Sharing Ideas

OWH not only lets you share all of your ideas as simple web pages, but lets others link your ideas into their workspace so you can collaborate on an idea with as many people as you like.

Check out this video:

Sharing Ideas in Orbital Warehouse - YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5YHaF90tYM
Sharing Options

To share an idea, change it sharing settings. In the workspace, you can open an idea's settings screen by double clicking on that idea.

There are three settings for publishing ideas, these three different settings control what the URL of the idea looks like, and who is allowed to view it:

Private

This is the default setting when you create an idea. Each idea has a URL where it is viewable as a web page but for this setting, the page is only viewable by you, when you are logged into OWH. This is useful for previewing a page you don't want to make public yet, but want to see how it will look. There are no social media sharing options available when this setting is in effect because nobody else would be able to view the shared URL. If you don't ever want to share your ideas, you can just leave the default enabled and ignore this setting, nobody else will be able to see your private ideas.

Public

This means the idea is available as a web page for everyone on the Internet to see, the URL for these pages is something like:

http://orbitalwarehouse.net/public/juser/boats

You can share these links via social media or link them from other pages. This is the setting you usually would choose when publishing something.

Obscure

This setting is useful for when you want to share an idea, but you only want people you've given the URL to to be able to see it. URLs when this setting is applied look something like:

http://orbitalwarehouse.net/obscure/juser/51615336280316

In the 'Public' example, someone could probably guess what the URL is, if they knew your username and knew you were writing about boats. With obscure URLs turned on, the URL is much harder to guess, so only people that have gotten the URL directly or indirectly from you will be able to find this page. We also ask search engines not to index pages with the obscure setting enabled. For any shared idea, Orbital WareHouse tracks how many times that idea's page has been viewed, as well as the last time that idea was modified and displays it in the page footer.

Allow others to update your idea

Once you've shared an idea, you can also control whether other users are allowed to edit your idea. You can use this to colloaborate with other people. Changes other people make to your idea will appear on your workspace a few seconds after the change has been made. Ideas that are allowed to be modified by other people will appear green on other users' workspaces after they have linked your shared idea. Ideas that are not allowed to be modified will appear as red. To allow other users to edit an idea, click the dropdown menu in the sharing settings screen and change 'not allowed' to 'allowed'.

Page Counters

At the bottom of every idea's sharing page, there is a counter that shows how many times that page has been visited. It's useful for determining how popular your shared ideas have been. The number is updated each time somebody loads the page and is only reset if the idea is deleted and recreated with the same name.

Note that the counter will also be updated when it is visited by search bots and other automated processes on the Internet.