Topics group Searches, RSS Feeds, Links, and a Webpage/Description together. Changing the current Topic via the TopicMenu will change the current set of Searches, Links, RSS Feeds, and Webpage/Description. Different searches can be run on the Query via the Search Menu. Different links can be opened up via the LinkMenu.
To simplify we start with the Mobile View.
Note: TopicHero is continually evolving, including its look and feel. Several button/frame names have changed including:
Topic Editor (Add to Topic)
Webpage/Editor (Description Editor)
Topic Directory (Topic Manager).
Here are partial sample views of the menus that pop up:
The slide out menu provides many additional and essential tools:
Users SHOULD REGISTER and LOGIN via the Admin Action menu.
The Desktop view has the above menu on its left side by default, as well as a right RSS Feed/Chat frame:
Here are partial sample views of the menus that pop up:
If you entered TopicHero via a Webpage Link, the Topic is only in your profile (Topic Menu) temporarily, you must copy it to your profile to make it permanent. This can be done, once you register/login.
TopicHero Topics gather Links, RSS Feeds, Search Engines, Chats, and Notes/Webpages together. This is more in line with how the mind works, by Topic, as opposed to segmenting things by the tool used.
Currently information is inappropriately segmented by tool. There is a need for all information to be accessible by users in one place according to the topic they are working on.
Topics can be Shared with others.
It is currently difficult to share all of the tools users have gathered with others at one stroke.
Want to organize your web communications, as opposed to being stuck with stream of consciousness interaction?
Facebook, Twitter and other tools only permit stream of consciousness communication, often there is a need to provide a strong context to the information being communicated (Enterprise Media vs Social Media).
TopicHero is built within the larger model of Enterprise Media and has significant room to grow. Social Media lacks structure and Context. Enterprise Media is more focused on achieving tasks around Topics.
See the Going Further tab to learn more about Enterprise Media.
Tired of copying links to new devices and browsers? With TopicHero your links are saved in one place, no need to copy them to different machines and browsers.
Too often when users move from device to device they have to spend too much time doing the migration.
Tired of being restricted in what device you buy, because all your links are tied to a specific browser?
Users too often are restricted in the tools they can purchase, because of the restricted formats of the data they have stored in the tools they are currently using. When new devices appear in the future, users should have freedom to move to them seamlessly even if it is from a new vendor. TopicHero allows this because sits external to devices and associated software.
Tired of a mess of links, and how hard it is to add links and organize them?
Links and folders are cumbersome to work with, because of multiple sets of folder stairs. Topic lists, Link lists, mass copy/view, and mass link loads are cognitively much cleaner, because you have two simple lists, with specialized visually clean mass manipulation tools.
Tired of emailing multiple links?
With TopicHero all of your topic links are already gathered together and can be shared as one link. No reason to copy and paste from many places to bring someone up to speed on what you are working on.
Are there some links you always want to see, and others just when you are working on a topic?
The programming language concept of globals is cognitively effective, and useful in the space of links, and is superior to folders (as mentioned earlier). With TopicHero there are global links that are always accessible.
TopicHero’s Query box can be used to direct a query to any of your favorite Search/Social sites (e.g. Google/Facebook/Twitter).
Tired of having too many Search Engines/Social Media sites open?
Users love using many different search tools and social engines, but management of many tabs is cumbersome. TopicHero allows easy access to all your search tools through one tab.
Tired of copying searches between search/social sites when you are doing a topic search?
With TopicHero there is no need to retype or cut and paste queries to each site.
With TopicHero Search Engines and Social Media sites can be organized by Topic. This allows not only user organization of their own search tools, but also organized access of the search tools that are shared by others.
Some vendor specific browsers, such as Firefox, provide access to multiple search tools. However they are limited in that:
They do not provide organization for the users Search tools (i.e. Topics).
You are restricted to only those search sites that provide specific (and rarely used mechanisms), and the a cumbersome and limited list that the vendor provides.
Tired of having your searches controlled by specific search vendors?
Search vendors are motivated into to selling for their advertisers, and thus limit what is returned via their searches. TopicHero allows easy access to many different tools, which expands what is returned.
Do you want more in depth specialized searches?
With TopicHero specialized Search Engines aligned with specific Topics become more accessible. TopicHero provides access to large numbers of specific Topic related search tools. The vast majority of specialized search tools can be made accessible through the mechanisms TopicHero provides.
Chat boxes can be added to each Topic, allowing greater sharing and discussion.
Want to chat by topic with others interested in your topic (not just with your social group)?
Other Chat systems typically are limited to being individual to individual, within a specific social group (with sign up and with at most limited associated context tools), or with the whole world based on a specific article, event, or hashtag.
Many users are frustrated with tools like Facebook or WhatsApp, because they are restricted to communication with just those in their social group. They want ways of easily accessing broader groups. TopicHero provides mechanism for the development of many different types of groups including: individual, hidden, ad hoc, subject based, levels of specialization, and combinations.
Want to have a website where you can chat with your group (or your customer base) easily?
Adding chat to a site can be cumbersome for the average user, TopicHero simplifies this.
WIth TopicHero Chat is organized around Topics within the context of Notes/webpages, links, RSS Feeds, and Search Engines.
TopicHero allows users to create and share multiple Topics across different devices and browsers. Topic elements include Search Engines, RSS Feeds, and Links, in addition to typical web page elements. This is a different way of slicing web information, where the focus is on Topics as opposed to a focus on a Search Engine, device, browser, or RSS Feed.
From a webpage perspective, users can create Topics easily, attach search tools, rss feeds, and links, and then share the created Topic.
From a search engine selection perspective, users can collect: numerous search engines associated with specific topics; connect RSS Feeds; links; and web formated information, into a page and then publish the page for others to use.
Registered users can use the search/rssfeed/link collection Topics on any browser platform anywhere, as well as share their Topics. The topic becomes king, in place of specific search engines, or browsing tools being king.
In this way researchers and workers can share links, rss feeds, and search tools as a package, as opposed to sending a slew of links via email, or trying to configure specific browser links and search tools.
TopicHero arises from a philosophy that it is the Topic that is critical and that users need effective tools to bring as many resources to bare on specific topics as possible. This is particularly true in business where many users are dedicated to working on specific topics for long periods of time and they need effective tools for easy access to the most up to date information with respect to those specific topics.
Centering information, communication, and interaction around Topics (e.g. enterprise activities), provides an Enterprise Media view as opposed to a Social Media view (where communication is more organized around social streams of interaction).
More can be learned about this philosophy (and associated services) by visiting the IT Maturity website. ITMM stands for the IT Maturity Method.
Enter a query to be searched here. If a search has already been selected in the search menu, the user can hit the Enter button to start a search. Non-alphanumeric characters in the query string are replaced with spaces.
Mobile browsers are particularly locked down. This might be due to the small interface and the fact that most mobile browsers often work within unsecured networks. For TopicHero, since it is a secured site, this means that all links within TopicHero iframe Search Engines might be handicapped . Thus, by default, for mobile devices, all searches, whether marked Windowor not, will be opened in a new window. The user can change this by using the Window/Frame (W/F) toggle button immediately to the right of the Query Box.
Users can also use an @ Search Name at the end of a query to select a search engine other than the one currently selected in the Search Menu. The Search Menu selection will be changed to the new value. Note that Search names are case sensitive and by convention they are in Capital Case. Because of this convention TopicHero automatically changes the first two Search words to Capital Case. This feature is particularly useful if you have TopicHero set as your default search engine. In many browsers you can type a query in the browser’s address bar. TopicHero thus allows you to enter a query/search in the address bar via this feature.
A specific search type can be selected with this window. If a search type is selected below the combo box separator, then a separate window or tab is opened, otherwise the search appears in a Search Frame in the middle of the screen. The sides of the screen will be filled with RSS Feeds (see RSS Feed Areas below). Searches and RSS Feeds can be defined via the Add to Topic button. Notes: The original TopicHero center Search Frame remains unaltered, if a new window is opened.
Use this menu to change the current User’s current Topic. The RSS Feed Areas will change accordingly, the Search Frame will not.
Topics being viewed via links will have a ~ in front of them in their entry in this menu. These Topics are temporary and will disappear if the user changes Topics. The user can go back to the temporary Topic by revisiting the link.
Actions such as Register, Login, Logout are available via this button. Unregistered users have very limited Topic capabilities and all their user data is stored in cookies. Upgrade allows you to purchase Premium Membership (unlimited Topic sharing). Search Count shows how many times you have run searches using TopicHero. Search String shows the last search string that was used to generate data for the Search Frame. Usage provides information on views of shared pages.
Update allows you to change your username, email address, and password, as well as upload an image used by TopicHero Chat. Users can alternatively use a Gravatar image, but must upload an image first. The Update menu also allows users to save AdSense codes used in the TopicHero AdSense Widget (see the Popular Descriptions Topic for more information).
Additional Admin Actions for Business Users include: Register Biz, and BizAdmin, which allow users to purchase TopicHero Business Accounts, as well as management of those business accounts and associated business users.
Business account users have the additional default option of sharing Topics with only those within their business. All Chat Subjects associated with Business Only Topics can only be accessed by those within that business. Business users also have access to Business User Lists for their specific business, via the User Messages screen. Business Only Topics have (B) next to their names in all associated screens.
Business Administrators can set up Auto Updates of Business Users Lists attached to their Corporate Directory systems (see the TopicHero Auto Updates Topic via Topic Manager for more information).
Downgrade allows you to turn off your monthly renewing Premium Membership (unlimited Topic sharing). Close Account will delete you account and is NOT reversible. These buttons only appear below to ensure that they are NOT selected inadvertently.
The user will find numerous occasions where they are using different tabs, browsers, or devices to modify the information across many of their Topics. TopicHero provides numerous tools to automatically update each occurrence of TopicHero with the most recent updates. However, full automatic updates have been limited so that users can work on several different Topics at the same time. Thus, the Refresh button is provided to allow users to pull in all of their most recent updates into their current tab.
Refreshing also includes clearing of the RSS News Feeds that have been downloaded to the current tab.
This button moves the Webpage (Description) / Editor up to the top of the search frame. The Description Editor is used to create a description that is associated with each Topic. This description is visible to the user and to the public (for user shared Topics).
Most editor functions are self explanatory. Under the File tab the New document button will clear the description, while the Save/Backup button will save a backup copy of the description. An ordinary copy of the description is made every five seconds and when leaving the Topic.
Unregistered users are restricted by cookie storage limits, where the home Topic description is limited to 4096 characters including markup characters. Users not logged in, are limited to their unregistered profile.
Logged in user limits for Topic descriptions is 20-30K for each Topic. More help for theWebpage/Description Editor can be found below.
The Images Button opens up the Images Frame in the center, above the Description Editor. The Images Frame allows users to upload and manage images. Files to be uploaded can be selected or dropped into the Frame’s drop box. The Description Editor has an embedded images button and popup that allows users to control how images appear (e.g. selection, size, shape, border) within Topic Descriptions
Functions for images include: Upload, Move (to another Topic), Delete, and Image List Name. The Image List Name is used in the Description Editor Images popup in place of uploaded file name if entered. If you place the cursor in an Image List Name text box, the image will appear to its right. When images are uploaded, references to them are automatically entered at the top of the Topic’s Description Editor. All references include something similar to the following:
Where getimageproxy.php is the image proxy program, the i argument is the image’s index, and there is a k argument if the Topic is hidden indicating the containing Topic’s hidekey.The initial default width is 350 pixels, where the height is scaled according to the image’s size. Users can change the width and height is the escription Editor Images popup.
Notes: 1) There are two distinct locations for images (Uploads - storage, Editor Description - references). Deletion from one location does not affect the other. 2) All images are protected by the Topic they are uploaded (or moved) to. 3) Image storage is NOT copied when Topics are copied, although references are. 4) If separately copying an image reference from a HIDDEN Topic, make sure you use the hidekey from the Topic it was uploaded (or moved) to. Images moved between topics use the hide key of the topic they are moved to. 5) Topic Hero user Images limits: Regular - 32MB; Premium 1GB.
Users can traverse this list (based on the Find) 250 items at a time using the forward ‘>’ and back ‘<’ buttons. They can also go to specific locations by inputing a start and end number and hitting the ‘go’ button.
There are also a Generate Code Menu and Generate Webpage Menu buttons which will create menus of buttons with links to user selected TopicHero Topics (or Topics as webpages). Use the check box next to each Topic name in this window to select which topics you want to be in the generated menu. The menu appears in the form of generated HTML code, which can be copied to the TopicHero Webpage/Editor or any HTML editor of your choice.
This button will open the TopicHero Topic View popup window, which provides a synopsis of all information associated with the current Topic, as well as buttons to do Topic wide action, including:
Mass Copy and Mass Delete of: Searches, RSS Feeds, and Links. Users select which items to copy/delete via check boxes. A Topic Menu is available in this popup window for the user to indicate which Topic the items are to be copied to. Clicking the Mass Copy button will change the Topic shown in the TopicHero Topic View popup window. If no items are selected, clicking the Mass Copy button is equivalent to changing the viewed Topic.
Viewing of different Topics via GenerateTopic Link; and Goto Topic Link buttons. These buttons only work for Topics shared by users. See the Goto/Generated Link section below for what these buttons take users to.
Viewing of different Topics as web pages via GenerateWebpage Link; and Goto Webpage Link buttons. These buttons only work for Topics shared by users. See the Goto/Generated Link section below for what these buttons take users to.
Viewing of different Topic’ as news pages via Generate Newspage Link; and Goto Newspage Link buttons. These buttons only work for Topics shared by users. See the Goto/Generated Link section below for what these buttons take users to.
Clicking here will open the Topic Editor hidden frame. Alternatively, you can drag Searches, RSS Feeds, and Links from other locations (i.e. other windows) on top of this button, and the hidden frame will appear for you to drop the dragged value into. The hidden frame has a button to take you to a specialized Topic Editor Help page.
An RSS Menu appears on the right side. When clicked, the RSS Feed menus allows the user to select an RSS Feed to display. A second menu allows the user to choose how to display the feed (Moving, Header, Snippet, Full).
All RSS News Feeds that are downloaded are cached within the current tab so that the User does not have to download them a second time. The Cache is cleared once the user closes or refreshes the current tab/page. The User can use the Refresh button to clear the Cache. As mobile browsers often automatically refresh their tabs, TopicHero maintains the Cache across different tabs for two hours on mobile devices..
For desktop users, the right side frame primarily contains either the RSS Feeds Menu or Chat/User Messages. Using the Toggle feature will either clear out the right side Frame of the RSS Feeds Menu or put it back in place. By using this button, users can completely clear the right side frame. The History or Topic Manager Frames can also appear in the right side Frame. When RSS Feeds (and News Clusters) are opened in the center frame, the right side RSS Menu frame will automatically be toggled out, as it becomes mostly redundant.
Use both of these buttons to search all of the RSS Feeds that are in the user’s current Topic by the Query in the query box. All feeds will be displayed in the center frame. Unlike the RSS Feed Areas on the sides, only the RSS Feeds and news articles that match the query will be shown. If the query box is empty, all of the news articles will be shown for each RSS Feed.
The All RSS Snippets Button will display snippets for each entry, while the All RSS Full button will display full entries including images, if they are available.
Use this button to sort and display all articles from all of the RSS Feeds that are in the user’s current Topic. All feeds will be displayed in the center frame grouped by similarity. Unlike the RSS Feed Areas on the sides, only the RSS Feeds and news articles that match the query will be shown. If the query box is empty, all of the news articles will be shown for each RSS Feed.
All RSS News Feeds that are downloaded are cached within the current tab so that the User does not have to download them a second time. The Cache is cleared once the user closes the current tab/page. The User can also use the Refresh button to clear the Cache. TopicHero also maintains an extension of this Cache across different tabs/pages for two hours. (Note most browsers limit the amount of cross tab storage, thus limiting this Cache extension.)
There are three built-in Chat buttons: Topic Chat, All Topics Chat, and User Messages. Topic Chat provides a forum to discuss each Topic (see Add to Topic Help on how to setup Chats). All Topics Chat allows users to view Chats from all of their Topics in one place. User Messages allows users to view all of their private messages. Clicking on a Display name within a Chat will open an area to start a private chat.
Users must be registered and logged in, in order to enter messages in Chat. Topic Chats are viewable (but not create-able) by un-registered/non-logged in users, via shared Topics (e.g. through Topic Manager or a shared link).TopicChats are automatically deleted after 365 days. User Messages (private Chats) are never automatically deleted.
This button opens up this How to Use page. Besides having a set of help tabs and accordions, there are several buttons and User Messages Chat Frame that appears on the right side. (Mobile users should swipe to show this set of Buttons/Chat.)
The Add TopicHero to Your Browser button automates adding TopicHero to the set of Search Engines available to your browser (including making it your default Search Engine), for browsers that allow this. The other buttons are help oriented and are self explanatory.
The Display Name of the current user is shown at the bottom of the side button menu . Premium users will have the text Premium in bold blue below their User Name. For Help pages, this information is displayed above the right side buttons.
This frame displays the Description Editor as well as other elements, depending upon what the user is currently. The Description Editor will always be present as the last element so that edits are not lost. The only exception is when the user is visiting a Topic, where the user is not allowed to make edits. In this case the Description Editor is removed from the center frame.
For standard browser users: Searches, Admin Actions, Topic News, Multi-Search, and All RSS Feed Searches can appear above the Description Editor. For visited Topics, the Description will appear on first entrance. This can be replaced by any of the other center frame elements. For mobile users, additional items that appear in the center frame include: Chats/User messages, Add to Topic, and History.
Search frame specifics: clicking links within this (or any web) frame can have varied results. Some links will open in a different tab or window, some will replace the current window, and some will have unpredictable behavior. To gain greater control of link clicks, use the right mouse button when hovering over a link and choose Open Link in New Tab/Window .
This frame is only refreshed on page entries and searches, Topic changes leave this frame as is.
When visiting a Topic via a Goto/Generated TopicLink (see Topic View Button above):
The center Frame is filled with the Topic’s Description and the Description Editor is removed.
The Topic name displayed in the Topic menu has a ~ and by display name.
The Add to Topic popup becomes unreachable.
A Copy Topic button appears at the top of the Search Frame which will copy the linked Topic to the user’s profile.
A View as Webpage button appears at the top of the Search Frame which will bring the user the Webpage view of the Topic as described below.
A Search Below News button appears at the top of the Search Frame which will refresh any iframes (see the Popular Descriptions Topic via Topic Manager) within the Topic Description below the buttons. This includes Newspage (see below) iframes which will use the Query in Query box to search through the RSS News Feeds within the Newspage.
When viewing a Topic via a Goto/Generated WebpageLink (see Topic View Button above):
The Description for the Topic is displayed as a webpage.
Scripts cannot be run on the webpage.
There is a link at the bottom of the webpage that will take the user to the Goto TopicLink described above.
When viewing a Topic via a Goto/Generated NewspageLink (see Topic View Button above):
The Topic is displayed as a News (RSS Feed) Cluster, This is identical to what is seen via usage of the News / Cluster button, except that it is placed in an independent web page.
This type of Newspage can be included in other Topic descriptions. In this way Topics can be created that have News Clusters from multiple different Topics. See the Popular Descriptions Topic via Topic Manager for instructions on how to do this.
Most of the Buttons in the mobile version of TopicHero are hidden within a side Menu that can be accessed via the menu button in the top left of the screen (four colored horizontal bars).
Copying of links can be accomplished via a press and hold on the address bar. Pastes into a text box can be accomplished via a press and hold and then selection of the Paste button that pops up.
A TopicHero Home Screen Icon can be created via the Chrome Add to Home Screen button on the top level Chrome menu. The TopicHero and Search Engines tutorial goes over creation of icon for iPhone related products.
As with the desktop version Topic View, Topic Manager, and Search Manager are Popups (additional windows).
If Auto Login does not occur automatically, the user can try a refresh (circle arrow) from the browsers main menu.
There is excessive white space to the right and bottom of some windows. If you accidentally swipe into this area, just Swipe left and up to get back to TopicHero functionality.
IPhone users may need to pinch (zoom) in after usage of a standard menu or upon entry to the Description Editor. Due to the small screen some Description Editor popups require the user to juggle with zoom and reorienting between portrait and landscape views.
Under the File Tab the Save/Backup button will save a backup copy of the description. The editor automatically saves your edits every ten seconds, as well as when you change Topics.
The Revert to Backup button will revert to your last saved Backup. This is useful when your edits have caused issues with your Topic’s description either because of: text modifications, source code issues, or editor issues. It is highly recommended that you always make backups of important Topic Descriptions.
This button will load all of the links in the description, whether saved or not, into the RSS Feeds for the current Topic. The names will be appended with numbers if there are duplicate names already in the RSS Feeds.
Characters within names other than alphanumeric, spaces, and _-/+.?!* will be converted to -. Several special characters including ,?’`/ will break links into several parts.
This button will load all of the links in the description, whether saved or not, into the Links for the current Topic. The names will be appended with numbers if there are duplicate names already in the Links.
Characters within names other than alphanumeric, spaces, and _-/+.?!* will be converted to -. Several special characters including ,?’`/ will break links into several parts.
Unregistered users are restricted by cookie storage limits, the home Topic description is limited to 4096 characters includingÂ markup characters. Users not logged in, are limited to their unregistered profile.
Logged in user limits for Topic descriptions is 20-30K for each Topic.
To edit the Topic’s Description the user needs to tap where text appears within the editor window. If there is no text, the user must tap inside the top left corner.
Some Editor popups are too wide for the portrait screen, The user will need to flip their mobile device on its side (bringing up a landscape view) and juggle in and out of the keyboard to access all elements of these popups. If you have added TopicHero to your Home Screen (i.e. made it a Web App) flipping will not work, thus you will need to enter TopicHero from Chrome to access these features.
Refreshing while the Android keyboard is up will be incomplete, a second refresh will be required.
Un-registered users have all data stored in cookies, as well as limited Topic and automatic window refresh capabilities. Un-registered users are given a fixed set of ‘Built-In’ Search Engines and RSS Feeds to increase their productivity. Built-Ins cannot be deleted or moved. When registered users are logged out, they are in an un-registered environment. Un-registered users can access additional Search Engines and RSS Feeds via Search Manager on the ‘Add to Topic’ page.
Registered users have full capabilities with the limitation that they cannot share more than three Topics. When users initially register and login, the default Built-Ins are copied to their global Topic. Registered users can also copy many shared Topics and associated Search Engines, RSS Feeds, and Links via the Topic Manager and Topic View popups. They also have access to Search Manager.
Premium users have full capabilities and they can share as many Topics as they wish..
Due to the transient nature of cookies, user registration is highly recommended.
There is a small cost to upgrade to, or register as a Premium user. Use the ‘Admin Actions’ menu to register or upgrade.
For both registered and unregistered users, Cookies are used by TopicHero. Registered users also have their Data stored on a server. This allows registered users to: have more than the two basic pages (home and global); access their data from anywhere; and share their searches, rss feeds, and pages. Registered users are also protected from data loss. Unregistered users will lose all of their data if they delete their cookies. Cookies also automatically expire after 365 days. Registered users can close their accounts at any time and thereby delete all of their server data.
For registered users, changes when not logged in are lost. There is an Auto Login checkbox on the login page, when checked, users will automatically be logged in for all future navigations to TopicHero from that browser.
At this time TopicHero does not share any data with any other entity beyond what is necessary for premium membership financial purchases. Any change to this policy will be posted here and communicated to all registered users through the emails addresses they have provided via registration.
Collaborative Intelligence Versus Security
While TopicHero is a Collaborative Intelligence tool, and that means collaboration across a spectrum of secure and unsecure web resources, security is taken very seriously. Topichero uses encryption for all of its transmissions of webpages and data.
However, for collaboration purposes, TopicHero allows transmission of unsecured data such as images and iframes from other websites to be displayed on TopicHero webpages.
Security is Confusing
What does this combination of Collaborative Intelligence and Security mean for users?
Your data is relatively safe. Nothing is completely secure, as can be seen by the regular headlines describing major security breaches across major corporations and governments.
TopicHero does not collect personal data, so it cannot be stolen.
TopicHero does secure storage and transmission of your private Topics.
If you share a Topic, it is open to the public, which means it can't be taken back, as anyone could potentially copy it.
Hidden shared Topics provide relative privacy, depending upon how easy it is to guess your Username/Topic name combination.
Chat is open to the public.
Hidden Chat Subjects provide relative privacy, depending upon how easy it is to guess the Subjects name.
User Messages are private between those communicating with each other. However, as you are chatting with someone else, they could potentially share your data. Additionally, emails are sent for every user message. EmailÂ is inherently insecure, because you do not always know the level of security on your client/server, and the receiver's client/server.
While TopicHero transmits RSS Feeds securely, many RSS Feeds sources are not secured, and are thus susceptible to attack. However, this is a more rare occurrence, as the networks hosting RSS Feeds are usually more secured, than the public networks that provide the biggest risks.
Potentially unsecured images from other sites include the icons seen next to every Link, RSS Feed and Search. These images are susceptible to Man in The Middle attacks. This means that if you are on an unsecured network, a malicious hacker could change the image. Images within RSS Feeds are also susceptible to this type of attack. Most modern browsers allow this type of data transmission, but they do change their webpage security flag to indicate that there is this type of opening. Within icons and RSS Feeds users are unlikley to be fooled into giving up any personal information with this type of trick. However, within other contexts, phony images can potentially take advantage of some users.
Users can include unsecured images from other websites within their shared Topics and they are susceptible to Man in The Middle attacks. Users should be wary both of the images they see on shared Topics and the images they share. Adding a title to an image can provide at least a heads up to readers on what should appear in an image.
iframes, objects, embed
iframes from other sites are isolated and cannot see TopicHero data. However, you should still be very cautious with the iframes/widgets you include as malicious iframes can potentially create a minor amount of havoc as they can potentially fool users into giving up private data, or send users to other sites. iframes/widgets often also collect and manage their own user data.
Modern browsers, particularly mobile browsers, automatically block iframes from unsecured sites from appearing on secured sites. As TopicHero is a secured site, this means that you cannot include a widget from an unsecured site in your Topic. As you can see from the Popular Descriptions Topic, there are plenty of secured widgets. Secure, usually means that there is an https instead of an http in the url name embedded within the widget code. This means that the connection between browsers and servers is encrypted. Sometimes you need to test the widget and make the change from http to https yourself to get a widget to work. Sometimes there is no "https" option available.
Searches can appear in either an iframe within TopicHero or in separate windows. When adding Search Engines to a Topic users can indicate whether to make the Search Engine window based or frame base by using the Window checkbox.
Only secured Search Engines can appear in TopicHero iframes within most browsers. Thus, users should check that a Search Engine works within an iframe, before making that setting. This may mean testing httpsin place of http. As a double check, even if a Search Engine works within TopicHero, the user should check if the links within the results of a Search Engine work. Most browsers block certain types of links within iframes, even if the iframe is from a secured website.
Mobile browsers are particularly locked down. This might be due to the small interface and the fact that most mobile browsers often work within unsecured networks. For TopicHero users this means that all links within TopicHero iframe Search Engines might be handicapped . Thus, by default, for mobile devices, all searches, whether marked Windowor not, will be opened in a new window. The user can change this by using the Window/Frame (W/F) toggle button immediately to the right of the Query Box.
Page refreshes (and browser ‘back’ actions) use the arguments in the address bar. For example if the address bar includes “?h=y”, the refresh will go to the specific history search indicated by the other arguments in the address bar.
If two TopicHero pages are open they will share remote and/or local storage, but not Query, Search, Topic, nor RSS selections.
The topic selected for each page will remain separate until a refresh. In this way users can work on two or more topics at a time. Note that switching between Search/RSS, Linked to Topic, Add to Topic, and Description pages always does a refresh. User data is updated to up-to-date data when each page is put into focus.
Topic Manager, History, Topic View, and Search Manager always automatically update to up-to-date user data when put into focus.
Cross browser TopicHero pages are likewise automatically updated when put into focus. However, there is one exception. User registration updates are not automatically updated. The user will need to refresh their window in order to see registration updates done in a different browser.
If the user clicks some buttons too quickly some operations will not complete. The solution is always to redo the action or reload the page. In some situations the user may need to reload the main TopicHero page
TopicHero specialized menus (Search, RSS Feed, Link, Topic) will remain visible until an item is selected or another part of the TopicHero screen is clicked. Clicking anywhere, except the search frame, will close all open special menus.
Changes to user Topics are automatically propagated between TopicHero windows and popups. While share information is not. To update Share information, users need to click the popup buttons on the TopicHero banner or Add to Topic page (Topic Manager, Topic View, and Search Manager).
Copyrights belong to their respective owners. TopicHero is offered as a tool for users to access and share many different Search Tools, RSS Feeds, Links, and User Content in one place and claims no ownership nor responsibility for the content displayed beyond the base TopicHero tool.
Exceptional Leadership is the ability to Methodically and Continually Create Heroes! IT Maturity provides tools and training to help enterprises methodically and continuously create heroes (i.e. enable individuals across the enterprise to achieve, excel, and interact effectively). Training and tools cover both hero creation from a technical skill perspective and an organizational interaction perspective.
As an example, IT Maturity’s TopicHero tool allows users to collect Links, Search tools, RSS Feeds, and other data related to their areas of expertise, in one place, that can be shared with other experts in their area. This helps users both become technical heroes, as well as help their peers methodically and continually become heroes.
An Enterprise version will soon be available for internal corporate usage, so that users can limit who they share Topics with to just those within their enterprise environment.
From a training perspective the first training step is to take the online IT Maturity Method Leadership Improvement course. Here you will learn how to methodically and continually create heroes within your enterprise both from a technical and organizational interaction perspective, using a broad base of strategies and tools.
As a second training step IT Maturity provides onsite training for IT and enterprise teams. This is a one day session where IT Maturity comes to a customer’s site and walks through a presentation of all of the IT Maturity tools along with an interactive discussion and final report of how these tools impact the specific customer.
The next step is a four-day interactive architecture assessment where IT Maturity works with your team to create a roadmap for implementation of IT Maturity tools within your enterprise called an Enterprise Maturity Architecture (EMA). The general rule is that one IT Maturity Office (see below) is covered each day.
Checkout the IT Maturity Services page for more detail. The IT Maturity Services page is broken into a Training section and a Consulting section.
Open Topic Manager and click on the Popular Topic. In the Topic View that pops up copy your favorite Links, Searches, and RSS Feeds to your global Topic. (See Popular tutorial below.)
Create a new Topic with Add to Topic called “browser links”, copy your browser links to the Description Editor, and hit the “Load link Links” button.
Go to How to Use and watch the tutorials. (See five below tabs.)
Always have a TopicHero tab open. When you want to do a search type it into the TopicHero Query box and select your engine of choice from the search menu.
Use TopicHero to organize all of your links, RSS feeds, search engines, and notes. Take notes in the Description Editor and share them using Add to Topic. Turn your notes into web pages. When you want to share a forth Topic, Upgrade to TopicHero Premium via the Admin Actions menu.
Initial Personalization using the Popular Topic from IT Maturity.
How to get to a specific Topic of a specific User via Topic View and Topic Manager.
Menus and Buttons.
Registration and Login.
How to Use and other help tab menus.
The Personalization part of the tutorial requires you to open the Popular Topic from IT Maturity. This can be done by clicking on Topic Manager button then selecting Popular by IT Maturity in the Frame that appears, which will open a Topic View Frame (you must be logged in for this to work). You can then use the Topic View frame to copy Links, RSS/News Feeds, and Search/Social Engines into any of your own Topics including your global topic, which makes the items always available no matter what Topic you happen to be in.