Changes to Intercom
Contributed by Tom Torello
Intercom has been up and running for more than four weeks now, and campus response and involvement have been excellent. In fact, the remarkable volume of information that is being submitted by people across campus has prompted us to make several changes to help improve Intercom’s functionality. Many of those changes were based on recommendations from campus users. Thank you!
- Make Intercom your home page!
Many people have told us that they would like to make Intercom their default home page. To make it easier to use Intercom as a home page, we have added links to the College’s site index and directories at the top of the page.
- Roundup twice a week
Because of the number of stories that are being submitted, we felt it best to start sending out the e-mail roundup twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. We’ve also reorganized the roundup so that the stories appear by category. This should make it easier to read through all of the recent news stories.
- Splitting up the "Arts Etc." section into two sections
"Arts and Performances" will contain events such as music recitals, theater productions, and art exhibits. In "Lectures and Presentations" you will find speakers, lecture series, and other similar events.
- Adding icons to sections navigation
You will notice the box containing links to the different sections now contains the icons that represent those sections. This should help make it a little easier to recognize the icons and to find information more quickly.
- More stories on the home page
Because of how many new stories are being submitted, many were being bumped off the home page too quickly. We have increased the total number of stories displayed on the home page so that stories will stay there longer. Of course, you can always use the "Recent Stories" list on the right to see what the latest news is.
There is more to come! We will continue to improve Intercom and add new functions over time. We want to hear from you about how we can make things better. Send us feedback or post a letter. From time to time we’ll have polls about possible new Intercom functions. We encourage you to participate and register your vote. Right now you can tell us if you think we should add a classifieds section where faculty and staff could sell items, trade, and possibly even set up car pools.
Let us know what you think! Use the comments (below) to tell us!