If you want to create a liveblog, live chat, or social wall, you'll need to create a stream first. Once a stream has been set up, you'll be able to fill it with content, publish it onto your digital property, and share it with the world.
In this article, we'll review all of your options when configuring your stream.
Dashboard > Any Live Stream > Write > Standard
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Create a New Stream
There are 2 ways to initiate a new stream:
- From your Dashboard, click on the Create New Stream icon.
- Click on Create > New Stream from the left navigation bar.
This will take you to the stream's Basic Setup page:
Below, we will take you through the simple steps to follow when starting a New Stream. Whether you want to jump right in or tweak a few specific details first, this guide will help you setup your Stream exactly the way you want it.
In a rush?
The only required field is the TITLE. Once you've added that, feel free to jump to the WRITE section to prepare your content.
Click on the headings below to learn more about your Basic Setup page and how to adjust your stream's preferences.
Give your stream a Title. This is the only step that is required to create a stream, so if you’re in a hurry, fill in the Title field, and click on the Write icon. (You can always come back later and fill in your stream details from within Content Studio by clicking on Setup > Stream from the drop down Menu at the top of the page.)
In the Description field, enter details about what your stream will be about. Your stream’s description will appear on your microsite (whitelabel), in your email reminder, and in the Scribble Market if your stream is available for syndication.
In the Schedule Time module, set a Stream Start Time for when you stream should start. If your stream starts in the future, use the slider to set your Open Stream time to Now and schedule the Stream Start Time to when your live stream will begin. This will allow you to prepare content, allow your readers to submit questions to your stream prior to your stream’s start time or set up an email reminder notification.
Note: If your Close Stream settings are set to Autoclose, your stream will automatically close after 3 hours of inactivity. Click here for more information about scheduling an open and close time for your stream.
Projects help you manage campaigns, stories and content that relate to a common goal. Use the drop-down menu to add your stream to any project created in your client account.
Click here for more information about Projects.
Click the Category field, to select or enter a category that best describes your stream. You can add several categories to your stream to easily search for your stream in the All Content page of your account.
Change the Language of your stream by clicking on the drop-down menu and selecting a language other than the English default.
Change the Time Zone to the time zone your stream will take place in, by selecting a city closest to you in the drop-down menu. If you are unable to locate a city closest to you, select a city in your time zone. Unsure of your time zone? Click here to visit Wikipedia's Time Zone page.
Note: This is a necessary step as it affects the open and close time of your stream. Click here for more information about setting an open and close time for your stream.
Set the geo-location of your stream by clicking on the map to place a red marker where your stream will take place. Use the navigation tools on the left-corner of the map to accurately move the red marker to your desired location.
- Enabling Commenting allows your audience to post a question or comment.
- Enabling Discussion allows your audience to reply to a published post.
- Enabling Moderation allows you to approve comments and replies before they are published.
Move the slider to adjust commenting, discussion, and moderation settings, as well as the following preferences:
- Allow Commenters to upload images, videos, and pdfs to your stream
- Send images to a Collection of your choice
- Display the commenting box as an open field or a speech bubble
- Choose how many indented discussion posts appear before the 'Load More' notice
Adjust your Language Filter settings to filter inappropriate language from your stream. Or filter specific words from your stream by adjusting your custom language filter. Click here to learn more about filtering inappropriate language from your stream.
Use the slider to turn Likes on or off to allow readers to 'like' posts in your stream. Readers can click on the heart icon beneath posts to add a 'like' to a social post when Likes are enabled.
Oldest To Newest On Close
Use the slider to adjust the order posts appear in when a stream has closed. By default, when a stream has closed, posts will appear in chronological order, from oldest to newest.
- If ON: A notification sound plays each time a new post is published to a stream
- If OFF: Sound is muted (notification does not play unless an individual viewer turns on the sound from the front-end of the stream)
Note: a front-end user can manually turn notification sound on or off for an individual stream
Anonymous Logins Only
Adjust the slider to enable or disable users from logging in anonymously when making a comment or discussion post in your stream. With the slider set to On, Anonymous Login will be the only option. With the slider set to OFF, front-end users will be able to choose between Anonymous login and signing in with a social network.
Private Polling (Exclusive to Enterprise Edition)
Adjust the Private Polling slider to enable or disable your users from viewing poll results after they have voted.
Once you have adjusted your stream's Basic Setup preferences, click on Next Step – Choose A Template to choose how and where your stream will be published.*
*Or if you are an Enterprise client, you will be prompted to create a Content Goal for your stream before choosing a template.