Following and Bookmarking Stuff in the Community

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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.  :smileygrin:

About the Author
I've worked at MPTC since January 2001 as Web Specialist in the Instructional Technology department. Basically, I work with our Curriculum department to put courses into Canvas for our faculty. I enjoy playing disc golf, watching movies, playing video games, playing board/card games (Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Splendor, Above and Below, Munchkin, and Exploding Kittens), reading, and being with family and friends. I help volunteer with our Sr. High Youth program at my church and also help with the soundboard and running slides for our Sunday services. I am currently on my fourth Toyota Prius. The first (a silver 2004 2nd Gen) was victim to a flood that came through our area, and water got inside which ruined many of the electronics in it. My second (a magnetic gray metallic 2009 2nd Gen) was totaled in a rear-end collision. I totaled my 3rd Prius (a silver 2011) when I rear-ended someone by accident in town. I now have a 2019 Toyota Prius Limited...and it's awesome!