Communardo is submitting a Confluence plugin to this years Codegeist competition, powerded by Atlassian.
The Notify&Tag Plugin adds twitter-like functionality to Confluence. It allows to add labels to pages and news by using #hashtags. Additionally users can be notified about interesting content (pages, news and comments) by using the @username notation.
To create a label from a term in the content of a page or news item just precede it with "#" while writing the text. There is no need to provide it again in the according form field: Press "Save" and it will be added to the list of labels.
To notify a user about the page, news or comment you are creating, simply add his username to the text and put "@" in front of it. After saving he will recieve an email containing an excerpt and a link to content. This is a nice feature to attract the attention to relevant information, like the minutes of a missed meeting. You are not requiring to track the activity of the whole site using RSS feeds or the recently-updated macro. Thus, the danger of missing important information is reduced (provided emails are checked on a regular basis 😉 ).
The presentation below gives some additional information. For more exhaustive usage dokumentation you can visit the plugin homepage.
Needless to say, we are eager to get your feedback. So feel free to add a comment to this blog or any of the plugin pages and tell us about your opinion or the feature you are missing.