I posted a status update earlier about making the Activity stream available on the homepage, and I'd be interested in any comments in this discussion.
Here's how it went if you don't want to click the link:
We use the Recent Activity widget on the Overview page for this. Not identical but close-ish?
Hi John. Yes, I think that's the right choice when the Activity stream isn't available as a widget, but the fact that it's not your own Followed Activity and you can't do a status update in that interface makes it a distant cousin.
Sure - but the only caution I would raise is that if you end up with the Overview page looking 'pretty much' like the Activity page (we are on J4T) it can confuse some users. The more so now that Activity has Community Announcements in J4T/6. I think if you have *two* pages they need clear distinct purposes.
I threatened that I might dump our Overview page when the Summer Release was announced (with updated Activity layout) - but haven' t done that so far. My original Overview page was more portal like but some users wanted us to add activity to it. So now we have Overview and Activity looking quite similar which I don't like. Perhaps I should have rejected the request to add activity to the Overview page but I didn't think through the making the pages similar enough at the time.
I'd almost come at it another way and ask for other widgets to be addable to the lower right hand column on the Activity page (below Trending People) and perhaps that whole right hand column could be widgetised.
I definitely agree with you about the two pages being identical. So in addition to widgetizing the Activity stream for the homepage, I think you should have the option to turn the Activity page off.
That means, of course, you'd need to have Recommendations and Trending Content (which are in the right sidebar of the Activity stream page).
I don't really think there's really something that can replace a newsfeed (Activity) on the homepage, including a status update field. The entire consumer web (Facebook, Twitter, LInkedin etc) is thriving because of the newsfeed, which allows you to see what your followers/friends are doing.
In my eyes, it's a must-have.
Agreed, would be the best place. From my perspective, I think it should be widgetized to provide the option. Not sure where I feel on the turning on/off of the activity page (given that it does more than just display the activity), but that's another conversation. =)
That's great to hear Ryan. I think turning it off requires having widget options for Recommendations and Trending Content, but that doesn't seem difficult - you're doing it in Jive for Teams now. Same conversation.
I'll repost this thread as a discussion in the platform space.