Most people seem to skip right over the groups module labeled Feeds. To a lot it just seems like a list of items - but quite the contrary - feeds are one of the most dynamic functions on the page and believe it or not can be a great aggregation tool. Check out some of these ways to use feeds...
- List all the activity related to your community topic. For example - If you have a group about "Cloud computing" - you can now have a feed that lists all the activity on My developerWorks as it relates (tagged) Cloud or Cloud computing. Here's how: Go to My home, select My watchlist, Add "Cloud" as a tag you want to watch. Cloud will now display in the list below on the left. Select it and you will see your watchlist for Cloud. At the bottom you'll see the RSS icon - right click and select "Copy link location". Paste that into the Feed URL in your group, give it a title "All My developerWorks activity related to Cloud" and you're all set. Repeat as necessary (there are probably several keywords related to your topic)
- Follow a user's activity - Do you want the community to know what you are doing on My developerWorks? What about a subject matter expert? Here's how: Simple - follow all the steps listed above, but instead of adding a tag to your watchlist - add a user's display name. Bingo! you can now keep up with all their activity right from within "Feeds"
- Follow a blog - So the blog's module lists all the latest entries - but what about all the other activity? Comments/responses, recommendations? Track that in a feed. Here's how:
- developerWorks forums - there is a wealth of knowledge, solutions, support, I could go on... in developerWorks forums. Before long, they will be a part of My developerWorks but until then - include them as a feed. Here's how: Go to the forum and at the top you'll see the RSS feed icon. Right click and select "Copy link location" - Paste this as your feed URL and give it a title. Presto! Your community can now track all the updates in forums without leaving the comfort of your group.
- Got a Twitter account? - You got it - capture the feed (Right click the feed icon, select "Copy link location", paste into the Feed URL) - and away you go.
- Related groups, people, blogs, bookmarks, etc - Anything you can do a search or a tag lookup - there is a feed available. And as soon as another one is added to the list - your feed will capture it. Here's how: Go to All Groups > From the tags list in the left - select a tag that is related to your community topic. You'll now see all the groups tagged with that keyword. At the bottom you'll see the "feed for public groups" Right click and select "Copy link location" - Paste this as your feed URL and give it a title. You can follow this for profiles, blogs, bookmarks and more.
You aren't limited to just importing feeds into a group (although you can see a lot of these in practice in our group feeds). Have a wiki? Pull the feeds into the wiki - here's a great example.
You'll need to find an RSS widget that will allow you to insert feeds via iframe.