Take a Quick Tour

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HDS Community User Guide > Getting Started > Take a Quick Tour

 

You'll spend most of your time in the HDS Community finding and browsing information, connecting with other community members, and creating content.

 

Here's a quick visual tour of the interface. If you're totally new to the HDS Community, check out the built-in Get Started guides that walk you through key tasks such as posting a status update, connecting with colleagues, and joining a group.

 

Read the Latest News

The News page features several activity streams designed to keep you up to date on all the latest activity in your community. Take a look at the All Activity stream to see all community updates (that you have permission to see) as they are posted in real time. You may also see streams that have been selected for you by a community administrator.

 

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Browse Your Built-in Streams

To get a sense of how the streams work, take a peek at your Following stream. When you start following people, places, and content items, they are automatically added to this built-in stream. If you are viewing Most Recent activity, you'll see a stream update every time one of your connections posts something. View the Top & Trending content to get a feel for what's happening right now. You can add any people, places, or content that you want to follow to this stream.

 

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Create Your Own Custom Streams

You can also create your own customized streams to focus on specific content, places, or people. For example, you might create a stream to watch your team's activity, or activity about your current project.

 

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Contribute!

Time to dip your toes in by creating something useful for the community. Just click the pencil in on the main toolbar to create a document, blog post, discussion, and so on.

 

Contributing to the community helps it grow into a useful place for everyone. It's easy to start by just asking a simple question. Chances are that your question, and the answers from your fellow community members, will be helpful to many other community members.

 

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Invite Others and Start Collaborating

Invite other people to join your community! This helps to build a stronger, more dynamic community. Just go to the People page and click the Send Invites button to send an email invitation to people who haven't yet joined.

 

Next, get out in the community and provide answers to questions to help other users. Comment on documents and discussions to make something good even better. Or, join a group to collaborate on shared work.

 

 

Explore Your Inbox

Click the  inbox-icon.png  button to see your Inbox. Your Inbox shows activity you're directly involved in—@mentions, shares, direct messages, and updates to things you've participated in.

 

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Find What You Need

Use the Spotlight Search box to find people, places, or content items.

 

If you want to browse more casually, use one of the browsing pages. You can click your avatar and then Your Places or Your Content or you can click My Community in the main navigation.

 

Once in the browsing view, use the left navigation to refine the results by how they relate to you.

 

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