To start an account, simply fill out all the required information on the sign up page https://brighteon.social/auth/sign_up (username, email address, password, etc) and confirm sign up from the email confirmation you will receive.
Go to https://brighteon.social/auth/sign_in and sign in using your username or email address and the password you designated to your account OR sign in via Brighteon if you have an existing account at Brighteon.com. On the sign in page, you can also request to reset your password.
To discover user profiles and content, use the menu in the left column of the site. The different areas include:
This is a stream of posts from the people you follow. There is an option to sort feed by Newest All, Newest (posts only) and Top Posts
This is a stream of posts from ALL users on the platform. There is an option to view ALL posts under Live Stream, Trending and News.
This is a profile directory where you can find and follow users.
This is where you will see all the posts you clicked as favorite.
This is where you will see all posts you bookmarked.
At the top of your timeline, you'll see a box titled "What's on your mind?" In this box, you can say anything you want or paste a URL link to a website or article you find interesting. You can also click on the "New Post" link at the bottom of the left column menu, and a pop-up window will show where you can create a post. There is a 900-character limit, so choose your words wisely, and you can add hashtags and emojis on this area.
To attach a photo, video or audio file, click the "Attachment" icon. This will open a window on your computer where you can browse and select the file you want to attach. Once you choose the desired file, it will be uploaded to Brighteon.social. You can review the post and the attached file before submitting. You can edit, delete and tag the attachment as "sensitive" if you feel it needs to be tagged as such.
To create a poll, click the "Poll" icon. You can now set the choices and the duration of the poll. If you need more than two choices, click the "Add a choice" button to add more.
Adjusting your post's visibility settings allow you to choose who sees the post. Click the "Privacy" icon. A dropdown will display your choices (Public, Unlisted, etc).
If you wish to add a content warning to your post, click the "CW" icon. This will add a content warning text box above the post text where you can enter your warning.
Here are some things you can do with posts on your timeline:
To reply to a post on Brighteon.social, enter your response below any post in the reply box. You can also use emojis or attach images, audio and video files. Please note, replies are also limited to 900 characters.
To repost a post click the "Reposts" icon under the post. Once you've reposted a post, your followers will see it on your account timeline and they can also reply, repost or favorite it.
If you want to save a post as a favorite, click the "Favorite" icon under a post. This will add the post to your list of favorites. This is an easy way to find a post easily at a later time so you don't have to scroll through your timeline to find it again. Soon, people that follow you will be able to see the posts you have added to your favorites and vice versa. If you wish to save something privately, you can bookmark it (under the more options menu).
Click the "More Options" icon under the post to open a menu that contains additional options. From this menu, you can mention (on a new post), direct message, mute, report or block the author of the post. You can also bookmark or copy a link to the post and more.
To send a direct message to a user, go to the "Direct messages" tab on the left wing menu or click the "More Options" icon on a post or on the user's profile page and you will be redirected to the Direct Message page.
Create a message for one or more users that you follow. Click the pencil icon on the Direct messages tab and search for the user or users you want to message.
You can manage the settings on each message in your account. Click on the menu option found on the top right corner of the message box. You can also manage the chat settings if you want to approve, unhide and unmute messages by simply clicking on the chat settings icon on top of all messages.
When other people interact with you or your posts, you will receive a notification depending on the type of the event. You can check notifications on the notification icon found on the top right of the page or on the left wing menu.
On the notifications page, the notifications are sorted by mentions, replies, favorites, reposts, follows and polls. There is also an option to delete and mark as read all or selected notifications.
This is where you can see all the users that you follow and that follow you. From the Follows & Followers page, you can also click the username to get redirected to its profile.
To find people you'd like to follow, click the "Connect" menu to browse user profiles and click follow (or visit https://brighteon.social/web/directory).
You can also visit the profile you'd like to follow, click the "Follow" button on their profile page. You will now see their posts in your timeline (until you unfollow or mute them).
The menu link on the top left side of the page opens a side pocket with additional options to access pages on site. Clicking your avatar on the top right corner of the page also opens a side pocket menu, and from there you can access your main profile, edit profile, settings page and some other links.
You can change how your profile appears to others by navigating to Settings > Profile > Appearance.
Your display name is shown to other users before your address. You can set a display name up to 30 characters by default.
Your bio is a short description of yourself that is displayed as a note on your profile. You can set a bio of up to 500 characters by default.
Your avatar is an icon that is displayed next to your posts and is part of your visual identity. You can upload an avatar as a PNG, GIF or JPG image up to 2MB in size. This image will be down-scaled to 400x400.
Your header is a banner image shown at the top of your profile, as well as in profile cards used in follow lists and account directories. You can upload a header as a PNG, GIF, or JPG image up to 2MB in size. This image will be down-scaled to 1500x500.
When enabled, you can manually control who can follow you by approving follow request. "Follow requests" tab will appear on the left side menu from the homepage when there is a pending request.
Opting in to be listed on the profile directory will make your profile visible through a feature that allows browsing through profiles.
You can send invites to your family and friends at https://brighteon.social/invites. This will generate a special link that you can send to them by email or text message.
You can update your account password and manage the browsers where your account is logged in at Settings > Account > Account Settings.
By navigating to Settings > Account > Two-factor Auth, you can enable the two-factor authentication that can add security on your account.
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