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SharePoint 2013 New Features
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Following people, documents, and sites


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SharePoint 2013 New Features

with Gini Courter

Video: Following people, documents, and sites

If you'd like to see something in your feed in Facebook you need to have some friends. If you want to see something in your feed in Twitter you need to follow some folks. Here in SharePoint if I want to see anything in my Newsfeed I need to follow some people, or some documents, or some sites, or some tags, or all of the above. I want to start by following some people. I am going to click people and I can follow multiple people. So I want to follow Mark and notice that as I start entering somebody's name they'll show up here and I can choose them.

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SharePoint 2013 New Features
2h 20m Beginner Feb 28, 2013

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Dive in and explore what's new in SharePoint 2013. Author Gini Courter covers the new features and the enhancements to sharing, libraries, templates, and search. Plus, discover how the social networking features have been updated to include microblogging and newsfeed options. The course also includes a look at using SkyDrive Pro, managing rich media, and using new business intelligence features.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the SharePoint 2013 product line
  • Editing your social media profile
  • Viewing the newsfeed
  • Keeping track of tasks
  • Using SkyDrive to share private documents
  • Moving files with drag and drop
  • Syncing libraries
  • Introducing SharePoint apps
  • Reviewing the template updates
Subjects:
Business Collaboration Productivity
Software:
Office SharePoint
Author:
Gini Courter

Following people, documents, and sites

If you'd like to see something in your feed in Facebook you need to have some friends. If you want to see something in your feed in Twitter you need to follow some folks. Here in SharePoint if I want to see anything in my Newsfeed I need to follow some people, or some documents, or some sites, or some tags, or all of the above. I want to start by following some people. I am going to click people and I can follow multiple people. So I want to follow Mark and notice that as I start entering somebody's name they'll show up here and I can choose them.

I had better follow our CEO. That's just a good idea no matter where I work. I think I'd also like to follow Akee. That's a good start. I am going to go ahead and click Follow and all three of them have been added to my Newsfeed. Now Akee hasn't posted anything lately, but you'll notice that I actually saw right away a post from Jaryl and a post from Mark.

I can go in and take a look at other things that have happened here in Akee's feed. Akee started following me earlier. I can take a look at Jaryl's feed and I can take a look at information that Mark has posted that would have been in my feeds. These are items that happened earlier. Notice three hours ago Mark and Jaryl are having a conversation. Sometimes since then, other folks. I can actually say, okay, I can get a little bit caught up on what they've done recently and that looks just fine.

So I'm following three people, four people are following me, oh, Juan Ricardo is following me too. We will add him in a minute. Now when I go back to my Newsfeed, look at all this information that I have. Everything from these three people comes flowing in. So this is the easy way to follow people. To simply say I want to begin finding out more about the kinds of things that Jaryl or Akee or Mark are posting about. How do I get documents in here? Well, I get documents and sites by actually going to a document or site.

Let's go back to our SharePoint site. And here we are in Inside No Obstacles and let's say for example I'd like to know whenever the Green Newsletter gets updated or the Moving to Office 2013 document or any other document. I can simply click and say I would like to FOLLOW this document. There is a little alert that happens and I'm following this document now until I stop following it. What if I want to follow a particular site? Well, be anywhere on the site--for example in our Employee Self-Service Portal-- and say I'd like to FOLLOW this site.

Now I am following ESS or if I'd like to follow Inside Sport, a site that we will be working on later. It's just that easy to follow it. So I can follow individuals, specific documents, and sites. Let's go back now to our Newsfeed. We will notice that I'm following three sites, two documents, and three people. In the same way that I can click here to see who the people are, I can also click here and see what documents I am following.

If I want to stop following a document, I simply click Stop following. Based on the documents that I'm following over time SharePoint will actually suggest some other documents that I might want to follow and I can choose to do that or I can choose to ignore that information if I wish. In terms of my sites here are the sites that I am following. If I want to stop following a particular site simply choose Stop following and it won't be on my list any longer.

That doesn't mean I can't get to the site if I want to. It just means that it won't show up on the list of sites that I am following. And new information posted on that site is not going to show up in my Newsfeed. We'll talk about tags in our next movie, but for now we know how to follow people, documents, and sites in SharePoint social networking.

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