I started using Gather earlier this year.Â I have joined several groups, created groups, etc. I have put together some tips for using Gather.Â Feel free to share your own tips and questions.
1. Publishing an article
Click on Publish tab at the top.Â It's right next to the Mail tab.
On the last page when you publish the article, you can check off all the boxes of the groups your article can be published to.Â One tip: In order to post to a group, you have to first join the group.Â If you join the group after posting the article, you can edit the article and select the groups it should be posted to.Â
2. Publishing an image
When you publish an image with an article, it will not appear under my images.Â You will have to republish it by click on Publish, Publish an image.Â To set an image as your icon, so it appears next to your comments and in your page, upload the image and then go to My Images. Click on Set as Icon under the image.
4. Connecting with people
You can connect with people as family, friend or colleague.Â When you edit your profile you can select what can be viewed by the public, family, friend and colleague.Â When you publish an article you can also indicate who can view the article, everyone, family, friend or colleague.
5. Email notifications
You can choose to get email notifications from the groups you joined and your contacts.Â Click on My Gather, click on Settings and Mail Preferences.
6. Create a group
When you create your own group, you can make it a public or private group. You can also choose whether it's moderated or unmoderated.Â To create a group, click on Groups, then on Create a Group.Â If it is for an organization, you can upload a group banner to replace the Gather banner at the top. To create a group, visit /createGroup.jsp.
7. Gather points
You earn Gather points the more active you are on Gather.Â Whether it's posting an article or image, creating a group, commenting on articles, inviting people to join gather, etc.Â Gather does not publish exactly how many points you get for what.Â To see how many points you have click on My Gather.Â You can exchange your points for gift certificates at Barnes and Noble, Uncommon Goods, etc. or donate your points to organizations. To learn more, visit https://earnings.gather.com/Offers.do.
8. Featuring articles in a group
To feature a article you have published in your group, go to your group and click on My Articles.Â Under the article headline you will see,Â click on Content Settings.Â Check off the box "Feature this Article in the group." You can always go back and unfeature the article.Â The featured article will appear in the top section of the group.
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