Topics are a central feature on the Vable platform which enable you to organize your content for Newsletters and to allow end-users to follow the subjects that interest them most. Think of them as a way of grouping searches under one simple heading. Searches can range in complexity from the simple - such as all articles from one or more sources - to elaborate combinations of terms and filters. If you want a Topic to them to contain just one search, that is also possible.
Different types of Topics
There are two different types of Topics on Vable. It depends on whether you want the Topic to be available to others in your organization, or specific to a single newsletter.
- A General Topic is created from either the Topics page or when saving a Vable search from the Articles page. It is available to other administrators so they can save time and add them across multiple Newsletters and can also be followed by end-users.
- An Alert Topic is created directly from the Newsletter page. It is included only in that one Newsletter, although other administrators can edit them.
The Advantages of Vable Topics
Topics serve a number of functions and each type has it's own advantages.
- They ensure your searches are organised and logically presented. For instance, you may be running related searches against different keywords, sources, filters etc.
- They ensure that Newsletters only contain content matching your search criteria
- Should the focus of a Newsletter change, a single search in the relevant Topic can be amended
- General Topics save administrators time because they can be used across other Newsletters
- General Topics are excellent for information dissemination because they can be made available to end-users
- General Topics can be cloned which allows administrators to customize a well crafted Topic to their own needs
- Alert Topics mean that sensitive topics can be restricted to a single newsletter, although they are available to administrators if they need to be amended
- Alert Topics can be converted into General Topics should the need arise