Sometimes, collaboration is really easy. Take feeds, for example.
A feed is a simple data format designed to bring you updates as they happen. In short, a feed brings you the news without you having to seek it out on web pages or in search engines. One common format is the RSS feed, which is standard on most websites.
Feeds also play a central role in Incentive. Whenever someone you're following has an update, whatever he or she does will end up in your News Feed. But did you know it's also possible to bring external feeds into Incentive from various sources that utilize common feed formats, such as RSS, Atom, or others?
For example, you might have a favorite human resources magazine that you enjoy reading online. The publication posts all of its articles on its website, but it's tedious to copy and paste all those articles to a Space or Wiki App in Incentive (not to mention, it might also be illegal).
An easier way to get all of those articles into Incentive is to add a Feed App in your Space - and group it with whatever project or Apps are a good fit.
Adding a Feed App in Incentive
Adding a Feed App is as simple as adding any other app in Incentive. Simply navigate to the Space you want to add in, and look for the "Add App" button. Helpful tip: if you don't see the "Add App" button, it usually means you're not a member of that Space. Once you join it, the button should appear.
In the App Library, look for the Feed App and click on it. You'll be prompted to fill out a short form. Give the app a name, description and appropriate icon, and finally, the source URL for the feed itself.
On our website, incentive-inc.com, we present our source URL like this:
And that's it! You will have to wait a few minutes - half an hour at the longest - before your new Feed App has scoured the site for feed content. After that, you should regularly see new content in your Feed App from your source websites – just click on the Feed App or look on your start page in the Activity Stream, where all results from feeds (and other apps) are presented.
Whenever you find a website with material and content you find interesting and don't want to miss, look for the feed and bring it to Incentive through a Feed App. If you find out later that it wasn't as interesting as you'd hoped, you just delete it.
Incentive is a leading provider of a complete, socially powered enterprise collaboration platform for mid-market organizations and enterprise teams that want to achieve improved profitability, increased efficiency and accelerated business results. With an easy-to-use interface, Incentive’s platform enables businesses to capture, collaborate and secure knowledge all in one place by tapping the power of their employees – the collective brain trust – to be better, stronger and faster than their competitors. Designed for organizations using Microsoft apps, architecture and services, Incentive allows users to take advantage of existing workflow apps, storage systems, and document management tools such as SharePoint in one central location, with single sign on and intelligent search. Its features include wikis, blogs, micro blogging, document collaboration, file sharing, instant messaging, video conversations, social behavior UX and API-based platform for app development. Founded in 2008, Incentive has helped thousands of customers worldwide accelerate positive business outcomes through improved collaboration and communication. The company has headquarters in Los Angeles and Malmo, Sweden. For more information visit www.incentive-inc.com and follow on Twitter @IncentiveInc