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Jive 5 Is Alive!

Posted by deirdrewalsh Aug 5, 2011

Screen shot 2011-08-02 at 11.16.06 AM.pngI'm even more excited about our upgrade to Jive 5 than I was when my mom took me to see Short Circuit 2 as a kid!


Obviously, if you're reading this post, things on the Jive Community look different. Today, we upgraded to Jive 5!


Along with the awesome new features and improved activity stream, you will notice some important UX changes that are designed to get you collaborating more in our community.


Here are some of my favorites:


1. You can now visually browse people, places, and content with the new interactive card view, or toggle into list mode.

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2. There is now a fresh new look and simplified actions on content.
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3. @mention people, places, or content in updates or in the rich text editor anywhere in Jive.

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Quoting the movie, "Number 5 is alive," so go ahead, play with the new tool!  If you have IDEAS for features, share them in the Product Innovation and Feedback Space.  If you happen to run into any upgrade issues, please place them in the Jive 5.0 Community Launch Issues group. 

change speedometer.jpgBuckle-up because we are on the fast track to upgrading the Jive Community.


Now, no matter who you are or how much work you're willing to do to make the application fit your needs, Jive is all about You.  When we upgrade this community to Jive 5 on August 4, we will bring personalization and customization to everyone who signs in! It's the new way to personalize: implicitly, based on what you do and what matters to you.


I've already spent a lot of time talking about What Matters, so here are 5 additional improvements you'll see:


1. Jive Apps

RSS widgets, OpenSocial Gadgets, and views into other systems. Jive Apps are selected by you and live on personal Apps Dashboards. (Yes, plural! Organize away!) Apps are naturally more powerful and interactive than any widget, and they provide an upgrade-safe way to extend what you can do in Jive.


2. Jive Genius

Stop missing the good stuff! Find out what you should have known about, before you're late to the party. Jive Genius looks at what you read and write, who you interact with the most, and where you engage to develop an opinion of what you'll find interesting. It then considers your interests and general popularity of an item to recommend the stuff you shouldn't be missing.

3. @Mentioning - the Power to Reference Anything Quickly and Easily

Linking in Jive is a great way to create a path to or from key information. And now with Jive 5, you no longer need to spend valuable time clicking through the link picker everytime you want to add a simple link. Typing an @ to search or pick from your history is a whole lot faster.


4. Jive Community To-Go

Whether on BlackBerrys, iPhones, iPads, or Androids, you can stay connected with your this community via your favorite mobile device.


5. All new ways to get back there, fast!

Remember that thing that you commented on – or did you edit it? It was awhile ago... It was about something to do with... Jive...?  Search doesn't work well for finding something again when you can't remember the specifics. But, soon you will have four new tools in Jive 5 to help you.

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a. Bookmarking Jive content and getting back to your bookmarks is streamlined all the way down to one click, and with eye candy, too! Click that Bookmark button over there on the right side of content, then check out the bookmark icon in the nav bar. Ooh, glowy... (You can still add notes and tags too if you want: edit the bookmark in that same spot over on the right.) Want to get back to something you've bookmarked? Click on the icon in the nav bar for all your recent bookmarks or to get to all your bookmarks.


b. If you've been there recently, it's in your History. History is right next to bookmarks in the navigation bar. In Jive 5, your history sticks with you, even across browsers and devices. So, if you visited something in the office and want to get back to it at home, History will get you there.


c. The new Browse Content page has a filter just for you: stuff you've participated in. This is every piece of content to which you've contributed. Don't remember if you wrote it, or just edited it, or just commented? It will show up here in any case.


d. When you get to any Browse view, you can do a fast type-ahead search or quickly filter on the fly by any one or many criteria to hone in on what you want. Even search by multiple tags, with suggestions from popular, related, and your frequently used tags.



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On August 4, we're upgrading this community to Jive 5, unleashing hundreds of new features and enhancements.



Below is an overview of some of the new capabilities.  Stay tuned to this blog for updates, and post questions and comments below.

Jive What Matters

Jive What Matters makes it simple to stay on top of information, communicate, and take action. There are Three Main Parts to Jive What Matters: Activity, Communications, and Actions.


1. What Matters Activity





The Activity section of Jive What Matters shows you what is happening  across your community, or among people you follow. You can interact  directly with updates within the What Matters activity stream.  In  addition to replying to content, and other actions (such as liking, tracking, or sharing) you can preview content directly within What  Matters. You can also easily tune your What Matters activity stream by hiding particular discussions, or updates from groups.







2. What Matters Communications

What  Matters captures and read tracks important communications (such as direct messages, replies to content you've created, or places where someone mentions you) so that you don't miss them.


3. What Matters Actions

What  Matters also tracks things you need to do--and makes it simple to take action without jumping to a new page, or logging into a different application. When combined with Jive Apps you can provide a simple way for users to do things like approve expense reports without jumping to a different application.



Here's a video providing a general overview of how we're trying to get better at proactively highlighting and recommending people, places, and content relevant to your areas of interest while reducing the noise form topics you're not as interested in.



If you need help communicating an upgrade to your community, join the Jive Customer GroupJive 5 Upgrade Planning - Start Here and find the Jive 5 toolkit.

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