Enabling @mentions and in-line likes in IBM Connections 4.0 CR2

Here’s how to enable @mentions and inline likes in IBM Connections 4 CR2 (the features were included in the release but no documentation was available for how to enable them):

1) add the following to LotusConnections-config.xml (under <versionStamp> at the bottom)

<properties>
<genericProperty name=”com.ibm.connections.ublog.AtMentionsEnabled”>enabled</genericProperty>
<genericProperty name=”com.ibm.lconn.microblogging.inlineLiking”>enabled</genericProperty>
<genericProperty name=”com.ibm.lconn.microblogging.peoplePicker”>enabled</genericProperty>
</properties>

2) Perform a full synchronisation of your nodes, then restart servers running Homepage app.

Great discovery by Erik Sorensen. Thanks Erik! (A hat tip to Gert van Kempen and Femke Goedhart who found and shared this)

UPDATE 15 Feb 2013:

  • You may need to reformat this text to replace the “s with standard double quotes in plain text.
  • The ‘com.ibm.lconn.news.service.interfaces.AtMentions’ attribute that was originally mentioned in this post is not necessary.
  • You must have WebSphere 7.0.0.25 and the three manadatory fixes installed for this to work.
Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!
  • Hi Stuart, great stuff but I got a validation error on the xml file because quotes in your post were converted to some strange quote sign out of ACSII. When I replaced these “wrong quotes” with proper ones validation went through.

    • Ditto. Had to use ” quotes instead of the ones you get when you copy Stuarts text from the blog entry šŸ™‚

    • Btw, are we supposed to get a new left-hand-side menu in the homepage called “Mentions”? I canĀ“t see any. But the @ mentions work though šŸ™‚

      • I think full “mentions” will only come in 4.5 or in CR3. Or in both.

        • Yes, that’s my understanding as well – we’ll need to wait for 4.5.

    • Sorry about the issues with the quotes – I’ve tried to correct them in the post, but its proving to be difficult with this theme…

      • Hello Stuart, the xml appears to be invalid, shouldn’t it be:

        enabled
        enabled
        enabled

        ?

  • JIm

    I’m getting the same error. What are the “proper” quotes?

  • Manuel Ruiz

    How do work the inline likes?

    thanks Ā”Ā”

  • We had it running for quite some time with the first three properties set. When I saw Erik Sorensen’s post I discovered that he used a fourth property com.ibm.lconn.news.service.interfaces.AtMentions. A check with IBM resulted in the statement that this is not a valid property and thus is not necessary.

  • We have @mentions running for quite some time with the first three properties set. Later I saw Erik Sorensen’s post where is using a fourth property com.ibm.lconn.news.service.interfaces.AtMentions. A check with IBM resulted in the statement that this propery is not a valid one and not necessary for @mentions.

  • One extra detail. It seems you must be running WAS FP 25 and the three mandatory fixes for this to work.

    • I think we are running it with FP21.

  • FYI Stuart, your latest blog-update here removed the &lt/genericProperty> at the end of two of the parameters.. šŸ™‚

  • Nick Lee

    Hi anyone, I have posted a status update with @mention in our environment. But when I view the status update from our Lotus Notes Client, the @mention seem to be attached with some weird characters. Does anyone having this similar issue?

  • Btw, keep this in mind: http://blog.robertfarstad.com/2013/03/discovery-mentions-fail-when-using.html

    IC4 CR4 will support other keyboard languages. I doubt 4.5.0 will, but 4.5 CR1 perhaps.