Here's an overview of the main components you'll see in your community.
The News page functions as a central news page for your
community. It features a variety of streams and tiles designed to bring you the latest news
and information. You won't see News if your community manager has not enabled the feature
(alternatively, your community manager may change the name of News).
The top ribbon of the
News page organizes community activity into streams such as Following, All Activity, and
your own custom streams. From any stream, you can view and interact with activity that flows
through your community. To learn more about streams, be sure to read What Are
You'll see the following streams on the News page by default:
News (top-level view)
The News view aggregates and displays only new content posted in your News and Following
streams. However, unlike your other streams, the News view does not show content updates
and comments in the stream. In addition, content that gets updated or interacted with is
not bumped to the top of the News view. So, to repeat, the News view shows only new
things. To learn more about the News view, be sure to read What Is News?
Custom News Streams
These streams are designed by your community manager to bring you the latest news and
information. These are the streams listed next to the News stream in the top ribbon. For
example, you could have a stream there called "CEO's Blog" or "My Department." Note that
you can't delete these streams or change the email notifications settings for them (like
you can with your own custom streams).
This stream shows the activity of people, places, and content that you are following in
the community. If you are new to the community, you might want to browse through People > All to begin following your teammates or other people who interest you. To see
who you're following, click People > Following.
Your Custom Streams
Click New Stream to create a custom stream containing only
activity related to the people, places, and items you specify. You can have one custom
stream or several. For example, you might create a "My Current Project" stream to follow
everything related to your current project. To learn how to create custom streams, see
Create a New Stream.
All Activity: Most Recent Stream
This stream shows all public activity in your community that you have
permission to see. Watching this can be useful if
you are new to the community and want to find people, places, and content to add to your
All Activity: Top & Trending Stream
This stream shows the most valuable and interesting community
activity. What you see here is generating a lot of Likes and comments.
Click the button next to your avatar in the upper right corner to see your Inbox, which
includes the following pages:
Inbox includes updates to things you've participated in: direct messages, @mentions, and
shares, plus any items you pulled in by following them in Inbox. See Tips for Using Inbox for more details.
Your View lets you set up a page just for yourself so you can
get to your most-used items quickly. You can change what you see from Your View whenever you
want. For example, you might want to update Your View when you change projects or teams, or
when you just want to watch new things in your community. See Using Your View to learn how to set it up. Note that you won't
see Your View if your community manager has not enabled the feature.
Actions reminds you to complete a task or action item that's been assigned to you. See
Tips for Using Actions for more
What are Streams?
A stream shows you real-time updates of activity as people interact with content, people, and places in the community.
The News page is the best place to explore the full range of what's happening in your community.
The Support Center provides easy access to common questions and help navigating certain employee services. You won't see the Support link in the main navigation if your community manager has not enabled the feature (alternatively, your community manager may change the name of Support).
Inbox shows replies, @mentions, messages, Latest Acclaim, and shares—plus any activity you decide needs to show up in your Inbox by following it.
Your Actions area is focused on just what it sounds like: things you need to get done.
Alerts let you know that there's new activity you might want to check out.