Zurker lets you use tags to make sure you don't suffer information overload, your online activities stay super-organized,
and your privacy is protected. Tags control both incoming and outgoing data.
All of your contacts - friends, family members, colleagues - must be tagged with one or more tags. You do this
when the connect is established. By default, no tags are associated with the member. In the screenshot below, they are all turned off.
Just click on a tag to turn it on. In this case, Orange is a friend we hang out with a lot. So we click on 'friends'.
Orange also happens to be a first cousin. So we also click on 'family' and add that tag.
But Orange is also a resident of our local neighborhood. While your account does come with some default tags (which you can, incidentally, erase),
it doesn't have a tag for 'neighborhood'. So we add a new tag for the neighborhood, by clicking on Add new tag and entering the name of
our 'hood, then click CONTINUE.
Checking under Contacts shows that Orange is, indeed, associated with the correct tags. The member's tags can be edited under
Contacts, or on his/her profile page.
What happens on Zurker is fed to you via the People Stream. On the People Stream you can turn tags on or off, to
determine what information
you see. With the following setting, all tags are on and you get everything - updates, photos, finds, comments and zurks
from every single person in your network.
Sometimes news from everyone is too much to process, or not what you're specifically interested in. Filter members using the
tags - simply uncheck the tags.
If you uncheck 'Brentwood', 'family', and 'terrorists', you only see updates from members associated with
the 'colleagues' or 'friends' tags.
It gets better. When you post an update, you can determine who gets alerted about it. We call this your Broadcast Audience,
and it is controlled by tags. Again, uncheck or check tags to turn them on or off. In the following example, only those
people you've associated with the tags 'Brentwood', 'friends' and 'terrorists' will receive news about your update.
In conclusion, tagging is an easy, quick, and precise way of controlling what you see and what you let others see. Once
you get used to tags, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them.