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Re: Hoopla Blog suggestions

Lynda ·
I should tell you why I thought of this today! http://www.healthline.com/heal...est-allergy-blogs#16 Wanted to link to the blog collection page but it decided otherwise because of how it currently looks.
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Re: Hoopla Blog suggestions

Melanie ·
Yes, I really think giving us more ability to customize our blog pages (e.g. apply a specific theme to them; customize the header (title/description or image); etc) would really help. Our collections page could be really great if we could add a description (text and image) for each collection. (Exactly like the Forums Directory; but just have a Blog directory where we could add a description and thumbnail image.) Thanks for all the improvements over the last year and for considering our ...
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Re: Hoopla Blog suggestions

Brian Lenz ·
Hey guys, I can confirm that this is a feature that we are considering for a future release, but we don't have it on the development schedule right now. As a result, I can't give you an ETA as to when it might be available. It might be best if you create a separate topic here for the idea so that others can vote on the specific feature. As it is here (#4 on the list), it might get lost/overlooked by the rest of the community. Brian
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Re: Hoopla Blog suggestions

Melanie ·
Starting a new topic as I can't find that I ever did. If it is a duplicate, feel free to link / close any old ones. ~
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Rich Melvin ·
Brian, it warms my heart to see someone like you, who is very knowledgeable about the tech side of things on the internet, and who is much younger than I am, do something like this. The issues you raised are spot on and have motivated me to do the same thing. I got a Faceplant page about 2 years ago solely for family purposes. I think I have 8 "friends." My daughter was posting pics of the grandkids there at the time. However, due to the privacy concerns you linked to in your post, she has...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Brian Lenz ·
Hi Rich, Thank you for the thoughtful and kind words! It's humbling to hear. I can't believe it's been over 5 years now since I wrote this post and quit Facebook. I can tell you that I've never looked back After a nasty election cycle like this year, I can definitively say I don't miss it at all! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts; enjoy the Facebook-free life Brian
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Re: Like and Follow buttons

Brian Lenz ·
Hi Wiekus, Hoop.la does already support following and liking individual blog posts, but just not from the full blog list. To do like or follow a blog post, you must visit the blog content page (vs. the blog list that shows multiple blog posts). For example, on your blog: http://wire.hoop.la/blog You can't like or follow individual posts, but if you drill down into a specific blog post: http://wire.hoop.la/blog/433365571499814471 then you can like and follow the blog post. Does that help...
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Re: Like and Follow buttons

Wiekus ·
Yes it Help, but I looking for the ability to like and follow from the main blog list, Like it is in Facebook.
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Re: Suggested Blog Improvements

Melanie ·
*bump*
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Re: Suggested Blog Improvements

Brian Lenz ·
Hi Melanie, 1c is actually already supported. When posting or editing a blog post, you can drag and drop the images into whatever order you choose. The first image will be used as the thumbnail, so you can just put it on top by dragging the attachment box to the top. There's no need to start all over with the upload of attachments. So, there's one idea already supported The rest of your suggestions are all good ideas, but they aren't currently on our near-term development schedule. As...
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Re: What is the difference between a blog post and a forum topic?

Lori ·
Hi, Emma: The difference between a blog and a forum topic, on its very basic level, is one-way communication vs. two-way communication. With a blog entry, you are writing an article, perhaps, and even though your members may comment on that article, it's mostly about you sharing information with your members. Blog-writing can also be shared by multiple people, whether it's a hand-picked group of your choice, or all members. A forum topic, on the other hand, is a way to start a discussion, to...
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Re: What is the difference between a blog post and a forum topic?

Emma Firsten-Kaufman ·
Thanks, Lori. That helps a lot. Best, Emma
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Re: What is the difference between a blog post and a forum topic?

Lori ·
You're welcome!
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Re: Phantom blog posts

Ted O'Neill ·
Hi Emma- Removing something from the menu does not disable its functionality. To disable a module, you need to go the Structure part of your admin control panel (either for your main site or for a particular group) and disable the module(s) there by unchecking the box for the module(s). (And make sure that you click on the "Update Settings" button after you make your changes). In the example below, I have disabled the Clips and Calendar modules. When you disable a module, it can not be used...
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Re: Phantom blog posts

Emma Firsten-Kaufman ·
Ah I see! Thanks, Ted - very helpful. Emma
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Re: The Sets and Collections Release

ST ·
Hi Ted, I didn't realize that I needed this until just this past weekend. This is terrific as we stratafy [sic] features to align with incentives. Congratulations on the new logo. I wish we still had the "powered by" image selector for themes." We'd be much happier with a black or dark gray icon to go with our overall grayscale aesthetic. ST
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Re: The Sets and Collections Release

Ted O'Neill ·
Thanks for the feedback, ST.
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Re: Order of post replies to Blog articles

Lori ·
Hi, ST: You can change that in your control panel under Display Settings, at the bottom of the page. There's a dropdown there that allows you to choose between Newest to Oldest, Oldest to Newest, or Most Popular. Lori
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Re: Order of post replies to Blog articles

ST ·
Thanks Lori!
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5 Most Useful Social Media Blogs for Small Biz

Rosemary O'Neill ·
So blogs are popping up like mushrooms around you, and you don't know how to sort out the good ones from the time-wasters?  I feel your pain; that's why I'd like to share my 5 "go-to" blogs.  These are the ones that I read every single time...
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5 Things to Do While Office is a Ghost Town

Rosemary O'Neill ·
I'm out of the office this week, but I was thinking about all of the cool stuff you could do if you're one of the lucky ones who is in the office while everyone else is skiing at Banff or visiting relatives in Minnesota (by the way, I'm doing neither...
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6 Key Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Online Community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
You've decided you need an online community. Good, because you probably do. Yes, even if you already have a Facebook page (falls under the "don't put all of your eggs in one basket" rule).  Before you go off to the races, you need to sit down...
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The "Baby, You're A Star" Release

Ted O'Neill ·
We've just rolled out a new set of features for Hoop.la!  We call this one "Baby, You're A Star" because it is focused on member blog posts and clips, as well as featuring content. 1. Member Blogs and Clips Each member profile page now...
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Quick Tip: Create a "best of" widget in Hoop.la

Rosemary O'Neill ·
You were brilliant.  You waxed poetic.  You got thousands of visitors.  And then your genius blog post sank to the bottom of your blog list.  (Cue the sad music) Well never fear, there's an easy solution! Create a "best...
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What's the difference between a blog and a forum?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Different tools for different jobs, right?  You don't use a hammer to tighten a screw, and you probably wouldn't use a blog to provide customer service. But with all of the different options for social interaction, it can be tough to decide...
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Blogs w/comments vs Forums: the steel cage match

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Guess what?  Blogs and forums are not mutually exclusive, and they don't have to be mortal enemies.  In fact, they can be used to enhance the same community. But how do you decide which tool suits your own needs? Here's a quick summary...
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Community guidelines for blogging

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Most online communities that include forums have put together community guidelines for forum behavior. These types of guidelines usually include rules about self-promotion, signature use, civility, and other rules of the road.  ...
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Your first day as a community manager

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Congratulations!  You just landed one of the coolest, most challenging jobs on earth.  Now what? As you start your first day as a new community manager, remember you are moving into a house where someone else arranged the furniture, picked...
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Communities migrate like butterflies

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Every October, thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate to Pacific Grove, California.  It makes for an amazing sight as they arrive en masse from all over the Western United States to spend the winter in the eucalyptus trees.  Over time, the...
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Quick tip: Using widgets to highlight LiveCloud collections

Rosemary O'Neill ·
This is just a quick Monday tip for our LiveCloud bloggers!  If you're using collections to organize your blog posts (and you should be, if you've got a decent amount of content), you can use widgets to highlight certain collections on your home...
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Gather around the virtual hearth

Rosemary O'Neill ·
My family is far-flung, partially because Ted & I decided to move to Seattle 10 years ago. We've got relatives on both coasts, and some who travel internationally on occasion. There's no way we'll all be together for Christmas, but we can stay on top of each others' daily tribulations and triumphs online. Having a private online space for your family to gather is a great way to stay connected when you're physically far apart. Why start a family community? Free options -...
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How to take your first steps into an online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Lots of digital ink has been spilled discussing how to start an online community and how to grow one, but not much has been said about how to gracefully join an existing online community.  Even if you are an admin, blogger, or moderator of your...
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How to use the "firehose" to water your garden

Rosemary O'Neill ·
How many blog feeds are you subscribed to? Do you read online articles related to your industry? Do friends forward relevant posts or articles to you?  Yeah, me too. The daily onslaught of information can be overwhelming, but there's a reason you...
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How to blog, 3-2-1

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Rocket by mtshaw , on Flickr   There are as many ways to blog as there are bloggers, but I recently had someone ask me how you start from scratch, so here goes.  This is my 3 - 2 - 1, super-simplistic blog launching pad. 3. Choose your subject area .  Be sure that it’s a subject you know backwards, forwards, in your sleep, and could talk/write about for a long time without running out of ideas.  Think about your subject as a potential mate; you don’t want to...
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Is group blogging for you? Some pros and cons to consider.

Rosemary O'Neill ·
When it comes to blogging, is it "the more the merrier," or do you need to worry about "too many cooks in the kitchen?" That depends on the purpose of your site, the composition of your community, and the resources you have available. Many...
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It's OK if Your Mom Follows Your LiveCloud Blog

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Yes, you read that right.  Your LiveCloud blog is an easy way to privately or publicly communicate with your family, your pals, AND your business associates. We realize that your colleagues might not be interested in your son's high school...
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Quick tip: Join someone else's community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
This one is for all of you community managers out there.  Do you eat your own dog food?  Do you belong to an online community yourself?  I know, I know, you have no free time, but hear me out.  If you're not out there as a...
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25 ways to make your community members feel special

Rosemary O'Neill ·
One goal of every community manager is to make community members feel special, and keep them closely connected to the community. Today I'm offering up a quick hit list of ways to make that happen (please add your own ideas in the comments!):Give...
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We're making a Hoop.la, come check it out

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Today, we're so happy to announce the release of Hoop.la, our reinvention of online community.  If you've been struggling with an outdated, hacked-together community site, Hoop.la is the solution to your problems.  If you're running a...
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New: Post by email for forums and blogs

Ted O'Neill ·
We've added support for posting by email for forums (in Hoop.la and UBB Forum ) and for blog entries ( Hoop.la ).   If you enable the feature, your community members will be able to post new forum topics and/or blog entries directly via email....
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What are the KPIs for an online community?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Marketers sometimes like to make up acronyms for really simple things---for example, they say "KPI's" instead of "how we measure success."    KPI stands for Key Performance Indicators, and they are metrics used to help an organization...
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How to Post Blogs with Pretty URLs

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Today's blog is to highlight a lesser-known feature of our blogging platform---pretty URL strings.  No, they don't have shiny blonde hair.  They are just more attractive to search engines because they include actual words instead of codes...
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Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

Rosemary O'Neill ·
As a small business owner with no digital agency, no reputation management firm, and no offshore support boiler rooms, I have settled into my own groove for handling social media responsibilities.    There are lots of folks out there who can...
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Social media jargon demystified

Rosemary O'Neill ·
The other day, I had to look up a social media term I had seen floating around in my cyber-travels, but had never fully understood.  It's hard to admit, but no, I don't know everything yet.  Yes you can quote me on that.  Since I'm...
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Don't be a social Frankenstein.

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Does your social community look like Frankenstein? Are your Facebook page, Twitter stream, YouTube channel, and blog lumbering around cyberspace in search of friends? If so, then you need a way to pull it all together into a social hub that lives...
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The social media bubble, are you in it?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Those who cheerlead for social media are in one bubble, and those who pooh-pooh it are in their own bubble.  The best place is reality, in between the two camps.  Depending on the day, you will read headlines that any given platform,...
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Sometimes Less Is Not More

Ted O'Neill ·
I generally believe the mantra "less is more" is correct.  There is a beauty and efficiency in boiiing things down to the most essential.  And it is also a design goal we have with our products- even products as incredibly rich as...
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Statistics don't matter, people do.

Rosemary O'Neill ·
When your job involves planning, managing, and growing an online community, whether it's forums, blogs, or social networking sites, it's very easy to get wrapped up in statistics.  Is my site SEO friendly? Am I on Google page one? How many page...
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The Sets and Collections Release

Ted O'Neill ·
We've rolled out an update for Hoop.la that focuses on some enhancements for media uploads and sets/collections in Hoop.la. Here are the major changes: New 'Post Clips' and 'Upload Attachments' Permissions Previously, you could use permissions to control the types of media files that a user could upload to your site (photos, videos, etc.), but admins had no way to control clips in general or attachments in general. Now you can, with the new permissions for "Post Clips" and "Upload...
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How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Sunday afternoons, when I was a kid, you'd find me huddled on the floor with my ear to the radio, listening intently for Casey Kasem's American Top 40 countdown.  Did The Carpenters slip a spot? Did that new song from the Saturday Night Fever...
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