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Raftr Support: Creating, Building and Managing Rafts

Raftr Support: Creating, Building and Managing Rafts

It is easy to create a raft, but the real fun comes from building a community. Rafts can be created by anybody on Raftr. We provide tools to customize, build, and manage your community; this is a big responsibility, but it is very rewarding. It is important to keep your raft vibrant and attract broad membership; we delete rafts that do not achieve this to free up their names for others that wish to take on this responsibility. To create a raft, use the + button on the bottom of the screen, which is used for creating all new content…
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Raftr Support: Creating and Managing Events, Chat Messages, and Posts

Raftr Support: Creating and Managing Events, Chat Messages, and Posts

Creating content – to share an event or a more general post, message people, or create a raft – is quick and easy with the + sign on the tab bar. When you post an event, you can also “cross-post” it, which is cool because then it can be seen on multiple rafts, reaching more people; and events, posts, and messages all have other fun options to make them more interesting. To create anything, you’ll start with the + button in the center, base of the screen. This button is used for creating any new content in the app –…
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Raftr Support: Joining and Discovering Rafts

Raftr Support: Joining and Discovering Rafts

Once you find rafts you like, you may join them to become a member. Membership will allow you to participate in its chat, create and comment on posts, and get other members’ posts in your feed. It’s easy to leave if you decide you no longer want to have its posts in your feed or to create content. To leave, go to the information section of the raft (touch the “i” in the upper right corner of its front page) and choose “leave raft”. All the rafts you have joined will appear, for easy access, on your profile. You can…
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Raftr Support: What’s a Raft?

Raftr Support: What’s a Raft?

A raft is a community formed around something you care about. Rafts are places where members can see what events are happening when, find out what others are talking about, connect with people with similar interests, and join in on interesting conversations. There are two types of rafts on Raftr and several different privacy settings for member management and content accessibility. The first type of raft is those that are curated by our team or the colleges we partner with (official) and the second type is those that people in the app create and curate (user-curated). Official rafts are denoted…
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Raftr Support: Creating Your Account

Raftr Support: Creating Your Account

To create an account on Raftr, we use your verified .edu email address (and a password) to keep the experience safe and the discussions as authentic as possible. Raftr’s vision is to be the most student-centric social platform on campuses, where students feel a sense of belonging: welcomed, well informed, and connected. Using your verified, .edu email address works well to ensure authenticity, and avoids the commonplace problem of some people setting up multiple accounts, under different pseudonyms, that may be used for spam or harassment.
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Raftr Support: What Is Raftr?

Raftr Support: What Is Raftr?

With Raftr, you can discover events happening on campus, find student groups that share similar interests, and make sure that you're the first to know when there's free food to be found on campus. If it's happening on campus, it's on Raftr. And if you're on Raftr, you'll be there. Our mascot is a sea otter. We chose the otter because sea otters are very social animals that often eat and rest together while floating in connected groups. A group of otters linked together like this is called a “raft”. Rafts can include hundreds of otters connected with one another…
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Top 10 Free Apps for College Students

Top 10 Free Apps for College Students

StudyBlue College students can save time, money, and paper (go green!) by creating decks of digital flashcards with StudyBlue. The app provides a familiar card flip movement while going through the deck, with added features that can help students track progress, discover which information they are struggling to retain, and the ability to share decks of cards with classmates. Evernote Evernote is the best way for college students to keep their notes organized and up to date. Users can create individual digital notebooks for every course, mark tabs, add photos, set reminders and more. To add the cherry on top,…
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Raftr Support: May 14 Product Updates

Raftr Support: May 14 Product Updates

Android: Updated screens for creating and editing events and posts Some fixes like a crash when opening lists on Explore and notifications opening properly iOS: Added topics for events and posts Some fixes like showing notes for pinned posts on rafts’ Front Pages and chat threads updating when messages are edited Web: Update sidebars on app-level Posts feed Some fixes like adding a popup explaining why you can’t create content in View-Only Mode and ensuring all events can load on app and raft level feeds
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Top Apps to Check Daily, As Told By the Raftr Team

Top Apps to Check Daily, As Told By the Raftr Team

Whether for fun or for functionality, most of use some of the apps on our devices on a daily basis. Some apps help you get work done, while others provide a lovely brain break from that work. Whatever their purpose, we asked members of the Raftr team to share their favorite apps to check daily. Here’s what they said: NYTimes Crossword I like doing the mini crossword, it's a nice quick way to engage my brain doing something different. Pulse Messaging Excellent 3rd party messaging client for Android, has great good widget support and good "Quick Share" functionality for sharing…
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5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Campus Life

5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Campus Life

College students are digital natives that live and breathe technology. According to IBM, over 65% of Generation Z claims to frequently use more than one device at a time. With hectic schedules, demanding classes, part-time jobs, and ever-evolving technology, today’s students are constantly looking for ways to connect with others and manage their lives. Here are five tips for using technology to connect students to your campus life. Introduce them to your campus - before they arrive Every university across the world has a unique campus life and culture, and every potential student is looking for something different from their…
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