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The 'network' feature provides notifications on the activity of users that you choose to follow. This compares with Confluence's other content tracking features, which provide notifications on specified types of content updates, made by any user.
The types of activities tracked by the network feature include:

On this page:

Related pages:

Accessing Your Network View

To see your network view:

  • Choose your profile picture at top right of the screen, then choose Network.
    (Alternatively, choose More in the 'Network' section of your profile sidebar.)

You can access another user's Network view using the Hover Profile.

Screenshot: Example of the Network view


Following Another User

You can follow another user by using either the Hover Profile or your Network view.

To follow a user with the Hover Profile:

  1. Open the user's hover profile popup:
    • Log in to Confluence, if you have not already done so.
      Note: If a Confluence Administrator has granted the 'View User Profiles' permission to anonymous users, you can access people's hover profile popups without logging in. However, the hover profile features available to anonymous users are restricted.
    • Move your mouse pointer over a user's linked name or profile picture. The hover profile popup will appear.
  2. Choose Follow.

To follow a user from your Network view:

  1. Choose your profile picture at top right of the screen, then choose Network.
    (Alternatively, choose More in the 'Network' section of your profile sidebar.)
  2. Enter the first few characters of the name (or username) of the user you wish to follow in the Following field and choose the user from the list of suggestions.
  3. Choose Follow.

If you now refresh or revisit your Network view, the profile picture(s) of the user(s) you just followed will appear within the 'Following' list on the right. Additionally, their tracked activities will start appearing in the 'Recent Activity' list on this page.

Stop Following a User

To stop following a user by using the Hover Profile:

  1. Open the user's hover profile popup:
    • Log in to Confluence, if you have not already done so.
      Note: If a Confluence Administrator has granted the 'View User Profiles' permission to anonymous users, you can access people's hover profile popups without logging in. However, the hover profile features available to anonymous users are restricted.
    • Move your mouse pointer over a user's linked name or profile picture. The hover profile popup will appear.
  2. Choose Stop Following.

You can also stop following a user by going to their Profile view.

If you now refresh or revisit your Network view, the profile picture(s) of the user(s) you just stopped following are removed from the 'Following' list on the right. Additionally, their tracked activities will stop appearing in the 'Recent Activity' list on this page.

Notes

Once you are following a user, you can see their activity in a number of ways:

  • Your Network view: your Network view shows all the tracked activities that you have permission to view for all the users that you are following. In the same way, people who follow you will be able to see all your Confluence-based activities on their network views, provided they have permission to view the content. See below for instructions on accessing your network view.
  • RSS feeds: you can subscribe to any Confluence user's network RSS feed and receive summaries on the activities of other users they are following in their network. See Subscribing to a Network RSS Feed.
  • Email notifications: you can request email notifications of any activity in your network. See Subscribing to Email Notifications of Updates to Confluence Content.

Note that it is not possible to stop another user from following you. If you are interested in the ability to block followers, please watch CONF-16285 for updates on the feature request.

2 Comments

  1. Hi All,

    I have an administrator user in both Confluence Internal Directory and Remote JIRA Directory. When I want to see Network page, I get an error:

    Cause:

    java.lang.NullPointerException
        at com.atlassian.confluence.follow.DefaultFollowManager$1.apply(DefaultFollowManager.java:75)

    But other users in Remote JIRA Directory do not have any problems with Network Page. So here is my question: Why do I get this error and Is there any solution?

    Thanks.

  2. I've just installed Confluence, and the first problem i bumped into, i don't see how to allow my clients to communicate ONLY with their teams, instead of downloading my whole client and developer profiles.

    Is there any way to:

    1) hide emails (like in Jira);

    2) add people to projects so that they can communicate only within a project but not with the rest of the world.