Getting started

Part 7 - Finishing up


We have now covered most of the main features on diaspora*. The last part of this tutorial series covers the last few bits and pieces you’ll need to know about.

Connecting your account to other services

You can connect your diaspora* account to several other services: Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Of course, to connect your diaspora* account to one of these services, you’ll have to have an account on that service!

Before starting this, make sure you have your account information for that service to hand, because you may need to authorise your connection with that other service in order for it to work.

To connect to another service, click the icon for that service under Connect Services in the right-hand column of the stream. If you’re already logged in to your account on that service in the same browser, it should recognise you automatically. If you’re not currently logged in to that service, it’ll ask you to log in now. Once you’re logged in, it will ask for authorisation to publish to your account in that service. Accept this, and you’re ready to post from your diaspora* account to that service!

When you next click in the publisher, you’ll see the icon for that service under the publisher. Click this icon to activate it, and your post will also appear in your account on that service. Pretty nifty, eh? See Part 5 for more information on posting to connected services.

Account management

The final thing we need to look at to get you started is the user settings page. To reach it, click on your picture or name in the header bar and, from the drop-down menu, choose Settings. Here you will find an overview of account options.

At the top of the account settings page are four links: Profile, Account, Privacy and Services.


On this page you can change, add to or delete any of your profile information. Go back to the end of Part 1 if you want a reminder of how to edit it. Don’t forget to press the Update button at the bottom once you’re finished!


Here you can change your email address and password, set your language, pick your email notification preferences and download your data or close your account. Our aim is that you’ll be able to use the downloaded data to migrate your account to another pod, although this is not yet possible. You might wish to download your data periodically as a back-up, however.

diaspora* has a self-governing community standard called NSFW (not safe for work). If you’re likely to post much material which may not be suitable for everyone to view at their office desk (perhaps with their boss standing behind them), please consider checking the NSFW box. This will hide your posts from people’s streams behind a notice that the post is marked as NSFW. They can then click this to view your post if they wish.

By leaving this box unchecked, you are committing yourself not to post any material which could potentially cause offence or get someone into trouble for viewing it at work. If, on the other hand, you might want to post such material only occasionally, you could leave this box unchecked and add the #nsfw tag to those individual posts, which will hide them from other people’s streams.

If you want, you can set your account to automatically start sharing with anyone who starts sharing with you, so that you’ll be mutual contacts.


This is a list of users you are ignoring. You can remove them from this list if you want to start seeing posts from them again. (See Part 5 for more on ignoring people.)


The Services page shows your connected services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) and allows you to connect new services to your account.


There are still some things that have not been told in this "Getting started" series. To learn even more about diaspora*, check out our other tutorials.

Thanks a lot for reading this getting started guide! We hope it has been useful to you and that you now feel comfortable using diaspora* as your new online home. If you have any questions, feel free to make a public post on diaspora* including the #help and #question tags so that other community members can try to help you. There’s a wonderful, generous community out there!


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