How do I use the Oracle Social Network user interface?

When you open Oracle Social Network, you see the Overview page, which shows the most recent messages in the Conversations and walls you are a member of.

The Overview page, like most of the pages that include a list of items, provides easy access to several features:

  • Filter options—The Show menu enables you to filter the items in the list view.

    • Yours—Shows items you are a member of.

    • Available—Shows public items that are available for you to join.

    • Favorites—Shows items you've marked as favorites.

    • Muted—Shows items you've muted. Muting an item hides it in list views and stops messages about it from appearing in your email digest and within Oracle Social Network. It's still there; you just won't hear about it anymore. However, you will still be notified if someone assigns a flag to you in a muted item.

    • Open/Closed—Shows items that are open/closed. A closed item prevents people from adding new messages to the item and removes the item from list views and email digests.

  • Sort options—The Sort By menu enables you to sort the items in the list view.

  • Favorite—Click the star icon (Add to Favorite icon) to add the item as a favorite. See How do I mark a wall, Conversation, or message as a favorite?

  • Flags—The flag icon (Flag icon) shows you if the item has been marked for someone's information or response, and enables you to add a flag for yourself or someone else. See How do I assign flags to others?

  • Unread message count—The number in the blue box (Unread messages count) shows the number of unread messages in the Conversation or wall. Click the unread message count to mark all messages in the Conversation or wall as read.

Tip: By default all the items in the list are expanded to show each item's most recent messages. You can collapse an item (to show only the names of the items) by clicking Collapse Item button next to the item. To collapse all the items, click Collapse All icon.

You can access other pages, such as your wall, Flags, Favorites, and such, from the menu on the left.

The right side of Oracle Social Network includes the following sections:

  • Recent Activity—Displays the most recent messages from the Conversations and walls you're a member of.

  • Trending—Displays the Conversations, collections, hashtags, Social Objects, and walls with the most people in them at the moment.

  • Contacts—Displays your list of contacts and their presence. Click a contact to quickly open a one-on-one Conversation or view the person's profile.

Note: If you don't see the sections on the right, your browser window is not wide enough. Expand your browser window to see it.

When viewing the full-view of Oracle Social Network, you also see a banner with quick access to your flags and a user menu from which you can access the following areas:

  • Administration—Available to users with administrative privileges. Use Administration to manage general settings (such as branding and global settings), users, collaboration (such as enabling external users), apps, features (JavaScript libraries), Social Definitions, and federated authentication. See Administering Oracle Social Network.

  • Settings—Configure your settings for things such as notifications, language, time zone, who can post on your wall, web conference account information, and cloud document storage account information. See Settings and Accessibility.

  • Downloads—Download other Oracle Social Network clients: iPhone/iPad app, Android app, Oracle Social Network Desktop, or the Add-In for Outlook. For more information, see Using Oracle Social Network on Your iPhone, Using Oracle Social Network on Your iPad, Using Oracle Social Network on Your Android Device, Working from Your Desktop, or Using Oracle Social Network with Microsoft Outlook.

  • Analytics—This option is not available to all instances of Oracle Social Network, but if you see it, you can click it to see your personal usage statistics. If you're an administrator, you'll see more global information about the Oracle Social Network instance, as well as individual user information.

  • Community—The Oracle Social Network Community Forum is the place to go to get more information about real-world use cases, tips, and troubleshooting. Share info with your peers, or get advice from the people who helped to design and build Oracle Social Network.

  • Support—Learn how to log a service request with Oracle support.

  • Product News—View the Oracle Social Network Facebook page that includes product news.

  • About—Shows version and copyright information.