This is a follow up to my desktop guide to the new Hilltop Cloud community group of Might Networks.
The desktop guide can be found here-
As interfaces go it's pretty straightforward, and I'll emphasise again, there's no "wrong" way to do this. Just hit some buttons, see what they do, there's nothing disastrous that you can manage to delete or change!
If you have a question about spinning or other textile crafts, or even life, the universe and everything then just ask it, if there's a better fit in a certain part of the group then I might send you in that direction, but my host powers are pretty mighty over there, so I can do lots to help move things around.
If you like using apps for things, then the app for this space is really good to use, and unusually for me I would recommend it. I'm not normally an app fan, but this one works.
This is the Apple Store link- id1081683081
And the Google Store link- details
Once you've got the app downloaded you'll be end up on this screen, and then you need to click on Find a Might Network, type in Hilltop Cloud and it should pop up in the list. Add your name, and you also need to provide your email address, keep going through the process and you'll end up on a screen to request access.
The space is set up to be private, ie. I have to manually approve members, but in essence you should treat it like any other internet space. Only share things that you are happy for anyone (including employers and family members) to read. It uses Firstname Lastname as your user ID, but if you prefer to use a pseudonym for privacy reasons I am absolutely fine with that.
You can add an image as your avatar, but don't worry if you can't do it straight away, you can edit it in your profile later, or you can just leave it blank. Once you've added your email address (this is private and only hosts can access it), you'll then be asked why you want to join, don't over think this part, just saying "I'm a spinner" is absolutely fine!
Once you're done click the green button at the top of the screen, and then you'll need to wait for me (or Kate who has moderated the Ravelry group for years) to approve you.
Once that's done (we're both in the UK so sometimes this might take a few hours), you'll get an email to confirm your membership.
When you click on the link in that email (if you don't get it after 24 hours check your spam/junk folder) you'll be greeted with this screen.
The 2 buttons at the top of the screen are the ones you can use to post, if you have something you want to chat about then go ahead and start talking! You can do this as a short post, or if you want to add more formatting, or more than one picture then use the option to Create Article. Click on the camera icon above your keyboard to add a picture.
The home screen on the left is the one you'll see whenever you log on. Scroll down to see posts that have had the most recent activity.
To access the navigation menu click on the 3 lines in the top left corner.
Discovery is a way to navigate around all the different sections of the group, you can scroll around to access topics, and other sections. To get back to the menu click on the white arrow at the top left.
One of the thing you will probably want to alter is the notifications you get of new activity.
Click on Personal Settings, then Notifications, and use that menu to set up what mobile and email alerts you want to receive. This is the same menu you can also use to get your profile set up.
Topics are a way of organising information, and discussion threads, so you can choose which ones you want to Follow, and that way posts from those threads will be prioritised in your feed. If there's a topic you're really not interested in then clicking on the 3 white dots gives you the option to ignore.
To read on the posts in a topic just click on the background picture, and you'll be able to read everything posted in that topic. If you want to reply to something that's already posted just click on the icon that looks like a speech bubble at the bottom of a post.
Below Topics in the menu system is something called Spaces. This is where I'll put posts that I don't want to be viewable unless you choose to access them. There's no option to do Spoilers, so for things like the Time Travellers Club I want to set it up so you have to go looking for information, not stumble upon it!
If you're an international customer who has to wait a while for your parcels you may want to leave and join this space in order to access it once your parcel has arrived.
Once inside the layout is the same as in the rest of the group.... again, access at your own risk, there will be spoilers here, you choose when you want to look, but if you do look you will possibly see discussion and photos of fibre that might not have arrived yet.
At the bottom of the screen is a row of icons, the small Hilltop Cloud logo will always take you back to the main home screen, the speech bubbles take you to the chat part of the group.
You can use this for large group chats, or you can pick to have a private conversation with any other group member. The chat section is private, and a way to have a one-to-one conversation with other members. You can see a full member list by clicking the + icon in the top right. (I've blanked out the details below as I don't have permission to share names and photos here)
The plus button is another way to make a post, or write an article. Click on that and you ned up on the same screen above. The bell takes you to your notifications, so that's the quick way to access any replies, or other content that will be specific to you. The circle on the right takes you to your profile.
The Hilltop Cloud Ravelry group will be retired, and any future community spin-alongs, prize threads and other group activities will be hosted in our new Mighty Network. This space has far more flexibility than the Ravelry group, and makes it much easier to pick out the parts that you are interested in. One of the options that it gives me is the ability to do some online teaching, and I will be investigating that more in coming months. The version I'm using isn't free to use, so teaching min-workshops and courses may well be one of the ways that I recoup this expense, and it will allow me to teach people who I'd never be able to go and teach in person.