Introducing The Garden…Posted by Steve on June 10 at 10:18 am
Yesterday we released an update to our web site that we’re very excited about: we launched The Garden, a section dedicated to meeting new beaders, sharing ideas, asking questions, and more. I’d like to give you an overview of some of the things you can do in The Garden…
In The Garden, everyone has a profile page. It’s an overview of what you’ve been up to, along with your bio (if you choose to write one), your picture, and a link to your web site. Your profile page also has a “comment wire”, which is a place for your friends to leave you a short message, or for you to post a status update (more on that below). So check out your profile to begin!
Finding Other Beaders’ Profiles
To see what everyone else is up to (and drop them a note if you want), you can look at their profile pages. To find other beaders like this, just click on their name or picture when you see it appear somewhere (a good place is the “Who’s Online?” section on the main page). We also have a directory of the members–check it out!
In The Garden, a “wire” is just like a whiteboard where you and your friends can write little comments, messages, or status updates. You have one on your profile page, and you can type a message on your wire anytime you want (going on vacation? having an inspirational moment? your dog just did something that you can’t resist sharing?)… and your friends can drop you a line here, too! Anyone can see your wire (just check out someone’s profile page to see what I mean), so if you’re looking for a way to communicate privately, I’ll explain in a bit…
Groups are collections of beaders with similar interests. Right now, we have a handful of groups to join. There are two unique things about groups: a group “wire” and forum topics. The group wire is just like your personal wire–it’s great for sharing short ideas or messages with the whole group. There’s also a forum where group members can start topics and post back and forth for more in-depth conversations. Check out the Jewelry Sellers group for an example (and once you have a Garden Profile, you can click “Join Goup” to join!). Have ideas for new groups? Leave a comment below!
Just like on other web sites, you can “friend” people by going to their profile page and clicking “Add Friend”. It will send them a request that they can accept to complete the connection. This will help in two ways… for one, your friends are listed under your profile so you can access them easily to check out what they’ve been up to lately. Secondly, once you’re friends you can leave messages on each other’s wires. So get going and make some friends!
Looking for a way to send a more private message? When you’re looking at someone’s profile, you can click “Send Message” to send them a private message. This is just like an e-mail but you don’t need to know that person’s e-mail address. Whether it’s a note of encouragement, an invitation to a craft show, or a question–this is a more private way to communicate than posting a note on someone’s wire that other people can see.
More to Come: Design Gallery
Next week, we’ll be launching the Design Gallery. We’re really excited to see the awesome creations that you make–and this will be a place to share them with the world. It’s coming June 18th! Stay tuned, and get your digital camera ready