YouNow For N00bs
“YouNow for N00bs” is a brief tutorial for new YouNow users. It will take you through the various exciting parts of the site, and when you’re done, you will be more than ready to get started on YouNow.
LOGIN, GO LIVE, & YOUR INFO
In the upper right hand corner you are met with the Go Live and Log in & Earn Points buttons. Let’s start with the Login button first.
We require users who wish to participate in YouNow’s social aspects to log in via Facebook. Once logged in you will be able to vote, chat, broadcast, earn coins, gain fans and recruits.
Once logged in, the login button disappears and your account bar appears. Here you can view your coins and see what level you are.
Clicking will bring up the following menus:
Invite Friends & Earn Coins:
Get all of your friends to join the YouNow movement by sending them invites. More info here.
You will find all of your past broadcasts and a basic view of all of you YouNow information, including fans, earnings and recent activities. This is your public profile page - share it with the world!
You will find a more detailed and data-driven view of your YouNow stats. Here you are able to send messages to all your fans, and also see fans, twitter followers and facebook friend requests gained per day. Additionally, you can make your broadcasts Public or Private from this page. This page is private, and can only be seen by you.
This is where you edit and update your personal information, control your notification preferences, and promote your other online social media outlets (i.e. Twitter, YouTube, blog, etc.) by providing links in your public profile. These are displayed in your YouNow profile throughout the site. You can link your Twitter to YouNow so you can get the word out to your followers when you go live.
The tutorial is a simple walkthrough of YouNow’s basic features: channel discovery, voting system, chatting, and the queue.
IMPORTANT - Be sure to fill out your mailing address, gender and t-shirt size. This will ensure we can send you any prizes you might win to the correct address.
How to Gain Coins
Coins & Levels are earned by:
- Active participation on the site - the more time you spend watching, voting and chatting the more Coins you earn.
- Daily logins to YouNow.com.
- AND FOR THE MOST COINS: Promoting YouNow by inviting friends to come and login to YouNow. Use the sharing features and earn Coins for each person that came to the site from your Facebook post, Twitter Tweet, Email, Tumblr link, etc.
Want to broadcast live the world?
Then click the Go Live button.
From here, there are two steps before going live.
Step 1: Camera and Mic Setup
Here you will do a short camera, microphone, and connection speed test to ensure that your setup will represent you in the best way possible to your audience on YouNow.
Step 2: Choose Channel and Title
It’s almost time to shine! in Step 2 you will select a channel to broadcast in, name your broadcast, and decide if you’d like to share your broadcast via Facebook and Twitter. Click Submit Broadcast when you’re ready to go!
After submitting your broadcast, you will wait in the queue of the channel you selected in Step 2. If for some reason you change your mind, and want to leave the queue, you can click DROP OUT to exit the queue.
When it’s your turn to go live, we give you a 10 second countdown… it’s almost time!
And you’re live!
This is where you will see the current broadcast. Above and below the window is information that is linked to the broadcast and the broadcaster. Above the broadcast on the left is the broadcast status. This will toggle between Live and Rerun depending on whether or not the broadcast is live.Next to the broadcast status is the broadcaster’s level, which is depicted by a star and number. In the center is the broadcaster’s name and location. The far right is the current length of the broadcast.
Below the broadcast window is the voting panel. This panel is one of the most important features on YouNow, as it decides whether a broadcaster stays live. On the far left is the green thumbs up, which is used if you want to keep the broadcaster on for another minute. The far right however, is the red thumbs down, which is used if you do not want to keep the broadcaster on for another minute. In-between the green and red thumbs is the vote bar. This will show the amount of votes every minute. If the amount of likes exceeds dislikes, you will be given another minute, and if not then the current broadcast will be voted off.
Below the broadcast window you can see social icons, which allow broadcasters to increase their social equity. Viewers can become a fan of the broadcaster, follow them on Twitter, friend or subscribe to them on Facebook, subscribe to their YouTube channel, view their YouNow profile, and share the current broadcast!
Hovering over the broadcast window will bring up the promote buttons, which allow users to share the current broadcast via Facebook or Twitter. Coins are awarded for every broadcast promoted. More info here.
When a broadcast ends the broadcast summary appears. The summary will show the broadcaster’s achievements, including: broadcast time, number of Twitter followers gained, number of Facebook friend requests, fans gained, new sign ups and gifts given.
CHAT BOX, GIFTS, STATUS & THE FEED
The Chat Box allows viewers to interact with live broadcasters and other viewers, enhancing the both the viewing and broadcasting experiences. Below the chat box is the gifts panel.
Gifts (which include roses, kisses, coins, bling and more!) are interactive goodies that do cool things on YouNow.
The Feed notifies you of exciting activity on YouNow: both for you, and for users you are a fan of. More info here.
Starting from the top, the Status tab tracks level progress and will show unlockables/bonuses earned when next level is reached.
You can also view and track your social reach as well. Here you can monitor the progress of your Facebook friend requests, YouNow fans, Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers.
Remember to connect your YouTube and Twitter accounts. This will earn you 1 level up each.
Starting from the left, the queue shows the two previous broadcasts, the current live broadcast and the next six broadcasts that are next to go live. The thumbnails will rotate if hovered over and show the upcoming broadcast titles. Clicking on a user’s thumbnail will bring up his or her Facebook information on the panel.
This panel is a valuable source of information on YouNow, and will switch every so often to also show who is currently logged in and watching in the channel. Clicking the Show My Friends box will filter your Facebook friends and YouNow Fans.
The panel will also show the current months Reward Program. That’s right… broadcasting on YouNow gives you a chance to win cool rewards. So don’t be shy…GO LIVE!
Broadcast along side your best friend, a new friend, or maybe even your favorite YouTuber! More info here.
Simply browse and find exciting broadcasts using the using Channel Discovery. More info here.
At the very bottom of the site is the footer. This is were you can quickly preview/watch our most recent Tumblr post and YouTube video.
The leaderboard displays the 9 broadcasters who have gained the most fans each week.
Now that you’re finished reading, you are armed with all the information you will need to take full advantage of what YouNow.com has to offer.
Remember… Keep calm, go live and RECRUIT!