With this week's software release, you can now control the length of the story lead for Alexa updates and flash briefings.

The Alexa feed now provides a parameter, "minw", which can be used to shorten or lengthen story leads. When it is added to the Alexa URL, for example "&minw=200," the minimum words used will be 200 instead of the lead paragraph. In many cases, this provides additional details to the story lead which will make the Alexa update less confusing.

Story summaries, on the other hand, do not truncate. A story summary is available from the "summary" tab in the article edit panel and is different than the lead or first paragraph of the story. Story summaries are meant as a way to override the default lead created by the system, and to add your own summary the length you need.

For more help setting up Alexa flash briefings, click here.

Read how one of our partners is using Alexa.

And read the detailed release notes for this week here.