Microblog Posts Widget
What is it?
The Microblog Posts Widget displays a feed of specified Microblog Channels, and gives you the ability post a new Microblog Posts to these Channels.
Features and functionality
The Microblog Posts Widget will only appear if your digital workplace has Microblogs enabled.
Posts displayed in the Microblog Posts Widget will include the three most recent Comments made on that post. Click the “Show more comments” button to view 10 more Comments.
- Title: This puts a title on the widget itself.
- Description: This should describe the contents included inside the widget.
- Channels: You may choose one or more Microblog channels within your digital workplace to display in this widget.
- Sharing Options: If you select “Enable Sharing Thoughts” you will also have the option to select “Always Share to All Selected Channels”. “Sharing Thoughts” allows you to add new microblog posts through this widget. “Always Share to All Selected Channels” will default to all channels configured in the widget.
- Feed Options: If you select “Display Feed”, you will see the microblog posts within the widget, and you will also have the option to select “Show available channels in header”. This makes it clear to people which channels are included in the widget.
- Number of Results: Pick a small number if you do not have much space for this widget, or increase the number if you do have the space. If possible, it is nice to show at least three posts.
- Show Follow Icon: Display a follow bell button in the Widget that allows users to subscribe to all Channels displayed in the Widget that they have at least Read level Access to.
- Standard: This layout allows you to select User Photo, Author, and Date.
- Compact: This layout also allows you to select User Photo, Author, and Date (sharing options are disabled in this layout). This means that there is no Share a thought or Reply option.
The Appearance tab options are discussed in our article on Widgets.
How to add and edit the Microblog Posts Widget
If you have decided to include a Microblog Posts Widget on a page or space in your digital workplace you’ll need to first make sure you have a Microblog channel to display content from. While you can still add a Microblog Posts Widget to a page without having a Microblog Channel, you will not have any content to display.
Follow the steps below to add a Microblog Posts Widget to a Page or Space your digital workplace.
Step 1: Select the Action Button
Select the Action Button on the page or space where you want the widget to be. The Action Button will only appear if you have appropriate administrator access.
Step 2: Select Edit
Once you select the Action Button, a drop-down menu of options appears. Select Edit from the list of options.
Step 3: Choose your widget from the Add Widgets panel
Once the Edit page appears, a menu of available widgets appear in the Add Widgets panel. Use the circular buttons across the top to navigate to more widget options.
Step 4: Select and drag your widget to the display area
Select your chosen widget and drag it to the blue display area below. The display area can be broken into three columns. If you drag your icon to the far right, or far left, the widget will only take up one column.
Step 5: Customize the widget
To customize the widget, select the Edit option listed at the top of the widget that now appears in the display area.
Step 6: Edit the widget
Modify the widget’s Options, Layout, and Appearance using the features provided on the Edit menu.
Step 7: Select, Update
Once your modifications have been made, select Update, to apply your changes.
Frequently asked questions
How do I allow people to only post to one channel, while displaying several?
You can do this by setting up two widgets. The first can be set up only for posting, the second for displaying.
When setting up the first widget, add a title, select the channel you want people to post to and make sure “Enable Thoughts for Sharing” is checked and “Display Feed” is not.
In the second widget, do the opposite. Do not include a title, Pick the channels you want to display, and make sure “Enable Thoughts for Sharing” is disabled, and “Display feed” is turned on.
The end effect will be a display that looks very similar to a single Microblog Widget, but is secretly doing two different jobs.