Sometime in the middle of 2009, content literally started jumping off the SAP Community Network homepages.
See, earlier this year, we secretly replaced all the dynamic but permanently fixed article lists that lived below the fold on the SDN, BPX, BOC, and UAC homepages with much richer, more portable, and more collaborative content feeds. And for these reasons, they are awesome:
(1) Content-rich: Widgets aggregate content from multiple sources from our site, including articles published to our library, blogs, and the more popular forum threads, and from authors throughout SAP and the community.
One of my personal favorites is the ABAP widget:
As an editor in the ABAP space on SDN, I’m able to stay up-to-date on new ABAP materials through my iGoogle homepage, without having to surf among several different channels. While I may not be in editorial harmony with a blog title that contains three !!!’s, I still love the fact that everyone can be published on our homepages.
(2) Portable: You can take these with you! In fact, everyone can get one – there are plenty to go around. Click the “Get This” button and plunk it into Blogger, TypePad, Netvibes, iGoogle, Pageflakes, or your own web site. Just look under the hood and you’ll see the “sharing” options:
(3) Powered by you: Widgets are updated dynamically, in real time – but only because of the continuous contributions, questions, and give-and-take of the community. And given their viral nature, more widgets mean more eyeballs, more potential click-throughs, and hopefully more inspired collaboration.
Powered by the community as they are, the folks at NewsGator deserve recognition for providing the platform and support that makes these widgets possible.
And without further ado, I invite you to browse our collection of content widgets in the SAP Community Network Widget Gallery, where you can “get” one or two – or as many as you like. They’re free.
Main Gallery – Access community-specific gallery pages here, and look for additional materials including podcasts interviews by NewsGator.
Check back regularly for more topic-focused widgets, or let us know what else you’d like to see.