Customize Your Chatter Experience
- Respond to a post.
- Keep up-to-date by following people and records.
- Get people’s attention using mentions.
- Understand who sees your Chatter content.
A Little Less Talk, A Little More Action
Take Action on a Post
In private and unlisted groups, you can see both how many and who has seen a post.
- Share a post with a group or the people who follow you.
- Get a link to a post’s detail view.
- Bookmark a post so you can easily find it later.
- Mute a post so you stop receiving notifications about it.
- Edit or delete your own posts.
- Draft a post, and publish it later.
Let’s see these actions in action.
Share a Post
- Go the Chatter post that you want to share and click the Share icon.
- To share the post with a group, select Share with Group.
- To share the post on your profile page so that your followers see it, select Share with Followers.
- To copy a link that goes to the detail view of a post, select Copy Link.
- For Share with Group only: In the Group Name field, enter the name of the group to share this post with, and select the group from the results.
- In the editor, add any remarks that you want to publish with the shared post.
- Click Share.
If you shared with your followers, the original post, plus your added remarks, are posted to your profile. They also appear in the What I Follow feed of anyone who’s following you. The folks with access to your profile can see the shared post on your profile page, but only the people who follow you are notified. (More on notifications in unit 4.) If you shared with a group, the original post, plus your added remarks, are posted to the group that you specified.
Shared posts have a View Original Post link that takes people back to the original post.
|What you can do||What you can’t do|
|Where you can share||Share a post with all your followers and with a group. Copy a link to the detailed view of a post.||Share a post with multiple groups in one action.|
|How you can change the post||Comment on a shared post.||Edit the shared instance of the original post. (However, in Lightning Experience, edits to the original post appear in the shared version.)|
|What you can share||Share a post from a group or someone’s personal feed.||Share a post from a record feed.|
|What is shared||Share the text of the original post.||Share the original post’s comments or attached files.|
The posts that you share in Lightning Experience keep their connection to the original post. So, if someone edits the original, those changes appear in the shared version.
Edit, Delete, and Bookmark a Post
I’m sure it’s never happened to you, but sometimes we post something without taking a second look. Oops, a typo! Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to live forever. (Phew!).
To see a post’s Edit and Delete options, click its actions menu icon .
Notice the Bookmark option? Click it to add the post to your Bookmarked feed on the Chatter page. Any post that you bookmark shows a gold star in its top-right corner in its original feed.
Mute a Post
The more your network heats up with activity, the more notifications you get. It can be helpful to selectively mute certain posts. Muting stops Chatter from sending emails that announce when people act on a post that you’ve interacted with (liked, commented on, or bookmarked).
Imagine you post a happy birthday message to your CEO. Suddenly, your email queue is flooded with notifications that all your colleagues have liked or commented on this post. In minutes, your email queue is overwhelmed with notifications.
- Go to the post’s detail view by clicking the link in your notification email. If you’re in the feed, you can also get to a detail view by clicking the post’s date-and-time stamp.
- Click the post’s actions menu icon, and select Mute.
Voilà! No more email notifications for that post. You can restore notifications for a muted post by taking the same steps. But this time, select Unmute.
Save and Publish Draft Posts
If your administrator has set it up, any post that you haven’t published is automatically saved as a draft after seven seconds. You can find your drafts on the Chatter home page under My Drafts. From My Drafts, you can post or delete the draft. Add files, links, images, mentions, hashtags, and any other rich text to your post, because we save it all. For draft posts with hashtags, the topic isn’t created until you publish the post. Only posts are saved as drafts; questions and polls are not.
Follow People, Groups, and Records
How do you follow someone? There are lots of ways. For example, wherever you see a name in a feed, hover over it to open a quick view of that person’s profile. Click Follow.
You can also follow someone from their profile page, or you can follow a record from its home page. For example, to follow a record, open the record, click Follow, and check What I Follow.
Want to see all the latest posts from all the people, records, and groups that you follow? Easy! Go to your Chatter tab and click What I Follow.
Mention for Attention
To mention someone, enter the @ symbol and start entering their name. A list of suggested matches opens, and you choose a name from the list.
You can also mention groups. Group mentions appear in the group’s feed. Group mentions are a great way to share a relevant post from one feed to another. Access rules apply here, too. If some group members don’t have access to the mentioned group, they don’t see the shared content in their group feed. Clicking a group mention takes you to the group page. If you don’t have access to the group, you see only the group header.
You can link to records in your posts using a similar mechanism. Instead of the @ symbol, enter a forward slash (/) and start typing the record name. A selection of matching records pops up.
Click a result to add a link to it to your post.
Who Sees What?
|Where Rachael posts||Do you see her post in What I Follow?|
|On her own profile||In orgs where all users are public: If you’re following Rachael, you see her posts to her own feed
In orgs where users are default private: If you’re following Rachael, you see her posts to her own feed
You can see posts that appear on Rachael’s profile when these conditions are met:
|On another person’s profile||If you are following the other person|
|In a public group||If you follow the group by joining it|
|In an unlisted, private, or customer group||If you’re also a member of the group|
|On a record page||If you have access to the record and you’re following it|
- Put mentions in comments. Rachel places her mentions in the post’s comments. Why? Placing mentions in comments prevents anyone or any group that’s mentioned from getting notified repeatedly whenever there’s action on the post. For example, when you share a post the post is shared but not the comments. So mentions in comments don’t trigger unwanted notifications when you share the post.
- Use mentions thoughtfully. You can make every name you enter a mention, but it counts most when a mention triggers a less-frequent and more meaningful notification.
Make mentions count. Where your post lives can impact whether the person or group you mention is notified or has access to the post. Check out the following table for examples.
Where you post Who you can mention On a person’s profile Anyone with access to that person On a public group Anyone with access to the public group On a private or unlisted group Only members of the group (note that people with special privileges, like “Manage Unlisted Groups” or “Modify Unlisted Groups,” can also see the mentioned post) On a record detail page Anyone with access to the record
Well, now you’ve got your network really buzzing! Next, let’s talk about creating groups for discussing specific work; combining related feeds into one easy-reference feed, called a stream; and setting up your notifications.