How to Share Your Stories on Social Media

Social sharingTo share a story on Facebook, Twitter, or by email, simply click one of the icons at the top of the story. Or click the + icon to share on a wide choice of other social media.

You’ll see an initial social sharing message that you can customize as you wish. For example, here’s the window you get when sharing to Facebook:

Facebook share 2Just specify where or to whom to share, add your message, and click Post.

Messaging Another User

After reading a story, you can add a positive comment in the box below it. Once approved by the author, it will be visible to anyone who reads that story. But suppose you want to respond privately. How do you send a private message to another user?

Just click their name wherever you see it. From their list of stories, click the link at the top to view their profile. (You can also Search for them; remember to select Search Members.)

Click Private Message. Enter your subject line and message, and click Send Message to send it.

Searching for Members

The Search box in the top right corner of the Retrospect site searches only for stories that include your search term. So if you search for a member’s name, it might come up empty.

With the search results, however, you will see additional search options. Click Search Members and try your search again.

To Share or Not to Share?

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When you write or edit a story, you can decide how to share it using the Publish box in the upper right corner. The Visibility control lets you share stories with the entire community (Public, the default), but by clicking Edit, you can also choose to password protect it (and give the password—for now—to to those other beta testers you select) or keep it private. You can also click Publish Anonymously to remove your byline from the story.

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