I've created a simple widget that exposes Twitter's Search widget inside of a community. You can configure this widget so that you can specify which hashtags to monitor. The widget updates in almost real-time every time someone uses the hashtag in Twitter. This is great if you want to have a community that supports a product launch, or a customer support community, or even a social media marketing community.
I'm working right now to get the widget posted in the Lotus App Catalog. Once the widget is there you'll be able to simply install it on your server. If you want to use it immediately, you can use the copy that's running on my publicly facing server by following these instructions:
Follow the steps here to check-out and modify widgets-config.xml
In the <definitions> section for community add the following 1 line of code
That's it!! 1 line of code! Now, save and close the file and check it back in as documented in the instructions in step 1.
Once you restart IBM Connections, you'll be able to add the widget to any community and configure it for any hashtag. This simple widget took me about 10-15 minutes to code showing once again the extensibility and flexibility of IBM Connections. And because it was created by me, do note it's not officially supported by IBM and is provided as-is.
Here's a video that shows the widget in action.
Let me know what you think and if there are any simple changes you would recommend. I'll also be demoing this on my Monday session at Lotusphere '12 #ls12 so hope to see you there!
Communardo Further Integrates Confluence with IBM Connections
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 5:12a Luis Benitez I've talked about integration of IBM Connections with Confluence in the past. Communardo has created 3 new integration points to bring together IBM Connections and Atlassian's Confluence. These integration points are important for organizations that may be using both products and want to provide more synergy between them. This is yet another example of IBM Connections as a social layer, where you can embed Connections into other business apps allowing you to bring social to the end users.
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The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo - Part 4
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 9:12a Luis Benitez And here we come. The 4th and final post on the code that I used during the IBM Connect 2014 keynote (the OGS!). If you need to catch up, here's Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The next part of code that we created for the keynote demo was the file viewer. It's worth noting that we first did this file viewer to render IBM SmartCloud Connections files inside our portal. In the end, we ended showing this directly in the community landing page (which is one of the new features we announced -- the [read] Keywords: connections
The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo - Part 2
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 5:11a Luis Benitez Yesterday, I shared the initial piece of code that I got working in getting ready for the IBM Connect 2014 keynote demo. If you haven't seen that, take a look at that before going through this post.
As I explained yesterday, I wanted to get a Pinterest-like layout for the activity stream within the portal, and that's what I showed yesterday. I then wanted to take that example and also add that to the landing page of a community. That way, as a community manager I can not only see the latest [read] Keywords: connections
The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 5:12a Luis Benitez This is probably going to be part 1 of a series. Now that IBM Connect 2014 is done, I wanted to recap and share with the community in more detail what I showed at the keynote (a.k.a OGS/Opening General Session).
First, I assume that you've seen the keynote by now. If you haven't, here's the full session. If you skip to about 1:12:00 that's where my part begins.
I divided my demo into 3 parts:
IBM Mail Next ( check out what Twitter had to say)
New features in IBM Connections
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Kaltura Shows Off Their Video Extension for IBM Connections
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 5:11a Luis Benitez IBM Connect 2014 is now done and there's a lot for me to catch up with. My plan is that in the next few days I'll be sharing some of the code that I used during the keynote (Opening General Session). The code was all going against the IBM Connections APIs so you can start using it today against your current system.
Before going there, however, I wanted to share a bit about Kaltura's video extension for IBM Connections. In their blog last week, Kaltura announced their new video extension [read] Keywords: connections