Everyone who creates an account on PressReader is given a channel. Your public channel will include information that you'd like to share about yourself, articles that you've commented on or saved to public collections, people that you follow and who follow you, topics that you're an expert on, and opinions that you support on PressReader. You decide what appears here.
Introducing Your Channel
Let's take a look at a Channel, section by section.
To view your channel, just click on your name. On the website, you'll choose My Channel from the drop down list.
The first section of your Channel will be a summary of who you are. If you've added your photo, then that will appear here, as well as a map if you've added your city or town. The map can be changed to a background image, if you'd like. (The map or background image have a minimum screen size, and will disappear on smaller screens.) You can choose a nickname, and add a phone number, website and email address. You can include links to your social profiles here too. Click on anything that you'd like to change or add, update the contents and click to Save.
Any opinions that you've supported or created on PressReader will appear just below this section. You can add a new opinion right here, or remove opinions by tapping on the check mark. When you share opinions or add them to your comments, you'll earn status as an Opinion Leader on specific topics. These will be added as tags to your profile to show new followers what you care about.
Everyone that you are following, and who follows you are also on your Channel. When you click on See All next to either of these lists, you'll be able to follow any new followers that you've acquired by clicking on the + next to their name. You can unfollow people in the same way. Just click on See All next to either list, and then you can click on the check marks next to the names. When the check mark turns back into a +, that'll mean that you've unfollowed that person.
To the right of these sections, you'll see the most recent article or post in your channel. This is the post or article that has been shared with your followers. These posts will appear in the Home Feed of every one of your followers, and will also be saved here in your channel. You can always edit a post in your Channel, or remove it entirely, at any time.
At the far left of the screen, you'll find a menu for your Channel. Collections appear first, and make it easy for you to collect and organize your favorite stories. These save stories for you to share with your followers (if the collection is public), or to reference later (if the collection is private). Public collections have a small icon at the end of the name to indicate that they can be seen by others. Private collections don't have an icon. Use them to create your own cookbook of favorite recipes, or an inspiration folder of beautiful travel destinations, or tips to improve your golf game.
Managing Your Channel
Your Channel will collect all of the comments that you make on PressReader, but you can also choose to include saved articles from your public collections, bumped articles and bumped comments. Do you want to super charge your social presence and update your Channel followers? Of course — who wouldn't? You can also plug in your blog posts and website updates. Showcase your own work next to the columns of the journalists you love! Let's take a look.
To manage what you share on your channel, just click on your name. On the website, choose Manage Account from the drop down list.
Then, click on Channel to find your profile settings. Many of these are available on the Channel itself, but there are a few features that will only appear on this page. For example, you can set a Nickname here that will appear on the Channel instead of your legal name. You can customize your Channel URL, and add your location to populate the map on your Channel. You can also decide whether to show your linked social profiles on your Channel. If you uncheck the box next to your Facebook account, then it will not appear on your Channel page but you can still login with Facebook and share stories to Facebook. (To fully remove Facebook or any other linked network, click on Account from the top menu and unlink it entirely.) These fields give you full control over the information that you've decided to make public.
Scroll down past this section, and you'll find another set of tools. The Channel Settings give you the power to decide what appears in your Channel. Do you want to include articles or comments that you've bumped? Just make sure both of those boxes are checked.
We'll take a deeper look at the Auto Share, Smart Collections, and RSS Import tools in the sections below.
Take your Collections to the next level by sharing stories instantly on Facebook and Twitter. Set up Auto Share to post stories from your favorite Collections, and invite your friends to jump in. Articles will appear as you mark them in PressReader, together with the comments that you've made.
Do you find marking articles to save in a collection takes too much time? Forget about searching for content that you want to share. Set up a Smart Collection to bring the stories to you!
Smart Collections will mark stories from one of your existing topics to a Collection, as soon as it appears on PressReader. The Collection will be updated, and the stories will appear in your Channel right away. Only those stories that perfectly match your topic parameters will appear. Followers of your Channel will see these articles as they appear in the Home Feed.
Take your Smart Collection one step further and auto share it on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll always be the one with the scoop!
Reach new audiences for your website, and have your posts appear next to syndicated columns from the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Lonely Planet, Forbes, Stuff and many more. It's easy to do. Just add the RSS feed and choose a Collection that will keep a record of your posts. Your posts will appear on PressReader as soon as they do on your own site. Followers of your Channel will see them in their Home Feed right away. You’ll also be able to tie these posts into your social networks with auto sharing.