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Following and Bookmarking Stuff in the Community

Blog Post created by chofer@morainepark.edu Champion on May 13, 2016

When you're in the Community, you can pretty much follow anything and everything that sparks your interest.  In this blog, I'll show you how you can follow discussions, Feature Ideas, and Groups (places) in the Community.  I'll also show you how to bookmark content so you can come back to it at a later time.  Finally, I'll show you a cool trick on how to add notes to your bookmarked items.

 

Let's say that you wanted to follow and/or bookmark the following items that are currently (at the time of this posting) "In Development":

 

 

Or maybe you wanted to follow the Panda Jokes thread (yup...there's a whole thread of panda-related jokes and memes) over in the I Heart Pandas group.

 

For the most part, you'll want to follow the directions outlined in this Community Guide: How do I follow people, places, or content in the community?.

 

You can also bookmark content (discussions, Feature Ideas, Groups, etc.) so that you can re-visit them at a later time.

 

From the Actions menu at the top right corner of the page of content, select Bookmark.

Actions >> Bookmark

To access your bookmarked content, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the drop-down menu next to your avatar on the upper right corner of the screen.
    Profile Dropdown Menu
  2. Click on your name.
  3. On your profile screen, click Bookmarks.
    Profile Bookmarks

All your bookmarked content will be displayed.  You can sort the content by type, title, or the date bookmarked.

 

Over time, your list of bookmarked stuff might get pretty big (I had over 10 pages of bookmarks at one time).  And, I was saying to myself, "Why did I bookmark that page in the first place?"  Well, Jive (that's the interface that runs the Canvas Community website) let's you keep notes and keywords for each bookmark you save...and it's searchable!  On your Bookmarks screen, click on the Thumbnails icon on the right side of the screen.

Thumbnail View

For each of your bookmarked items, you'll have a link called Edit notes & tags.  Click on this link to bring up a pop-up window which will allow you to enter a few sentences about the content.  Maybe include a reason why you bookmarked the page in the first place.  Then, add some keyword tags.  This will help in your searches.  When you come back to your Bookmarks page later on, you can use the Type to filter by text box shown above to search for your bookmarked item.  Items that have been tagged with keywords will appear first.  Items that haven't yet been tagged will appear at the end of your search results.

 

If you have any questions about this process, please post a message below, and I'll be happy to respond. 

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