Tech Tip: Introducing Box Feed

By: Ryan Johnson

Box Feed is now available to all Penn State Faculty and Staff.

Box Feed screen shot for tech tip

This new feature provides an alternate way of viewing your content in the Box Web app.  Feed assesses each document’s relevance based on what you’re working on and who you work most closely with.  Then Feed presents one centralized view from which you can access, share, sort, and comment on all these documents – in effect automatically curating a collection of your most relevant content

You can modify what you see in your feed – AND you can modify what activity of yours is visible in others’ feeds.  For example, you can:

  • Modify sorting to display posts based on the most recent and relevant action taken.
    • If multiple relevant actions are taken on a file, it still appears in the feed only once. However, the frequency of relevant actions does boost a post’s relevance and, as a result, its placement in your feed.  This is similar to the way a Web site’s activity boosts its position in a Google search.
  • Hide a file or folder such that it never appears in your feed.
  • Hide your own activity so that it doesn’t appear in others’ feeds.

Finally, Feed also respects privacy (yours and everyone else’s).  It retains each file’s existing Box permissions, so nobody sees anything they’re not supposed to see.

To learn more about how to use Box feed, check out this article.