We are excited to tell you all about our new “Create a Board” feature on ROCKZi! As the product evolves, we have you in mind, dear User, and ways you can get more out of ROCKZi. What better way than to put the power in your hands to create boards based on your interests?
Sure, we have over thirty great boards to peruse, running the gamut from politics to entertainment, but what about those niche topics that really make your eyes perk up – your favorite band, theremin, baking – you get the picture.
Because ROCKZi is a social product and relies on viral growth, user-created boards are interactive and shareable for the ROCKZi community. As the creator of the board, you will get credited, score karma points, and have editing privileges. The board itself will be available for all to enjoy, and open for article submissions.
To create a board, you can use the search box in the drop-down menu to see if a board already exists. If it doesn’t, you will get to a page that gives you the option to create it. Here, I did a search for “ny fashion week” in the search box.
You can also click “Create Board” at the top of the page to go directly to the “create” page.
Once you hit the “create” button, you will see a preview of your board along with a list of feeds to get you started. You can delete the feeds you don’t want. As the board creator, you can also delete individual stories at any time – whether they are generated by feeds, added by you, or submitted by other users.
Hit “Accept” and voilà! Shiny, new board.
The boards you create will be accessible via your user profile and the menu search box. A handy tip as you create boards: make your topic search as clean and direct as possible, and watch out for spelling errors. This will allow us to return the feeds that are the best fit.
When we started out with our original batch of boards, we took the same approach as our blekko slashtags in that we manually curated high quality news and blog sites. At the same time, our coders have been honing the system to automate some of the process. Whether curated or crawled, we look for sources dedicated to topics as well as news results to grab board content. Since we look for news feeds that are about specific topics, there may not be enough content for some board ideas. For instance, vanity boards may not work out, unless you’re famous like Britney Spears.
In the rare instance where ROCKZi doesn’t float up content when you feel it ought to, contact us and we will do our best to bring the board into existence!
Check it out and let us know what you think. Happy board-creating!