Use the Activity Stream Like a Boss
While there may still be a lot of improvements that can be made to the Activity Stream in our new community, understanding the features & capabilities that we already have may be helpful for many users.
On SAP Community, users can Follow different types of questions, blogs, and primary tags. They also have the ability to follow other users. Relevant updates from these subscriptions can then be viewed from the Activities section of the Activity Stream. The Activity Stream is comprised of two services – Notifications and Activities – and can be accessed by clicking on Notifications or Followed Activities respectively from the main user drop-down:
I will explain how to make the best use of the Notifications section of the Activity Stream in a future blog post (now available: Use Notifications Like a Boss). However, this blog will focus on the Activities section. As shown above, clicking on Followed Activities will take the user to this page: https://activities.sap.com/#/activities. Here, the users are shown all relevant updates from questions, blogs, primary tags, and other users that they have followed throughout the community.
Given that a user’s subscriptions may generate hundreds of new activities on the Activity Stream, I have personally found the Filter on this page extremely helpful in isolating activities even further according to my interests. The following explains the different filter options that are available:
- All Activity Types: All activities in a reverse chronological order
- Blogs: Recently published blogs, blog comments, & content updates
- Questions and Answers: Recently published questions, answers, Q&A comments, and content updates
- Profile Updates: Profile updates from other users
- Social Activities: Social activities and feedback such as Likes, Up Votes and Follows
Therefore, if I would like to see all new questions, answers, and comments that have been published in all the primary tags I follow, I simply apply the Questions and Answers filter. This would show me only the new questions, answers and comments that were published instead of a list of ALL other activities that had been posted. The Blogs filter option also helps isolate other important activities such as new blogs published and blog comments posted in primary tags that I am currently following. Alternatively, activities that may be of lesser importance to me such as likes, up votes, and other follows can be seen by applying the Social Activities filter.
I will concede that SAP Community currently lacks the capability to notify our users exclusively or via email notification when new content is posted in their subscribed primary tags. We are currently working on refining such an idea (in addition to many other Activity Stream bug fixes and updates) that will make this possible. In the meantime, I hope the information shared here will help some users utilize the Activity Stream more efficiently, or as it is said these days, “Like a Boss!”