Feedback on new "follow a group" feature
We're in the process of implementing a "follow a group" feature that would let anyone with a Connect account "follow" a group they're not a member of in order to receive email notifications of publicly-posted content.
Examples of how this could be used:
- ALA members could "follow" the ALA Board or Council group to receive email notifications of new content that's posted to those group Connect spaces and marked as "public."
- Councilors interested in following WAC's activities could "follow" our group to receive email notifications of public content added to our Connect space.
- WAC members could "follow" the ALA staff Web Editorial Board (WEB) in order to automatically receive updates when we post our meeting notes there.
As we get down to the nitty gritty details of how this will work, I need some feedback from all of you. Please give me your input on the following questions by the end of the day on Thursday (March 10).
- As Connect works now, "followers" would get email notices that would let them reply via email to comment on public comment. Is this okay?
- We'd put a text designation after the author's name to indicate whether or not the person is a member of the group or not. For example, if I "followed" the Board and responded to a post by Keith Michael Fiels, it would say "(group member)" next to his name as the author of the post. When I add my comment, it would list me as "Jenny Levine (non-group member)". Are those labels sufficient, or do you have suggestions for better labels?
- Do you see other pitfalls or problems? Do you have additional suggestions you'd like to make? Please note that the email notifications for followers will only be for public content, and private content will never be shared outside the existing group roster.