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News Feature

Overview

The News feature is an excellent way of keeping users updated with the latest industry, social or business news, which is perfect for these industries:

  • Community

  • Education

  • Politics 

Google News and Twitter posts are aggregated into the feed based on the keywords that you provide. This article provides the steps on how to add the News feature and how to configure the Newsfeed.   

Note: Google News can detect any news type beyond our control.

The Content section allows you to rename the feature, configure your settings, and select your keywords.

  1. Under the Screen Info section, change your Screen/Feature Name or leave it as it is, depending on your preference. Your chosen feature's name will appear in the app's feature menu (e.g., In the News, News, etc.):

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  2. Choose between the Custom News or Social News option. Toggling the Display Homescreen Ticker switch on will give you the option to display the news ticker at the bottom of the app's home screen:

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  3. The Custom News Ticker will give you the option to create an unlimited number of Headlines.  This feature provides full control of your content.

    • You can link each headline with either a feature or a nested feature of the app (identical to the animated images). You may also link a headline with a unique URL, which does not have to be an existing website feature.

    • Each headline will also have a Description field (optional and limited in size), which will allow you to write more details.

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  4. The Social News Ticker gives you the option to add keywords for each news source. Adding more keywords narrows your search. To obtain optimal results, limit your keywords to one to three keywords (e.g., Italian restaurant, San Francisco).

    Note: Keywords have to be provided for Google and Twitter to enable the Social News option. Alternatively, you may use the Custom option.

    Google News Keywords Add keywords separated by commas, which will be used to search relevant articles in Google News.
    Twitter Keywords Add keywords or hashtags separated by commas, which will be used to search for relevant and public tweets (including all keywords) on Twitter. (This feature is currently not functioning as designed due to changes in Twitter's policies. We are working on resolving this.)
    Facebook Keywords Removed as of February 2015.

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  5. Click the Save button at the top-right corner of the page.

Note: Do not store events older than a year on the CMS as it will slow the loading accessing this feature on the CMS.  Delete old unwanted events.

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