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Deploying a Reach Extension

The instructions you use to install a Reach Extension depend on the deployment type of the extension. Socialcast supports three deployment types: HTML/JavaScript Embedded Code, SharePoint Web Part, and Google Gadget. Skip to the section that applies to your extension:

HTML/JavaScript Code

  1. In Socialcast, configure and style the extension. In Step 5 of the Reach configuration wizard, Socialcast will display the JavaScript code for the extension.
    HTML/JavaScript Embedded Code
  2. Save the code to a convenient location and click the Finish button to exit from the wizard. Here is some sample code:
    
    <script type="text/javascript">
    var _reach = _reach || [];
    _reach.push({
      container: 'reach_container_id',
      domain: 'https://press.socialcast.com/',
      token: 'a1234b5678c9012d3456'
    });
    (function(){
      var e=document.createElement('script'); e.type='text/javascript'; e.async = true;
      e.src= document.location.protocol + '// press.socialcast.com/services/reach/extension.js';
      var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s);
    })();
    </script>
    
  3. In a code editor, open the web page where you want to embed the extension. Create an HTML element to serve as a container for the Reach Extension. Make sure the element is wide enough to display the extension properly and give it a unique ID. For example:

    <div id="trends_extension_1" style="width: 520px"></div>
  4. Insert the Reach JavaScript code immediately following the new container element and replace the container value in the script with the new container ID. See the highlighted text below:
    <div id="trends_extension_1" style="width: 520px"></div>
    
    <script type="text/javascript">
    var _reach = _reach || [];
    _reach.push({
    	container: 'trends_extension_1',
    	domain: 'https:// press.socialcast.com/',
    	token: 'a1234b5678c9012d3456'
    });
    (function(){
    var e=document.createElement('script'); e.type='text/javascript'; e.async = true;
    e.src= document.location.protocol + '// acme.socialcast.com/services/reach/extension.js';
    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s);
    })();
    </script>
    
  5. Save the file.

SharePoint Web Part

Socialcast creates SharePoint web parts that you can install on any SharePoint page:

  1. In Socialcast, configure and style the extension. The final step of the Reach configuration wizard will appear:
    SharePoint Web Part
  2. Click the Download Web Part Definition button and save the file to a convenient location. Click the Finish button in Socialcast to exit from the wizard.
  3. Import the file into the SharePoint Web Part Gallery and follow the SharePoint instructions for placing a web part on a SharePoint page. For a detailed guide on how to add a web part in SharePoint 2010, please click here.

Note: A video tutorial of how to integrate Socialcast into SharePoint using Reach is also available on our YouTube channel.

Google Gadget

Socialcast generates Google Gadgets that you can use in Gmail, iGoogle, or Lotus Notes. The following instructions explain how to install a gadget in each of these applications:

Application Note: Socialcast currently provides a Google Gadget application that end users can access. We recommend that you disable this application and rely instead on your Reach administrators to create and install Google Gadgets.

Deploying a Google Gadget in Gmail

  1. In Socialcast, configure and style the extension. Step 5 of the Reach configuration wizard will display a URL that links to the gadget code. Make a note of the URL and click the Finish button to exit from the wizard.
    Deploying a Google Gadget in Gmail
  2. Log in to Gmail and go to Gmail Settings > Labs.
  3. Enable the “Add any gadget by URL” feature and click Save.
  4. Go to Gmail Settings > Gadget.
  5. Copy and paste the URL that Socialcast provides into the text field and click Add.

Learn more about Gmail Gadgets.

Deploying a Google Gadget in iGoogle

  1. In Socialcast, configure and style the extension. Step 5 of the Reach configuration wizard will display a URL that links to the gadget code. Make a note of the URL and click the Finish button to exit from the wizard.
    Deploying a Google Gadget in iGoogle
  2. From an iGoogle home page, click the Add Gadgets button.
  3. Click the "Add feed or gadget" link in the left sidebar.
  4. Copy and paste the URL that Socialcast provides into the text field and click Add.

Deploying a Google Gadget in Lotus Notes

  1. In Socialcast, configure and style the extension. Step 5 of the Reach configuration wizard will display a URL that links to the gadget code. Make a note of the URL and click the Finish button to exit from the wizard.
    Deploying a Google Gadget in iGoogle
  2. Open Lotus Notes and click File > Preferences.
  3. Choose the Widgets preference pane. Check the box next to the Show Widget Toolbar and the My Widgets Sidebar panel and then click "Apply".
  4. Choose the Live Text preference pane. Check the box next to Enable Live Text by default for all opened documents and then click “OK”.
  5. Inside Lotus Notes, click the Widgets icon (the puzzle piece in the top navigation bar).
  6. Check "Enable Google Gadgets".
  7. Check "Add By URL".
  8. Paste the URL that Socialcast provides into the text field.
  9. Click "Browse".
  10. Click "Next". You may need to click this button two times.
  11. Click "Display Sidebar Pane".
  12. Click "Finish".

Note: Premium clients may contact Socialcast for support with their Reach deployments. Please view our technical support page for more information on how to contact support.