I've created a simple widget that exposes Twitter's Search widget inside of a community. You can configure this widget so that you can specify which hashtags to monitor. The widget updates in almost real-time every time someone uses the hashtag in Twitter. This is great if you want to have a community that supports a product launch, or a customer support community, or even a social media marketing community.
I'm working right now to get the widget posted in the Lotus App Catalog. Once the widget is there you'll be able to simply install it on your server.
UPDATE: 16/Feb/2012 - The widget is now available in the catalog here.
If you want to use it immediately, you can use the copy that's running on my publicly facing server by following these instructions:
- Follow the steps here to check-out and modify widgets-config.xml
- In the
section for community add the following 1 line of code
<widgetDef defId="TwitterSearch" url="http://blog.lbenitez.com/widgets/TwitterSearch/twitterSearchWidget.xml"
modes="view edit" primaryWidget="false" iconUrl="http://www.twitter.com/favicon.ico" uniqueInstance="true"/>
- That's it!! 1 line of code! Now, save and close the file and check it back in as documented in the instructions in step 1.
Here's a video that shows the widget in action.
Let me know what you think and if there are any simple changes you would recommend. I'll also be demoing this on my Monday session at Lotusphere '12 #ls12 so hope to see you there!