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Web Space Server has extremely powerful out of the box social networking capabilities. Especially if your users has no internet access Web Space Server gives you the full gamut services, including requests, walls, activity tracking etc. I would suggest that you start playing with the evaluation bundle to Web Space Server Update 3 and look at the "Enterprise Social Networking" samples part from the "Sample Users" portlet's drop down menu. Nagivate to the dock (on upper right corner)->user->SocialNetworking user group. I can guide you further, but it would be a long email. After you are done checking my suggestions, please let me know if you have specific questions. Would be glad to help.
Thanks for the reply. I was hoping the level of integration was beyond what the Google Gadget Portlet or Widget Consumer Portlet would provide for Web Space. I have installed the Gadget Portlet on the latest instance of Liferay, but for some strange reason, I'm unable to install it on my instance of Web Space. During the installation process, I just receive a blank page . Very strange. So, I just deployed the Gadget's WAR into Web Space, and although the portlet is listed and I am able to instantiate it into my portal page, the portlet displays a message saying the portlet is "not active" -- or something like that.
I've already looked at JBOSS Portal and have it working with Shindig. We have no use for Shindig beyond the gadget rendering it provides. We are not interested in the "Social" API of Shindig or any other OpenSocial-based container at the moment. I was hoping Liferay's integration with Google was much more user-friendly given the interface for everything else it provides. It looks like more and more that we may need to customize an existing portal framework or create one from scratch.
Where is this update 3 for Web Space? I can't seem to find this Consumer Widget. Thank you.