"I walk away, walk away, I will follow..."
Excuse the lyric to one of my favorite U2 songs....But the message of following is the theme of this week's Tip/Trick!
You may have noticed a "Follow" button in certain areas of the site. Here, we'll show you what that means, what you can follow, and how you can do it, to always be up-to-date on important updates that YOU care about.
What is "Following?"
Following refers to literally what it means: As a Mimecaster, you'll be able to "follow" and always be up to date on all activity that occurs:
- From community members you follow (i.e. when they post a status update)
- On individual discussions or Shared Ideas (i.e. when there is a new reply to a thread)
- Within individual spaces or user groups (i.e. by following 'Community Help,' you'll always be updated when something new is posted to this space as a whole)
How can I follow a fellow community member?
Navigate to the user profile itself of the community member you wish to follow, and you will see a 'Follow' button next to the member's name. By clicking it, the 'Follow' will in turn change to 'Following,' and you'll be up to date on activity now from this community member:
How can I follow a space?
To follow an area of the site (i.e. Share Ideas), navigate to the space or user group you wish to follow, and click the 'Follow' button at top right. You'll now be monitoring all activity that happens within this space.
How can I follow an individual Shared Idea or discussion thread?
To follow an individual Shared Idea or discussion, navigate to the idea or discussion topic you wish to follow, and click the 'Follow' button at top right. You'll now be monitoring all activity that happens within this individual topic.
OK, I've followed something. Where do I see these updates?
I'm really glad you asked this question! Whenever you click 'Follow' at any capacity (be it following users, spaces, discussions, etc.), a drop-down option of 'Following in' will appear, and you'll have the option of viewing updates from these spaces/people/discussions in your custom streams on your homepage (more info on that here: Make Your Homepage Your Own: Add Custom Streams) and within your Inbox on Mimecaster Central (more info here: You have mail! Using your Mimecaster Central Inbox).
Just remember to also ensure email notifications are enabled in your account as well if you wish to receive notifications on community activity directly to your work/personal email account (more info on setting these up in your Preferences here: Getting Started: Updating your Email Notifications).
Only follow what you really want to know about -- i.e. the least amount of noise for you that you'll find useful. For example, it may not be useful for you to follow the entire Shared Ideas space to be updated on every new idea or comment. On the flipside, however, it may be very useful for you to follow an individual idea within Shared Ideas that you've raised, or want updates on.
Want to learn even more Mimecaster Central tips and tricks, and how to best maximize your experience in Mimecaster Central? Be sure to follow our Site Help section.