We at the Tech team are happy to announce another set of new features on Praja. Starting today, all registered users will have access to these new features.
1. The Stream Microblog with Twitter Integration
For those of us who are familiar with Twitter, we now have an analogous feature built within Praja. How is PrajaBytes to name it? Suggest better if you have one. The idea is for you to share your status or broadcast those pithy one liners to all Praja users (and especially those who follow you, see below).
- To start posting, just head to 'My account' and type in the 'Stream' box.
- What more, you can link one or more of your Twitter accounts to your praja accounts. If you link your Twitter account, a tweet will be posted to your Twitter account when you make a post on Praja.
To link your Twitter account:
- go to 'My account',
- choose 'edit' and click on 'Twitter Accounts' tab.
- Fill in your Twitter id and Twitter password. We need your Twitter password to make posts on your behalf.
- Rest assured that the passwords will be stored securely and are not accessible to any users, including the admins.
2. Ability to follow other Praja users
You can now choose to 'follow' any other user of Praja. Following other Praja user's is a two step process
Step 1 - Choose who you want to follow
Just click on the user's name to go to their page and click the link to become there follower. When you follow a user, whenever they make a new post or a comment, they will appear in your 'activity' view (see below). This is a good way to avoid the posts and authors you are not interested in and read only the ones you want to.
Step 2 - Use your personalized activity view
Activities of all those you follow appear on your Home page. In addition to this, you can click on any user's name and see their page with all their activities, irrespective of whether you follow that user or not.
3. An improved navigation menu
For new and old users alike, we have tried to make navigation within the site easier with the 'Topics' menu at the top. The menu presents the contents of the whole website in a easy-to-navigate way. Hope this makes it easier to find posts on topics that interest individual users.
We hope that these features will make it easy to find content on Praja that suits your individual needs and follow the writings of users who you think are insightful. We believe that this is a step in the right direction to create a collaborative online platform for civic issues. Hope you do too!
Do get in touch with us through the contact form with your Bouquets and Brickbats