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All About: Blogs and Discussions

Updated: August 26, 2012

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Thinkfinity Community discussions allow you to to share ideas and resources, provide useful advice, share an opinion or ask questions. Discussions are asynchronous, so you can post anytime, from anywhere and there are always community members willing to offer advice, make a suggestion or just lend an ear.

 

Blog posts within the Verizon Thinkfinity Community works best as a one-way post from a manager or writer to a crowd. As a member of a group, you can create and comment on blog posts. Blog posts are a great way for groups to broadcast information or post announcements. You can also subscribe to blog posts using a RSS Reader.

 

 


 

Blogs

 

Reading Blogs
  1. Navigate to the group homepage by selecting Browse > Places on the dark red navigation bar at the top of the page or select Places from the main navigation bar. Note: There are several ways to navigate around the community.
  2. Select Content and filter by selecting Blog Posts. Note: Not every group has a blog.
  3. By default, the posts are listed from newest to oldest. You can filter blog posts by tag or using one of the sorts from the drop down.
  4. Select the title of the blog post to read the full content and any comments.

 

Commenting on Blogs

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  1. From the main group page, select Content and then filter by selecting Blog Posts.
  2. Select the blog post that you wish to comment on.
  3. From this window, you can view the comments already published about this post or select Add a comment to add your own thoughts.
  4. If you add a comment, make sure to select Add Comment at the bottom of the dialogue box in order to publish your comment. In some cases, a group's manager must approve comments before they are published.

 

Adding a Blog Widget to your Group Overview Page
  1. If you want to add a new widget, choose Manage > Overview Page.
  2. Select Content as the widget type.
  3. Select a specific widget, Recent Blog Posts or View Blogs are good choices.
  4. Select the green, Drag to Add button. Then, drag the widget to a location on your page.
  5. Choose Publish Layout to save the changes.

 

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Creating a Blog Post

 

  1. Once you have created or joined a group, navigate to the group Overview tab where you would like to create a blog post by selecting Places from the main navigation bar at the top of any community page. Note: If the group privacy is set to Members Only, you must be a member of that group to create a blog post.
  2. Locate the Actions menu on the right side of the screen and select Write a blog post.
  3. Enter a title and the content for your blog post. You can add links, images, and more using the editing toolbar at the top of the content pane. Add tags to help organize your posts and make them more easily searchable by the other members of your group.
  4. You also can add a publish date and time or change commenting options for your post by selecting the plus sign located to the left of Extended Options below your content window.
  5. Select Publish. Note: It's always a good idea to select Save or Save and Continue if you are working on your post for more than a few minutes to ensure that you don't lose any content.

 

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Editing a Published Blog Post

 

  1. Navigate to the group where your blog post is published. Select the Content tab at the top of the group page and filter by Blog Posts. (Alternatively, simply search for your blog post and select it in the search returns.)
  2. Select the title of the blog post you would like to edit.
  3. In the Actions menu on the right side of the screen, select Edit.
  4. Modify the post and select Publish.

 

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Subscribing to Blogs

If you would like to receive a notification through your RSS feed when a blog is updated, please follow the directions below.

 

Subscribe by RSS

  1. From the main group page, select Group Feeds in the Actions menu.
  2. Locate the Blog Post URL.
  3. Either select the link to add it to your default feed reader or copy the URL and paste it into your feed reader program.

 

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About RSS

 

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way for you to keep track of changes or additions to content you care about. By subscribing to the RSS feed for content, you are asking to have easy access to information about content changes or additions.

 

To view RSS feeds, you use an RSS reader (also known as an "aggregator"). This could be your web browser (recent versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari support this). There are also reader applications that are specifically designed to collect and aggregate RSS feeds.

 

Learn more about RSS feeds

 

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