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These topics describe gadgets and provide gadget examples.

Gadgets

The section includes the following subsections:

What are gadgets?

Gadgets are applications that you can add to Conversations. Application developers create gadgets to meet needs that are specific to your environment. Gadgets provide one way to integrate useful applications with Oracle Social Network.

The browser instance of Oracle Social Network comes with an Oracle Social Network Site Gadget that lets you share a live web page in a Conversation. Your browser instance may include a variety of other gadgets.

How do I publish a gadget so others can use it?

  1. Open the Conversation where you want to add a gadget.

  2. Click the Gadgets tab to show all available gadgets.

  3. Click the Add button on the gadget.

  4. In the Add Gadget dialog, enter a name for the gadget.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Click the gadget to open it.

  7. Click the Edit link to open the gadget's settings dialog.

    Note: The settings that appear in this dialog depend on the type of gadget.

  8. Adjust gadget settings, and click Save.

How do I refresh a gadget's content?

  1. Open the Conversation that includes the gadget you want to refresh.

  2. Click the Gadgets tab to show all available gadgets.

  3. Expand the gadget, and click the instance you want to refresh to open it.

  4. Click the Refresh link.

How do I remove a gadget from a Conversation?

  1. Open the Conversation that includes the gadget you want to remove.

  2. Click the Gadgets tab to show all available gadgets.

  3. Expand the gadget, and click the instance you want to remove to open it.

  4. Click the Remove link.

  5. In the confirmation dialog, click Yes.

What does the Oracle Social Network Site Gadget do?

Use the Oracle Social Network Site Gadget to embed a live web page into a Conversation.

Note that some external sites, like http://www.google.com, don't allow embedding, and so don't appear when you add their URLs to the Oracle Social Network Site Gadget.

How do I add the Oracle Social Network Site Gadget to a Conversation?

  1. Open the Conversation to add the gadget to.

  2. Click the Gadgets tab to show all available gadgets.

  3. Click the Oracle Social Network Site Gadget Add button to open the Add Gadget dialog.

  4. Enter a name for the site, and click OK.

  5. Click the newly created gadget to open it.

  6. In the Address field, enter a URL in the format: http://www.example.com.

  7. Click Apply to apply your change and open the target URL on the Oracle Social Network page.

  8. Click the Messages tab to view the gadget in the Conversation.

  9. In the gadget, click Go to Gadget to go to the gadget's destination page (as exposed in Oracle Social Network).

How do I revise an Oracle Social Network Site Gadget's URL?

  1. Open the Conversation you added the gadget to.

  2. Click the Gadgets tab to show all available gadgets.

  3. Expand the gadget, and click the instance you want to revise to open it.

  4. Click the Edit link.

  5. In the resulting dialog, revise the site address.

  6. Click Save.


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