A great tutorial on how to get started on @ello - shared from @maryelizabethkinch ::
So you have an account ... now what. Here is a quick tutorial on how things work so you will be at the party in no time. This app is really intuitive, but when it is feeling all so new, some basic stuff can go a long, long way in helping us all feel at home here.
A note. Ello is still in beta format. You will sometimes get the little smiling Ello icon spinning from time to time as it loads or switches pages. This is an elegant app and I can see as I use it that so much effort has gone into creating it. I don't think it will be beta for long, but we need to be patient here. The developer has apparently committed to keeping the feed chronological and no ads, so our patience is our payment to them for a great app.
How do I find my tribe? There are a couple of ways of doing that. If you find one person you know, you can see who they are following and who is following them, and take it from there. You can also use the search function (the magnifying glass) and type in the word quilt or #elloquilters or type in the name of a friend to see if they have signed up yet. I haven't found a way to take a look at peoples pages other than tapping and going in and then backing out. It takes time to build a community. If someone finds a work around, let us know in the comments. Of particular note, I have found that there is a tiny mini scroll movement, on my phone particularly but also on my computer, that is really helpful in having things like headers and footers appear. To go back pages on your phone, this tiniest of movements brings the top of the screen down a bit to reveal the back arrow in the upper left corner. An additional gesture, but gives maximum screen space to us artists. On the computer, you know where to find that arrow!
2. How do I navigate? There are two different locations for the main "toolbar" depending if it is your phone or computer. If that toolbar disappears, take your thumb and do that mini scroll. Same think with the mouse/trackpad on your computer.
On your phone, you will find the "toolbar" icons along the bottom:
The dazzling star icon on the far left is the Ello main page and discover feed. You can view the feeds two ways by choosing between the stacked images icon (the cubes) or the single image icon (the stacks) at the top of the page. Love that you have three ways to decide what to explore: featured, trending or recent.
The lightening bolt icon is your notification centre. Lots of options of how to view them at the top of this page. Going across: everything, comments, mentions, likes, reposts and who is now following you. A red dot means there are new posts to see.
The centre circle is your "home button". That takes you to YOUR feed. A red dot means there are new posts to see.
Person icon takes you to your profile page.
Word bubble icon is how you comment.
On your computer it is all at the top.
The Ello icon = dazzling star icon and takes you to the main Ello discover feeds page.
The pen in bubble icon is how you post.
The discover icon seems to be the same as the Ello icon, but after less than 24 hours I am still discovering myself. Sorry not more help on this one right now.
Following and star icon - I am putting these together because I love this function. It means you can have two streams. When you Star someone their posts appear in your Starred stream. Star people you love, or use Stars to sort people that occasionally post stuff you don't want to see (but who you want to follow anyway). Your choice of how you use it, but soooo great to have a choice. Thanks Ello! Have wanted this on function on IG for a while
Lightning icon This is your notification centre.
Search icon. I know you've got this one!
Your "cute mug" icon - the link to your profile page! Also the link to get to your feed, by clicking your photo and then going to your name in the dropdown box. It is also the gateway to see what you have loved, settings, logging out. And there is a link to communities. Haven't explored that one yet.
I want to post, how do I do that? On your computer there is a black banner at the top of the screen on the left side where you can " say ello" and comment. Just start typing in there. If you want to add photos, click on the two little grey boxes on the bottom right just under where you are typing. the "x" to the right of that would cancel your post. The arrow pointing to the right is like your return key and posts your message. On your phone, the bottom row of icons are key here. The lower right that looks like a message bubble is where you can "say ello" and comment. The "x" does the same thing to cancel your message. The camera icon is for uploading ... you get it. The up and down icon between the "x" and camera icons, is for deleting I think, but I am still working on figuring that one out. Once you have finished writing your comment, then tap the long black the comment bar on the bottom right above your keyboard. You can type, cut and past, drag and drop, add photos, mention people with the @ symbol, hashtag, embed videos and embed links. Yup, I said links.
I posted and it has a typo and I want to fix it. How do I edit? On your computer you with the message on your screen, you go to the right end of the icons just underneath the comment box and two other icons will pop up. One is the editing (pencil) icon. Click that. On the phone, this one took me a bit longer to figure out. It is all about where you tap the screen I have found. You have to be on the post you want to edit. To do that I tapped on the post between my @name and the time of the post, in that blank white space. It took me to another page and at the top of the screen you will see the edit pencil icon. Tap that, edit and once you are done tap the black edit post bar at the bottom.
I really like a photo in my feed. Wish I could get a closer look. You can! Tap the photo you like. It will now show up on your screen surrounded by black. You know the drill from here. Use the pinch and spread motion we all know to get a really good look at those stitches (no judging right!)
I think My sister would like a post I am looking at but she is not on Ello. You can send it to her oh so easily. Under the post image is the upload icon (box with upward pointing arrow coming out of it). Tap that and choose mail, message or ... I tested with an email and it was brilliant.
How do I repost something I like. Under the image/post is towards the right hand side are two reversing arrows. Tap that and a screen will pop up asking if you want to repost. Not sure I like this feature being "so accessible". I woke up this morning to find a whole bunch of things in my feed that I had already seen but were being reposted. Kinda felt like it was taking the chronological part out of it and feeling a bit like Facebook having old stuff come up again. And one of the things I loved about the boycott was seeing how creativity spilled out in art as the message got passed along that reposting might just make us not consider doing because it is so easy to tap/click. Just saying.
What about private messaging? They say it is coming soon.
Keyboard tip. As I have been writing this I have stumbled onto the fact that on my computer when I highlight the text I want to put in bold or italic, the toolbar does not always pop up. If I highlight and hit my command key the tool bar with the bold, italics and link functions does pop up. May just be me and my computer. On my phone the functionality toolbar pops up once I have highlighted something.
I am so far down in the feed and I want to go back to the top, but all that scrolling! Easy peasy! On your phone, do that little thumb motion mid screen that I talked about above, so that the time on your phone becomes visible. Tap on the time (ya, the time) and it will scroll right back to the top (works in all other apps too!). On your computer if you do a sort of mini scroll up and down, you will see three small icons pop up in the bottom right hand corner. The first one is an upside down "v" and clicking on that takes you back to the top.
Two ways to view your feed. You can view it in single image rolling feed or multiple images (more like pinterest). On your computer, doing that mini scroll will reveal two icons in the bottom right corner. They speak for themselves. On your phone, if you tap and choose one style in the Ello icon mode it doesn't translate over into your feed. On your home feed page (centre button), look at the top and you will see the choices there again. Pretty cool feature.
Profile pictures and header picture. I had an issue with my header photo at first, but once I change it to their recommended size of 2560 x 1440, all was good. You don't have to remember that or right it down, it will pop up as on overlay message in the header area when you are setting up that part. Your profile or avatar photo recommended size is 1024 x 1024. You can do this when exporting your photo file on your computer or in an app like Canva.
What just happened, I clicked outside the box I was writing the post in and the comment box disappeared? Don't panic. I did it myself, scrolling enthusiastically to get to the bottom of this post when I was editing, I scrolled right into my profile and poof the post was gone. Go to the the "say hello" box and click it. It should be there. Same on the phone. If you are composing and go to see a message that comes in, if you go back to the post button it should be there. That was a frustrating part of IG ... If you wanted to check something (like a hashtag) you had to back all the way and then back in.
Where are my photo filters? On IG.
What? I can put multiple pictures in one post! Yes you can. Love that this gives a more blog feel to posting.
Comments are chronological? Yup! No more scrolling to the bottom to see the latest comment. This seems so obvious! Thanks Ello.
Oh and one final thing ... you can post a ridiculously long post like this one, which means that four part novel you have been thinking of self publishing ... the one that includes pictures and video links so the reader can really get a sense of the scenery and mood ... well it now has a platform!
So this is some of what I have learned in this first whirlwind 12 hours. By no means exhaustive, but it is the basics that got me started. Maybe you will find some of it helpful too.
Welcome and let's get this party started!
Edit note: Clearly I am having some formatting issues. It looks fine in the box when I compose but falls apart in the numbering and alignment when posted. Hmmm.