The primary interface of Hylo is a lot like Facebook. You see a stream of posts from the community you are looking at, and can scroll down to see previous posts.
The stream defaults into the latest activity w/in that group.
You can sort by “Popular” posts that have been “upvoted” or liked by the most people.
You can also filter the stream by the post type (see below).
Toggle between expanded and compacted views using the icons on the right side of the page using the icons below.
Filter posts in a group by their type using the icons at the top of the stream “Discussion”, “Events”, “Offers”, “Projects”, “Requests”, or “Resources”. Learn more about the Types of Posts.
The “Explore” view is another way to organize activity within your group. This page allows you to see what's most alive in your group in a centralized view! You can see:
Recently active members
Open Requests & Offers
Recently active projects
Click on the leaf icon on the left side panel to view “Projects” within the group. Clicking on a project will expand it on the right side of your screen. Here, you can comment, upvote, or JOIN the project.
Clusters of elements will appear as a bigger circle with a number inside. The color around the circle will indicate aspects inside the cluster.
Clicking on a cluster will zoom in on that cluster.
Users can change the base layer of the map to satellite or street view. We are excited that we can now display indigenous territories as a layer on the map using data from native-land.ca.
You can access the map layers by clicking on the Base Layers icon in the lower right corner. You will see options for Basic, Streets, Satellite, and Satellite + Streets.
You will see the option to toggle on/off the Native Territories layer here as well.
Navigate to the upper left corner of the map and click the “Search for a Location” button then type the location. Ensure you click the correct location from the drop-down menu.
Viewing Posts, Groups, and Members on the Map
Clicking on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the upper right of the map opens up the sidebar, which shows you all of the Posts, Groups, and Members in the current view.
You can click the search box to filter by Topic or Keyword. You can choose your top 10 topics to filter by, or search by typing.
Sort posts by Latest Activity, Post Date, or by Popular posts.
You can filter the map by Post Type, Group, or Members by navigating to the lower left corner and clicking on "Features". Toggle on and off what you would like to see/what you would like to hide.
To create a post directly on the map, click and hold for a couple seconds on the location you want the post to appear OR click the (+) button in the bottom right corner of the map and then pin-point on the map where you want the location for that post.
Saved Map Searches
Saved map searches allow you to save a view on the map either in the Group view or Public view. Navigate to the map by clicking on the world icon and notice the heart icon in the upper left corner. Clicking the heart will allow you to save this view.
As an example, say you want to save a map view of all the members in a certain bioregion.
Navigate to the “Search for a location” and enter the region you want to search within
Click on “Post Types” in the bottom left corner and toggle “Members” to the on position. Toggle the post types you don’t want to view on the map to the off position.
Click the heart icon to and provide a title of this view.
Note: You can delete this saved view by clicking on the trashcan icon on the map or by accessing your Saved Searches in your account settings and clicking “Delete.”
The hashtag button on the bottom left panel takes you to all the topics currently being used in a group. #Topics help organize Posts so everyone stays notified and up to speed on the things they care about. You can sort topics by Recent, Popular, or by Name.
Clicking on a topic shows you all the posts within that topic. You can filter by Discussions, Requests, Offers, and resources. You also have the ability to unsubscribe from a topic here.
Follow a Topic
Click “Subscribe” to follow a topic. You will receive notifications when someone creates a new Post with that topic. You can unsubscribe from a topic from this area as well.
Share something that is important to you! What do you want to discuss with your group or the broader Hylo community?
Share your event on Hylo and invite people to join. This could be a virtual or live event. Click on the calendar icon on the left side panel to view events. RSVP to events and invite others.
What do you want to offer or share with the community? This can be something physical or a service you offer. You get to specify how long this offer is available. (i.e. job offer)
Let others know about available resources. A resource is a physical thing or digital resource that you want to share with your group. (i.e. article, book, video)
Create a project that your group or Hylo community can help you with. Click on a project to join it! Click on the leaf icon on the left side panel to view “Projects”.
What can your group or the Hylo community help you with? Put a request out for members in your community to offer support.
How to Post
There are multiple ways to post on Hylo:
Click on the box on the top of the stream that says “Hi [Name], what would you like to share?”
Click on the “Create” button on the left side panel
Create a post directly on the Map!
Either click and hold for a couple seconds on the location you want the post to appear OR click the (+) button in the bottom right corner of the map and then pin-point on the map where you want the location for that post.
What would you like to share? Choose the type of post!
Add a title and description to the post. You can bold and italicize the text by highlighting the text and clicking the desired option.
You can select a timeframe for an event, offer, resource, project, or request.
You can also add an optional location for these types of posts.
Make sure you click the location from the dropdown menu after you type it out to ensure it shows up on the map.
Select whichTopics the post should be linked to. Topics are a bit like hashtags on Twitter. They are for categorizing the post or making it easy to find. You can add up three topics.
Choose which Groups you want to post into.
You can share the same post in multiple groups you are a part of.
Choose whether you want your post to be PUBLIC or not, (meaning that anyone in any Hylo Group can see it by clicking on the Public Groups & Posts view under the groups drop down menu in the upper left corner).
Attach images and/or file attachments.
For Images, the optimal ratio is 1024x768, between 4:3 to 19:6 aspect ratio (1080 wide)
Moderators have the option to create an ANNOUNCEMENT on a post using the megaphone icon at the bottom. An announcement makes the post go out as an email and push notification to all members of the group.
Clicking on a post will open it in a window to the right side of your screen, so that you can interact with the post. Each post shows:
The post type: Discussion, Event, Offer, Resource, Project, or Request (See Post Types).
When it was posted
Whether it was an announcement or not
Comments on the post
These are similar to “likes” on Facebook
The more upvotes a post increases it’s popularity, which will make the post more visible
You can see thetopicsfor the post. These are chosen by the poster.
You can see which groups it was posted in (if posted in multiple groups).
Interacting with Posts
Clicking on a post will open it up on the side, so that you can interact with the post.
Write a comment on a post by clicking the box that says “Hi (your name), what’s on your mind?” Tag a friend by typing “@” followed by the individual’s name. A list will appear so you can select a person. They'll be notified about your post or comment.
Reply to a Comment
You can reply to a comment by clicking on the message icon.
You can edit/delete comments and sub-comments on other's posts.
Popularize or highlight the post by clicking on the green arrow in the bottom right corner.
Editing a Post
If you are the poster, click on the three vertical dots at the top right to edit or delete your post.
Flagging a post
You can flag inappropriate or offensive posts by others. Click the three vertical dots at the top right to flag a post.
Groups and Networks on Hylo
Joining a Group or Community
Either you can be invited to a community or can find groups organically. Some groups are Open, while others are closed and require an invite. You can join a Restricted group, but you will be required to answer “join questions” before you can enter the group.
Group Invites and Join Requests
You can see your invitations from Hylo groups and your open requests to join groups by clicking on your photo icon in the upper right corner, clicking on Settings, then clicking on Invites & Requests. Here you can accept or decline an invitation to join a group and also cancel an open request to join a group.
Leaving a Group
Leave a group by clicking on your photo icon in the upper right corner → Settings → Groups & Affiliations. You will see a list of groups you are a part of and can leave a group by clicking on the red “Leave” button on the right of the group.
If you already belong to groups or communities, you can access and toggle between them by clicking on the icon with three horizontal lines in the top left corner of your screen.
Explore "who's doing what, where" in the PUBLIC STREAM, by clicking the top left icon. This is an aggregate of all posts that have been marked as Public from any group within Hylo anywhere in the world!
View a map of all Public Groups and posts that have been marked as Public from any group within Hylo anywhere in the world.Keep in mind, “Members” will not be displayed on the Map, as this is not a group specific view.
The Group Explorer is a directory for public groups, which will allow users to discover groups based on very refined criteria. Users have the option to search a directory of Groups with a keyword and sort the list by Group Name, Member Count, and by those Nearest to them. Keep in mind, only publicly visible Groupswill be displayed.
Discover Farms on Hylo
The Group Explorer has expanded to now include Farms, and users can now use this feature to connect with farms and get involved with their local food system.
Search for Farms by Keyword and Sort by Group Name, Member Count, and those Nearest. You can also filter the list of Farms by the Farm Type, Operation (what is being produced) and Land Management techniques.
Click on a farm to learn more about it.
Farm Profile Pages
Farm profiles include comprehensive data about the farm. You will see:
In this section, land stewards share ways they want to collaborate and users can send a message to connect and offer their support.
Message all [Farm] Moderators
Users can send a group message to all farm moderators from the Opportunities to Collaborate widget. This feature is currently available only for Farm Groups, though we plan on extending this to the broader Hylo community soon.
As an example, let's say I have time to volunteer on a farm and I see that this farm is seeking farm support. I can click on the message icon to the right of that field and send them a direct message offering my support.
Creating a New Group
Click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner, then scroll to the bottom and click Start a Group. Learn more about Creating a Group.
Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right of the screen to go to the search page
You can choose to search among all people, discussions and comments or just one of those categories
Click on the Chat bubble in the upper right corner of the screen to see your recent messages.
Click on a message or on the Open Messages link to see all your recent chats.
Click on the New Message icon to start a message.
You can then start typing the name of the person you want to message or click on one or more people in the list that appears below.
You can message one person or create a group chat with multiple people.
When you have selected who you want to message, type a message in the box at the bottom of the screen where it says “Write something…” to start the conversation.
To exit, click the gray “X” at the top right.
You can also direct message an individual directly from their profile, by clicking the envelope icon.
To block another user, first navigate to their user profile. Next, click on the button with three vertical dots on the banner image to the right of their name. Click "Block this Member".
To unblock a member, navigate to your account settings by clicking on your photo icon in the upper right corner and click on settings. Navigate to "Blocked Users" at the bottom of the menu, and click the unblock button next to their name.
Note: the Blocked Users section will only be displayed if you have blocked another user.
You can access Feedback & Support by clicking on your photo icon in the upper right corner → “Feedback & Support”.
Message Hylo Support
Click the “Send us a message” button to contact Hylo with your feedback, feature requests, bugs, etc! You can attach images using the paperclip icon in the lower right corner.
Search for Help
You will find tutorials in this section. Click on “Search Articles” and browse our collection of articles. You can also visit the Hylo Help Center to access these articles.
Contact a Group Moderator
Have questions about a group you are a member of? Send a direct message to your group’s moderator! To find a moderator, open the respective group and navigate to the right side panel. You will find group moderators here. Click on the moderator to open their profile, and click on the envelope icon under their banner image.
Contribute to Hylo
Stay in conversation with us! Join the Building Hylo group on Hylo to stay up to date on bug fixes, new features, and the product journey. You can also contribute your suggestions within this group!