Go Poke Yourself

Hear that? Listen close – do you hear that fog horn in the distance? Yeah, that’s the one. THAT, my friends, is the sound of WebCenter Interaction totally missing the boat on Enterprise Social Networking.

As proof of this, let’s take a look at the relatively new Activity Stream feature in WebCenter Interaction. It’s a fantastic concept and the core of ANY Social Media platform (ala the “Facebook Wall”) – you want to know who’s doing what to whom and when. Simple, right? And from what I’ve seen, it’s actually pretty well implemented with security and RSS feeds, and has a tiny bit of documentation. The Activity Service has always come with the User Activities Service, which is like a micro-blogging application with some of the functionality and none of the good looks of, well, ANYTHING on the market today.

WCI 10gR4 (Neo) introduced the “Enterprise Poke” application in its Portlet Suite, which is so comically bad I’m kicking myself for even looking at it and blogging about it – but hopefully this post will save you the time and effort to set it up. Really, this is pretty much all it does:

.. and when you pick one of those, it posts to the users Activity Stream so you get to see this assault on the visual cortex:

A decent sample app to show you how to build your own micro-blogging awesomeness, maybe. But this Enterprise Poke thing doesn’t even include the source code, so not only do you not get useful sample code, but you get a completely worthless application that will get you lynched by your users. Or maybe they’ll all just “throw a stapler at” you.

*sigh*. Keep on keeping on, friends, looking for WCI to live up to its Enterprise 2.0 promise.

Oh, one more thing – you can’t even change that action text without cracking open that enterprisepoke.war file and editing property files, but the awesome thing is that Oracle spent time TRANSLATING all this ridiculousness into way too many languages. This is an unedited version of the property file, which is awesome: it defines what a stapler is (stapler = the thing you
use to staple your thumb to a piece of paper). For all you Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Portugese speakers out there, you’re welcome.

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