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As the Network grows, you may be concerned that the amount of  posted content will become overwhelming to you. This is contrary to the purpose of this social platform which is supposed to make information sharing/gathering easier and your work and interactions more efficient. So with this upgrade we are introducing functionality to help you manage this information.


In many of the places on the Network, you will see different choices of things to do: Track in Communications, Follow, or Receive Email notifications.  Let me explain the difference and how you might use them to see the content that most interests you.



On many pages, you will see a green "Follow" button.  Think about following as keeping up with the activity around that group, forum, or discussion.  You follow these items because you are interested in them and want to monitor activity around them. Users in your friend lists are automatically included in people you follow.  (Don't forget to click on the images to view them larger.)


New activity of your followed content will appear in your What Matters: Activity stream which is accessed via the first button of the top bar.  When there is new activity, icon turns yellow and a number may appear next to it, indicating how many new items you have.



Track in Communications

When you select Track in Communications, activity for this group or forum or person, will appear in your What Matters: Communications stream which can be accessed through the second button at the top.


In addition, any updates or comments on content you create or collaborate on, direct messages, mentions, shares, and announcements automatically appear in your communications until you choose to stop tracking them.


Email Notifications

The default setting is that all things you are following or tracking automatically sends you an email.  You may want to change that in Your Preferences.



Select the types of default notifications you would like to receive.



You can, as always, override your preferences and email notifications for individual groups, content, or people through the link in the Actions Box.


As always, if you have any comments or questions, post them below and we'll answer them as soon as we can.


As I mentioned last week (see Upgraded for 2012 - ACS Network 3.0), the ACS Network user interface has changed fairly dramatically. In some ways it is easier to use, but if you have been a regular Network user, you may need some hints on where to find your stuff. As usual, there is more than one way to skin a cat.


Before I begin, it helps to understand these definitions:


  • Places = Groups, Forums, sub-forums.  Groups are sometimes referred to as "Social Groups". (You may see a reference to spaces. We call spaces forums in the ACS network.)
  • Content = discussions, documents, blogs, ideas, video, polls.


How to find your stuff:


1. The top bar of the Network has a link to Browse. You can then select whether you want to browse content, people, places, or bookmarks. This should take you to a page which will allow you to filter to allow you to find your content or places.  (Click on image to expand it.)


2. If you go to your profile (click on your Name next to welcome).

It should pull up a profile and from there you can take a look at your groups or your content. Again these are filterable.



How can I get to my groups faster?

These two ways are work well but they do require a few clicks.

I've thought about two ways that you can get to your groups faster.


1. You can bookmark the groups, forums, or other content you want get to quickly, especially if you have one particular group that you need to get to.


2. Once you start following groups, content, or people, notifications should start appearing in your "What Matters: Activity" stream.  I'll devote an entire post to "What Matters", but in simple terms, it is a way that recent content that is most important to you is brought to your attention. Your groups and content should be available through that if there is anything new. If you are curious, I recommend you click on the "What Matters" icons to access more information on them.

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If anyone else has a different way to find their stuff, let us all know. The Network platform is a complex and powerful tool, so we are all learning how it works.


Happy New Year!

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