Today we launched enhancements to the RSS functionality available for your network. These enhancements are meant to serve two goals: On the one hand, they give your members better access to relevant content on your Ning Network. They also provide third-party applications, you would like to integrate with, better access to specific content on your site. Here is a rundown of the enhancements:
Featured Content Feeds
Previously, there were limited feeds for content, but we have now expanded those feeds to include featured content. Here are examples of featured feeds for each content type:
As you may notice, you can simply add a "featured=1" parameter to the existing feed URL of each content type and get the targeted featured content feed.
Previously there was no feed available for listing of members on your network. We have introduced feeds for all members, most recent members, and featured members on your network.
Previously, an Events feed was available, but it provided very basic data about an event. For example, it captured the title and description for the event. We have expanded on this to add useful data, including:
This information is always part of the feed data but it can only be 'viewed' on a reader that understands iCalendar/xCalendar format. Your network now has the ability to show Event feeds for a specific user as well. Try it out by going to the page that lists the Events that have been created by a member. At the bottom of the list you will see a feed icon. This feed URL shows all the events created by this member. Here is an example of how this URL looks:
Also note that you and your members can always access these feeds from your network pages as well (the same way they access existing feeds). That is, there is a feed icon next to listings that come with a feed.
We hope these additions help your members stay informed of the latest and relevant content and allow third parties to build richer applications for your Ning Network.
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