Community Features: User-Generated Content

Awareness communities allow members to contribute content and participate using the full range of Web 2.0 features. This provides community members with a rich participation experience that meets their needs:

  • Blogs—each member can have their own blog, and blog entries can be aggregated into collective views (e.g., most recent posts, most active contributors, highest rated posts, etc.)
  • Discussions—create threaded discussion forums where members reply to posts from other members
  • Wikis—a post from one member can be edited by another member, maintaining version and author history
  • Videos—upload and share videos
  • Photos—upload photos, embed images in posts, create photo albums
  • Calendars—mark events and posts on a personal or group calendar
  • Tagging—members can "tag" content to allow other members to find that content via "tag clouds."
  • Mapping—apply "geo tags" to display content or member location on a map
  • RSS feeds—use RSS to incorporate content from external sources, or create RSS feeds to syndicate content to other sources and users
  • Podcasts—upload and syndicate podcasts
  • Bookmarks—mark and share URLS with other members
  • Voting &Rating—vote on content and aggregate the results
  • Status-members can update the community and their friends on what they are doing

An activity feed is generated to share the content that users create with the members of the community.

user-generated content

All content in an Awareness community is managed in the same way using the Awareness Uniform Content Architecture. Unlike other offerings that use distinct tools for blogs, wikis, discussions, etc., Awareness uses a single platform that gathers, organizes, and distributes content in a common, uniform architecture.

The User-Generated content in an Awareness community integrates with Social Networking, Profiles, and Enterprise Security and Control in a unique way to provide key benefits.