With the recent launch of SBS 4.5, Jive has embraced the OpenSocial standard to make it easy to embed many OpenSocial-compliant widgets into Jive instances. But we didn't want to just bring enhanced widget functionality to administrators; we also wanted to bring it to each and every Jive user. So, I am very pleased to announce the launch of Jive Widget Studio. This free plugin for Jive 4.5 allows each and every user to customize his or her Jive experience with purpose-built, useful widgets.
Personalizing Jive: Find Widgets, Make Widgets, Get Widgets from Others
With Jive Widget Studio community members are empowered to find widgets, make widgets or get widgets from other users in their community.
- Finding widgets: One way that users will be able to make use of widgets is by plucking a widget or two from the Jive Widget Gallery -- a curated list of widgets provided exclusively by Jive -- and adding them to his or her Jive instance. This route gives users a quick jolt of functionality and content without the burden of creating a widget of their own. Available widgets include Advertising Age, Car and Driver, and HR World news.
- Making widgets: For those users with the vision of what they want, Jive Widget Studio also provides a series of highly customizable templates to make widgets of their own. Users can bring in RSS feeds, Twitter, Vimeo and other external sources as well as create custom countdown, survey forms, and photo galleries (see screenshot above).
- Getting widgets from other users in their community: Finally, users have the ability to share their widgets with other members of their community by including widgets in public groups, spaces, and projects. With two simple clicks other users can grab your shared widget and use it themselves.
As Chris Morace recently blogged, Jive is 100% committed to pushing the boundaries of highly personalized, functional, and most importantly consumable software within the enterprise. Jive Widget Studio is just one small step on that roadmap, but one we are excited to bring to customers today! Stay tuned for the Jive Apps Market in our Jive 5.0 release as we continue on the journey to helping users add purpose-built functionality to their Jive experience.