Aggie Feed block

Details

Looking for AggieFeed IDs?

No official list of AggieFeed IDs has been posted, but there's still a way to get at them through the link to the AggieFeed Service's public API page.

If you go to this page, and then use your browser's Find option (ctrl + f or command + f) and search on "sourceid" it will highlight all the aggiefeed IDs currently in use. The IDs can be names or a series of numbers. Gather the IDs you are interested in and then return to your block and insert them in the appropriate ID field for either a single feed or the multiple feed option.

Aggie Feed is an activity stream, similar to Twitter but without the focus on social interaction or 140-character limit. As the service develops, departments, authorized personnel and campus organizations will be able to post items to Aggie Feed, and use it as a real-time stream of information gathered from many campus sources.

The Aggiefeed block allows users to leverage this information stream inside of Cascade to display up-to-the-minutes news information in a similar fashion as the RSS block.

The full feed can be viewed at https://aggiefeed.ucdavis.edu and, if you have questions about how to add your own department's events, email aggiefeed-help@ucdavis.edu.

How to create an Aggie Feed block

Aggiefeed block

Aggiefeed block, second half

  • Title - title displayed at the top of the Aggie Feed block. Background color is set in the theme switcher
  • Heading-level - leave as the default H3 unless you know the requirements of semantic HTML headings
  • AggieFeed ID (for one only) - the ID information is provided by Aggie Feed and defines what event stream information will be displayed. If you have ONLY ONE ID, then use it in this field.
  • AggieFeed IDs (for multiple only) - the ID information is provided by Aggie Feed and defines what event stream information will be displayed. If you have MORE THAN ONE ID, then use it in this section and do not use the field above for the single entry. Use the green plus sign to create a new field for each Aggiefeed ID you have.
  • # to display - numerical option determining how many feeds will display by default
  • Display how many characters - sets how many characters will show by default with a Read more option inset to display the remaining text
    • 512
    • 256
    • 160
  • Icon display?
    • default - default icons provided by Aggie Feed
    • custom - displays icons as provided by the department to Aggie Feed
    • no - no icons will show
  • Show this message when there are no posts - in the event there are no Aggie Feeds to display, this message will show instead
  • Event sorting - by default, the posts are listed according to the publish date when the post was made. If you would prefer the posts are listed by the event date instead, check the 'Yes' box, and then indicate if you want the posts to display in "desc" order (newest to oldest), or in "asc" order (oldest to newest).
  • Event sharing - check the box to include the event sharing calendar icon
  • Social media options - allows you to list avenues through which your visitors can share your feed
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Google+
  • Settings
    • Language code - if the output will be display in a language other than English, you can specify the language code to aid in the proper character enconding for the foreign language
  • Style
    • Theme switcher - choose from a variety of pre-styled background colors
    • Custom class - apply your own CSS style and include the class name here, without the preceding period (eg '.class' should be entered as 'class')

How to attach an Aggie Feed block

  1. Review the Block Usage Chart for which attachment regions can support the Aggie Feed block.
  2. Locate the block attachment region.
  3. Click the attachment region, browse to the location where your block is saved, click to Confirm your selection and, on verifying that your block has been added to the page location, look to the bottom of the screen and click the Submit button.

Demo

Sample Aggie Feed