Connections


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You are not isolated with Socialtext. You can connect a Socialtext workspace to the rest of the Web. Socialtext provides a number of ways to connect a workspace to other dynamic web services.

Instant Messaging and Presence

Do you have an instant messaging service? A conferencing service? You can link directly from a Socialtext workspace to your profile, so your colleagues can reach you with a simple click!

In Simple mode, using WikiWidgets, you can create a link to various IM services. From the Insert menu in the toolbar, choose AIM link, Yahoo link, or Skype link, and add your account information for the service you'd like to link to.

Here's how to do it in Advanced Mode:

AIM:

put this in a page
aim:yourAIM_ID
and see yourAIMidyourAIMid

Yahoo!

put this in a page
yahoo:yourYahoo!_ID
and see yourYahoo!_IDyourYahoo!_ID

Skype

put this in a page
skype:yourSkype_ID
and see yourSkype_IDyourSkype_ID

Convoq ASAP

put this in a page
asap:yourASAP_ID
and see yourASAP_ID

Google and Technorati

A Socialtext Workspace makes it easy to keep the Web's best information inside your pages. You can place Google searches directly on a page. They will be constantly and automatically updated by Socialtext.

In Simple mode, using WikiWidgets, you can create a feed of the results of a particular Google search. From the Insert menu in the toolbar, choose Google search, and fill out the resulting dialog box to create the search you want to appear on the page.

In advanced mode, if you write {googlesoap: social software}, it will show

Service description 'http://api.google.com/GoogleSearch.wsdl' can't be loaded: 404 Not Found


Web feeds (RSS, Atom): in and out

Feeds go out

A Socialtext workspace lets you keep track of changes in a workspace by using an external newsreader without going back to the workspace. Socialtext supports both RSS and Atom, the most popular subscription formats. See the RSS Tutorial for details and uses. In Socialtext workspaces, individual pages, recent changes, watchlists, and weblogs have RSS feeds.

Subscribe to a Socialtext feed. The RSS button rss.png appears wherever RSS is available. To subscribe, click on it, copy the URL, and paste the URL into your news aggregator.

Most aggregators will immediately download entries from the subscription. Some aggregators will check for updates when they start, at hourly intervals or on the schedule you set to poll for the latest updates.

Password protection. If you are in a private, password-protected workspace, check your aggregator's instructions for authentication (password login).
SECURITY WARNING: Private, password-protected Socialtext workspaces also provide password protection for your subscription feeds. Some aggregators let you log in by putting your username and password in the URL (web address). Do not do this. This login method is not secure. NewsGator is an example of an aggregator that handles authentication without revealing names and passwords.

Feeds come in

Socialtext also enables you to display dynamic external data sources through subscriptions directly on pages. If you want to keep track of a client in the news or you want to keep track of yourself in the news, embedding a news ticker on their profile page is a great way to do it.

Other websites also will display the orange RSS button: rss.png If you click on that button, you will be shown the feed. Just copy the address from the browser's address bar. Say the address was

http://example.com/rss.xml

Then, you can subscribe to the feed headlines by using WikiWidgets. From the Insert menu in the toolbar, choose "RSS feed" and paste the address you copied into the dialog box. An RSS feed WikiWidget will be created.

You can also do this from Advanced mode by writing:

{fetchrss: http://example.com/rss.xml}.

For example,

{fetchrss: http://www.socialtext.com/weblog/rss.xml} will show recent headlines from the Socialtext blog:

fetchrss: http://www.socialtext.com/weblog/rss.xml
  • There was an error: 404 Not Found


To show the full text of a feed, write:

{fetchrss: http://example.com/rss.xml full}

Note: While you can't import an RSS feed from another workspace, you can get the same results in a different way. To show a list of recently changed pages in a workspace, use {recent-changes: <workspace>} where <workspace> is the name of the workspace to watch.



Technorati

Technorati is a weblog search service that searches millions of weblogs. Technorati provides a number of valuable services which are integrated into a Socialtext workspace.

In Simple mode, using WikiWidgets, you can create a feed of the results of a particular Technorati search. From the Insert menu in the toolbar, choose Technorati search, and fill out the resulting dialog box to create the search you want to appear on the page.

If you prefer to use Advanced mode, write {technorati: http://www.example.com}, using your website URL instead. For example, {technorati: http://www.socialtext.com}.

Note: Please speak to your Socialtext account manager to have weblog pings for Technorati and other web services enabled on your Eventspace.

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