Examples of custom streams

Here are some examples of custom streams you might create, depending on your role in the organization or how you want to check in on community activity throughout the day.

Strategies for creating streams

You should consider creating and organizing your custom streams based on the following strategies. You can try using a combination of these to develop the best approach for your unique needs.

My stream
Create a stream where you follow yourself. This can help you get to your most-used items quickly.
Priority streams
You can create streams for immediate, soon, and later items. You could check Immediate often and Soon occasionally. In Immediate, follow your high-priority people, places, and content items. In Soon, follow your less urgent people, places, and content items. This kind of organization can be good if you like to read some things later, but don't want to miss your high-priority things as they are posted.
Content streams
You can create an Blog stream where you follow the blogs of the CEO, CTO, and VP of your department. For more information, see Creating custom blog stream.
Can't miss
This stream can be convenient if you're in and out of the community a lot, and especially if you're out of the office for a few days. Add to this stream only critical items that you can't miss. Then, make sure to select Email or Mobile from Updates so that you receive notifications when activity happens in this stream.
Note: The option to change your email notifications preferences may be unavailable in your community.
Team and Product streams
To these streams you can add the people you work with, the content you all are working on, and the places where your team most frequently posts. Or, create one good Team and Product stream to check throughout the day for updates from your team and the product you're working on.
Following stream
When you start following people, places, and content items, they are automatically added to this stream. You can use this stream if you want to check in throughout the day but not create a lot of custom streams. This stream is included for you by default, and you can add to or delete content, people, and places from it.
Tag streams
When you follow tags, you follow updates of the content which is marked with this tag. You can create an entire stream for one tag, or add tags to optimize your existing streams. If you're a QA Engineer, you might add the #test tag to your stream that already follows the QA Group.

Examples for creating custom streams

Here are more specific streams that you might create, depending on your role in the organization.

If you work in the Engineering department, you can create the following new streams:
  • Email Watches: Follow critical items here and select Email or Mobile from Updates so that you receive notifications when activity happens in this stream. Use this stream wisely so that you don't create an email nightmare for yourself.
    Note: The option to change your email notifications preferences may be greyed-out and unavailable in your community.
    Note: You can also select your notification preferences by clicking your avatar > Preferences.
  • Product A: Follow everything related to one of the products you're working on.
  • Product B: Follow everything related to another product you're working on.
  • Team: Follow everyone on your team so that you stay current with their activities.
  • Research: Follow things related to your next big product idea.
  • Awesome Blogs: Follow blogs that you like.
  • Water Cooler: Follow fun people, content items that are amusing, and community places where people organize social events.
If you work in the Accounting department, you can create these streams:
  • Customer Account A: Follow everything related to one of the customer accounts you're working on.
  • Customer Account B: Follow everything related to another customer account you're working on.
  • Team: Follow everyone on your team so that you stay current with their activities.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: Follow people, places, and content items in your community related to Sarbanes-Oxley so you don't miss important new regulations or processes.
  • Latest Wins: Follow the place where your latest wins are reported. You might also follow the VP of Sales and the blogs of Sales team members here.
  • Email Watches: Follow critical items here and select Email or Mobile from Updates so that you receive notifications when activity happens in this stream. Use this stream wisely so that you don't create an email nightmare for yourself.
    Note: The option to change your email notifications preferences may be greyed-out and unavailable in your community.
    Note: You can also select your notification preferences by clicking your avatar > Preferences.
If you work in the Sales department, you can create these streams:
  • My Region: Follow everyone working in your region, plus all of the places you and they post most often.
  • Marketing for Product A: Follow the people, places, and content related to the marketing of Product A.
  • Customer Account B: Follow the people, places, and content related to the marketing of Product B.
  • Exec Blogs: Follow the blogs of the CEO, CMO, SVP of Sales, and other leaders who matter most to you.
  • Can't Miss: Follow critical items here and then make sure to select Email or Mobile from Updates so that you receive notifications when activity happens in this stream.
    Note: The option to change your email notifications preferences may be greyed-out and unavailable in your community.
    Note: You can also select your notification preferences by clicking your avatar > Preferences.
  • Comic Relief: Follow entertaining people and places where people post funny stories and videos.