It’s been an amazing first week and we’re thrilled that our beta testers have already shared nearly a million positions and reasons, and invited thousands of friends to join them in discussing some of the most important issues facing our world. Here are some tips that we hope will improve everyone’s experience on Brigade as the community grows.
Brigade is a social place and it gets better when you invite friends to see how you compare on important issues. We’ll be adding new ways to ask people to join you (including friends who are not in your Contacts) but for now during our invite-only release: iOS users, tap on the ticket icon in the top left corner and select those who you want to invite. Android and web users, you can invite friends by clicking on the “+” button on the home screen and selecting “Invite friends.”
Writing Compelling Content
We know that some topics can get you fired up. That’s why it’s important to create your own positions and leave reasons explaining why you agree or disagree with issues. Positions are short (110-character) statements about which someone can agree or disagree. iOS users: Go to your activity feed, select the pencil icon at the top of your screen and pick an issue category. Android and web users: Click on the menu icon in the top left corner, select your activity feed and and click on the “+” icon in the bottom right. Reasons help you support your argument. They can be longer than positions and can include links. Start typing in the box that says “Why do you agree/disagree?” after you’ve written a position or after you’ve taken an existing position.
Changing Your Opinion
Yes, we know how it goes. You tapped “Agree” or “Disagree” on an opinion but then you had a change of heart — or you were convinced by a reason someone left — and you now want to switch your position. iOS and Android users: Tap the position you want to change and go through to the reasons then “…” in the top right corner. In that same drop-down menu, you can hide your opinion or report a position. Web users: Click into a position then click on the three dots in the top right corner.
Building Your Supporter Base
Think of your supporters as your allies — they’re the people you may align with across a range of issues. You can find more supporters by clicking on the people icon in the top right corner of your activity feed. Select “Supporters” at the top, and then click “Recruit more” at the bottom of the screen to view a list of people you can support. If you want more supporters, toggle over to the “Supporting” tab and click “Support more” at the bottom of the screen. Once you’ve supported more people, you can go back to “Supporters” and ask them to support you. The best way to build your supporter base is to create and share great content.
Controlling Email & Notifications
While some of you like waking up to a dozen notifications from your Brigade supporters, others may prefer a little less buzz. You can set your push notifications and email preferences by logging into your account on Brigade.com on your computer or mobile web browser. Click the menu icon in the top left corner and choose Settings. Soon you’ll be able to adjust notifications within the iOS and Android apps, too.
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