Release notes for June 2, 2009: Youtube video, public groups and helpful comments

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).

Public groups

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.

Comments:

Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I'm more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out. This is good...thanks for sharing

Posted by Brian Hiller on January 20, 2010 at 06:47 AM PST #

Come on guys, give him a break. He is making a lot of sense.

Posted by Raymundo Bohaty on February 03, 2010 at 06:33 PM PST #

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