Today we are publicly announcing a Pligg Module called “Status Update“. This module is currently still in the development and testing stage, but isn’t far off from completion and I think that this is a great time to share with everyone what this new tool will add to your Pligg website. The new module is designed to add “micro-blogging” to your Pligg powered website, similar to how Twitter and Facebook allow you to submit brief messages that display on friend’s profiles. I prepared a video to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the module, which you can view below. The video was produced a couple weeks ago, so it does not present the full capabilities and features that will be present in the final version.
Status Update Version 0.1a Preview Screencast
This module is already the most advanced Pligg module to date and will add a new level of user interaction to your Pligg site.The Status Update module is still being tested and will not be available for public release until early October 2009.
When your username is mentioned with an @ symbol in front of it, that will direct a message towards your account. You can direct messages using @username anywhere in the status update textarea. When a message is directed at a user who is your friend it will trigger the module to apply additional HTML code around that update. This was designed to allow you to style messages directed towards you to make them stand out from standard messages. Users also have the option to receive an email notifying them of the message, this can be turned on/off from the module admin panel or individually from user settings pages.
Automatic story updates is a feature that will automatically place status updates when a user submits a story or comment to the Pligg site. Users can configure whether they want to use these automatic updates and they have the option to turn it on or off from their user profile settings page. When they have this option turned on a status update will automatically be added that will link to the related story along with the story title and it will say whether the user submitted or commented on that article. User has no control over changing the text value of automatic status updates. We designed it this way so that user’s could promote their stories and comments without abusing the status update feature. Similar to the HTML code that can be applied to directed messages, automatic story updates can have their own styles defined in the module admin panel. There is an option for styling story updates and comment updates differently (see the screenshot at the bottom of this post).
Each post is assigned an ID number based on the order that it was posted to the site. If someone wants to link to another status update they could enter #12 where the number 12 is the status update number assigned to the status update they are referencing. That number will then be converted into a link to the permalink for status update number 12. You will also see a link to the permalink next to each post so that you can link to a status update directly to share with others.
Status updates have either a Delete or Hide link next to each post. A “Delete” link appears if you are the author of the status update and you wish to permanently remove it from the site. The “Hide” link is used if you are not the author, but would like to remove a specific status update from your profile.
There is also a reply link next to status updates. When you click on “Reply” a textarea pre-filled with the @username and #ID permalink will appear beneath that post. This makes it easy to send a message directed to that user and also provides a permalink to the status update that you are replying to. The reply feature will not nest the reply underneath the status update it is posted under, instead it will appear at the top of the status updates. This is because all status messages are posted in chronological order.
The module comes with a lot of options, which can be seen in the screenshot below. These options will allow you to configure the display settings, turn on and off features, and configure specific values such as how many results are displayed on each page or how many characters can be entered into each status update. The image below was taken 2 weeks ago and may differ from the final version since we are still making adjustments and adding and removing features.
Hopefully this post gave everyone enough details about the new module and is detailed enough to answer most questions that will come up. This module is really something that is better experienced than explained. That’s why we will be demonstrating it through the Pligg Gallery for advanced testing before providing it for purchase. Coming soon you will be able to experience the module right here on Pligg.com.