As Dell was kind enough to list me in the Virtualization Connect Widget I figured it would be fair to share this with all of you. One thing I want to point out is that I am currently not using the plugin myself as it didn’t fit my layout. I do believe this is a really cool initiative and if I re-do my layout I will try to make room for it.
Chasing Virtualization News Has Never Been Easier
By: Matthew Smith
Every day there are 7,330 blog posts written about the topic of virtualization. If your schedule is anything like mine you won’t be able to even read 1% of those blog posts. Think of all the important information you might miss out on? In answer to this problem the Dell virtualization team has been working hard to help make your life easier.
Introducing the Virtualization Connect Widget. The first widget to bring the latest virtualization news directly to your website. The virtualization connect widget is a WordPress plugin that can be installed on any WordPress blog (other platforms coming soon). The widget is a content aggregator that pulls summary descriptions and titles from the top virtualization bloggers in the industry (including Yellow-Bricks.com).
Here’s How the Widget Works
- The widget has a special crawler that goes to a pre-set list of virtualization bloggers that were selected based on quality, knowledge, and freshness of content.
- The crawler then takes a brief summary and title of the latest article and brings it back to the website that installed the widget.
- Articles within the widget are then stack ranked based on the total amount of social shares it received. For example if Duncan’s article received 50 tweets and someone else’s article within the widget received 25 tweets, Duncan’s article would outrank the other. This helps the installer of the widget to see the top stories within virtualization news.
Customization of the Widget
- Each widget is fully customizable to each installer’s individual needs. Within the widget settings you can actually select which virtualization thought leaders you want to follow.
- You can also add your own blogs and RSS feeds you would like to follow. Think of the widget as a super charged blogroll.
We are always looking to add additional thought leaders to the widget. If you think your blog has the right stuff then leave a comment or visit this page and submit your blog on the left side of the page.