Release notes for June 2, 2009: Youtube video, public groups and helpful comments
By tbonnema on Jun 04, 2009
We pushed live the latest release to Mix on Tuesday afternoon.
Here's what's included:
Youtube video embedding for ideas
We've begun to roll out content embedding on Mix. For starters, you can now include a Youtube video in your ideas (see example).
Over the coming weeks, we'll add this feature to questions and group blog posts and will also support additional content types (e.g. Slideshare presentations).
This was one of the more popular requests we've received from our Mix members. We hope you like it and look forward to seeing what you'll do with this new feature.
Mark comments as helpful
We've added a simple flagging mechanism that allows users to mark each others' comments as helpful. For now, you'll simply see a green bar appear next to comments that have been marked helpful.
Over the coming weeks, we'll probably also do something with that information (e.g. expose the most recent helpful comments).
Up until now, everything on Mix except the homepage required logging into Mix with your Oracle SSO. We realized that that's a bit restrictive especially when you want to point people to Mix who haven't signed up yet. For example, on the Oracle OpenWorld '09 homepage, we've started to link to our various satellite sites on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and also Mix. When visitors tried to access the link to the Oracle OpenWorld group on Mix they were greeted with the rather unfriendly login mask.
We've added the option for group owners to manage their groups' privacy settings more granularly. The three privacy levels are:
- Private and closed
- Viewable to Oracle Mix members
- Publicly viewable
Again, let us know what you think. We'll share how many groups are making use of this new feature in our weekly metrics update.
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Finally, a few minor fixes were included regarding the RSS feed for group activity as well as a few things on the backend.