My conversation with Valerie got me thinking about my own needs; in addition to keeping up with my Network here at My dW, I also act as an admin for the My dW blogs application, and I'm an owner of the My dW feedback group. I thought it would be very useful to have a single view where I could monitor new activity, or be notified of updates to areas i need to be responsive to, like the Feedback group message board.
Now I could sit down and develop a JSP application similar to what enables the dW Overview page, but this would be overkill. Instead, I decided a simple feed aggregator would suffice nicely for my basic needs.
Here are the steps I took to construct a simple, but useful aggregated view of My dW activity meaningful to me:
Step 1: identify meaningful feeds. In my case, I wanted to follow activity for:
* New blog entries that are published on My dW
* New message board entries created on the dW Feedback group
* New members joining the dW Feedback group
* New messages written on my profile board
* New comments posted to my blog or the dW Enthusiasts blog
* New activity on the dW Home Public updates river of news (mainly for testing)
Step 2: Collect the Feed subscriptions... Lotus Connections makes this easy by publishing the feed URL within each page
Here is the result:
The Google Reader Watcher Firefox plug-in places a icon in the lower right hand corner of your browser window. When you hover your mouse pointer over the icon, a popup displays the number of unread entries you have for each feed you are following.
If your a community manager, marketing specialist, or just a social geek with your hands into lots of diverse areas within developerWorks, you may want to setup something similar. It is easy, quick, and effective!