Google Currents is a collaborative workspace for groups (Communities) to share posts and images.

Getting Started with Google Currents

Accessing Currents for the first time

  1. Select Currents for the the G Suite ‘waffle’ of apps from any G Suite web application (Gmail, Google Drive, etc)
    Select the Currents icon from the G Suite apps waffle

    1. If you are unable to see the Currents icon, go to currents.google.com (ensure that you are logged into your Lafayette G Suite account). Currents will be visible in the G Suite waffle after you set up your Currents profile
  2. If this is your first time visiting Currents, you will be prompted to set up your Currents profile
    Follow the prompts to set up your Currents profile
  3. You can now join or create Communities

Creating a Community

  1. Click the ‘hamburger’ symbol in the upper left hand corner to expand the menu bar and click “Communities”
    Expand the left menu bar and click "Communities"
  2. Click the [Create Community] button
  3. You will be asked to name the community and decide privacy settings such as who can join the community and visibility
  4. Once created, you can access various options for the Community by clicking the vertical ellipsis
    Vertical ellipsis allows you to access the Community settings

    1. Preferences: Choose settings related to the number of posts on the Communities’ homepage, how posts are displayed, and turn notifications on and off
    2. Edit Community: Choose an image for the Community, revisit the settings selected when originally creating the Community, and add Discussion “Categories” as a way to organize posts by topic, and add links
    3. Manage Members: See list of current members as well as their current status (Owner, Moderator, or Member)
    4. Share in a new post: Make a public post linking to your Community visible to all of Lafayette Google Currents
  5. To add members, click the + person symbol
    Add members to the community by clicking the + person button
  6. Choose to invite people with a link to the Community or directly invite people on Currents (they must have already accessed Currents and created a profile to appear in this list)
  7. The [Manage] button allows the Community owner to see membership activity, post activity, member requests, and any posts held as spam or for review

Join a Community

Search for a Community

  1. Click the ‘hamburger’ symbol in the upper left hand corner to expand the menu bar and click “Communities”
    Expand the left menu bar and click "Communities"
  2. In the search box, search for the name of the Community you would like to join, select it, and click the [Ask to Join] button on the Community homepage

Note: Communities will only appear in the search box if the Community owner has set up the Community to allow others within Lafayette to see the Community and ask to join.

Join by Link

If someone has shared a Community link with you, open the link in a web browser and click the [Accept] button to join.

Click the Accept button to join the Community

Join by Invitation

If you are invited to join another person’s Community, you will receive an invitation in the “Notifications” section of the side bar menu.

Community invites will appear in the Notifications tab

You may have to select “Other Updates” on the Notifications page to see invites.

Select "Other Updates" to see Community invitations

 

Adjust your Privacy Settings

Select “Settings” from the side bar menu to choose your privacy settings for notifications, posts, photos, and more.

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