A Brief Introduction to Lightbulb

Lightbulb is our custom built in house sharing tool. It’s somewhere to post bright ideas, thoughts, interesting links and useful snippets of information. Basically somewhere to give important things a special place to live and be remembered, rather than forgotten and lost amongst a million other emails.

So what is Lightbulb, exactly?

Well, it's somewhere to post bright ideas, thoughts, interesting links and useful snippets of information. Basically somewhere to give important things a special place to live and be remembered, rather than forgotten.

In less sparkly terms, it's a message board where you can put things you want to share and comment on things other people have shared.

How does it work?

You log into Lightbulb using your standard office login, same as the Equator HR app. A Lightbulb account has already been set up for you, so you are good to go straight away. In this first beta release, the functions are simple but will hopefully be useful to you.

You can:

1. Add new ideas to Lightbulb

Clicking the "Add" button at the top of the page will take you to the "Add" form. You'll need a Post Title (think subject line), but if what you want to say is encapsulated in just that, then post away.

But you might want to add some more detail, so add that in the text box below. As far as text editors go, it's about as simple as it gets, but put in line breaks or paragraph spaces (doesn't matter which) and the text will be formatted in paragraphs.

If you want to include a link in your post, add a url (including the http:// bit, at least for now) and it'll be added to your post.

Finally, to give your post more findability, you might want to add a couple of tags. Choose anything you want, but you'll see that previously added tags will be available through a bit of autocomplete shenanigans and Lightbulb should be able to spot any duplicates.

Now, a word about undoing things. There is no "undo". So check your spelling, check your links, check your tags. Editing functionality is something we're looking at for a future release, but for now take a breath before pushing the button. Or as Duncan says:

"Check yourself before you wreck yourself"

2. Mark posts you like as favourites

If you spot something you like, click the star on the right-hand side. It'll now be added to your personal list of gold-star favourites. Click the "Favourites" button to see this list. Clicking the gold star will banish the post from your list again if you make an impulsive decision you later come to regret.

3. Focus on what your team is saying

The whole point of Lightbulb is to make it easier for everyone in the office to share things they've found. But it is often good to focus on what the discussion in your area of expertise is, so click on "My Team" to see what your team are posting.

4. View a person or a tag

Clicking on a person's name or a tag will let you see everything that person has posted, and clicking a tag will show all posts it is attached too. Simple.

Early days

Lightbulb is currently very much a work-in-progress. It's still a bit wobbly on its feet, so if you spot anything you think is amiss, let us know. If the user interface isn't quite working for you, let us know. If you think something is missing or have an idea about a feature you'd like to see, definitely let us know.

We want to make something useful for everyone in the office to use, but we also want explore how we should go about doing that, so user feedback is essential.