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About content sharing on Gather
In short, you can share anything you wish -- if it's yours. Have
an interesting story to tell? Want to share your favorite recipe or show off that
fantastic set of pictures you just took? Have a video of your dad's birthday
party? Gather is the place to show it off. You can share almost anything, from
haiku to horticulture.
You own and are responsible for all of your original content on
Gather. Anything you create on Gather is copyrighted by you as soon as you
share it, as long as the content is legally yours.
Sharing content "intended for mature audiences"
If your post or photo were a movie, would it be rated R? If the answer is yes,
or if you think your piece would get an even more mature rating, then your
piece is probably intended for mature audiences.
the following content is considered to be intended for mature audiences:
nudity, crude or indecent language, and graphic violence.
your responsibility to correctly classify any content you share on Gather. The
Gather Editorial Team reserves the right to add adult settings to your work, or
in extreme cases, to delete material that violates the Gather Editorial Policy.
Please see the Gather User Terms of
Service Agreement for more information.
Content sharing and copyright law
According to the standards of Fair Use, you can reprint brief
quotations of copyrighted material. But you must give proper credit to the
original source and use it as an addition to your own original content.
Understand, though, you're responsible for everything you share,
including any material that may infringe on the rights of others, as is stated
in the Gather User Terms of
Content sharing and Gather Points™
You'll also earn Gather Points™ just for creating popular, quality experiences
that drive participation in the community. The more valuable the experience is that
you create, the more points you'll earn. Gather Points are your currency to purchase
goods and services from your favorite Gather Points partners.
Fair Use rules for quoting another author
When sharing a portion of someone else's content, it must be for
the purpose of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or
research, according to the United States Copyright Office. There's no clear
definition of what constitutes Fair Use, but acknowledging the source of the
copyrighted material is no substitution for obtaining permission. As a general
guide, only quote specific lines or passages from another source, not the
entire piece. Also, you must use the cited material as an addition to your own
original content. You should familiarize yourself with the copyright laws to make
sure you don't infringe on someone's rights.
Content view counts
You can see how many people have viewed your posts, photos, or videos by looking at the lists in your
My Posts, My Photos, or My Videos pages available from the My Gather menu. You can see the
number of views for other members' content by looking at any of their content lists in their profile.
Editing content I've shared
Go to the My Gather menu and visit your My Posts, My
Photos, My Videos, or any individual post, photo, photo album, or video you've shared
on Gather. There you have the choice to edit or delete the content. Click
"edit" located under the content title. Make your changes and click Save. Gather will stamp your
content with the date you made the modification, but no one in your network
will receive any notices about your content being edited, and you won't lose
any recommendations or comments.
Deleting content I've shared
Go to the My Gather menu and visit My Posts, My Photos, or My Videos, or any individual post, photo, photo album, or video
you've shared on Gather. There you'll see the option to edit or delete the content.
Click "delete," under the content title. Your content will then be removed from Gather.
Increasing my content viewership
There are many ways to increase your readership on Gather. Writing consistently within a topical
area will help grow your audience over time. You may also invite people you know who like what you
share on Gather to view your content. You may promote your content outside of Gather with others who
share your interests through sites like Facebook, Digg, and Twitter. Using Search Engine Optimization
(SEO) techniques will help your content appear more prominently in search engines which helps build
your audience as well. You can learn about earning more points at earnmorepoints.gather.com
or about Search Engine Optimization specifically at seo.gather.com.
Use a handful of descriptive tags to make it easier for people to find your work -- and always use tags that
really describe what you're sharing. We suggest that you highlight your favorite content by spotlighting it on your
profile page. To spotlight something, just click "spotlight this" beside your favorite post, photo, photo album, or
video in your My Activities section, and it'll be the first thing others see when they view your profile. Also, if
you comment thoughtfully on others' content, more people will know your name and check out your profile and content.
Sharing content with select groups or friends
To share content with a group, first join the group. Then, when sharing your content, you can choose who can view it. If you choose
"Everyone," your choices will be all of Gather and a list of the public groups you belong to. Just click the names of no more than
250 groups in the "My Groups" list to add them to the "Share with these groups" list. Clicking a group name under "Share with these groups"
will remove that group from the list. All members of these groups will now see your new content in their My Groups Feeds on their My Gather
pages. When you're viewing a group, you can click the "share with group" link, which will let you share content with the current group only.
Be sure your content meets the requirements of the groups you select before sharing.
If you set your viewing preference to "private," only selected friends or
your private groups will be available. Your content will also be visible for
these friend sets to view in their My Friends Feed. To share with selected friend
sets or private groups, just click the names of the groups in the "My
Groups" or "My Friend Sets" list to add them to the "Share
Remember that when you share content privately, only the selected friends or members of
the selected private groups can see your work.
For moderated groups, your content will be reviewed before it's accepted or
declined, so you may not see it posted in the group right away.
Sharing content with private and public groups
Content can't be posted simultaneously to private and public
groups. If you really need to share something with both public and private
groups, you'll need to share the content again with a different audience.
Sharing content with groups and selected friends
Content can't be posted simultaneously to groups and friend
sets. If you really need to share something with multiple audiences both public
and private, you'll need to share the content again with a different audience.
Sharing content on other networks
Gather allows you to share you comments, posts, photos, videos, and status updates on Facebook and Twitter. To turn on this functionality,
just check the "Share on Gather" or "Share on Twitter" checkbox on any comment box, when you are sharing a post, photo, or video, or when
you update your status on the My Gather page. The first time you share a comment, content, or your status update to Facebook or Twitter, you
will have to go through a number of simple steps to enable sharing on either network. After the initial set up, you can share to Facebook or
Twitter by simply checking the checkboxes in the comment, content, or status update you are sharing. Note that you can't share Gather
comments or content to Facebook or Twitter if the content has been shared to a private group, only to the author, or only to friend sets.
You also can't share content or comments to other networks if they have been marked as intended for mature audiences, and you can't share a
comment if the author moderates comments for that post, photo, or video.
Importing my blog
RSS tools are available. If you'd like to import your blog, please send us a request using the
Contact Member Support form. If you're a group owner, you can import
your blog post titles into the Inbound RSS module that can be placed on the group homepage.