Streams have a new home, actions, and notifications. Sort feed global search results by
relevance. The Chatter publisher has improved security, speed, and rich-text options for
comments and answers.
There Are Lots of Shiny New Features for Streams
Streams have a new home page, new actions and filters, and a higher limit. Create up to 100 streams. Your Chatter home lists the five you most recently viewed. Set the frequency of notifications for Stream activity when you create a stream or from the stream itself. These changes are available in Lightning Experience.
Use a Record’s Follow Action to Add It to a Stream
When you create a stream, the Follow button that appears on profile and record detail pages changes. A plus sign is added to it. It indicates that you can use the Follow button not only to follow, but also to add that person or record to a stream. You can also add them to a stream that you create on the spot. Groups get a new Follow in Stream action for adding the group feed to an existing stream. This feature is available in Lightning Experience.
Get a Richer Experience with the New Editor in Chatter
We updated the editor in the Chatter publisher for faster performance and compatibility with Locker Service. But they’re not the only benefits. We improved mentions. When you start to mention someone, the selection list opens right where your cursor is instead of at the bottom of the publisher. And topics gets the same treatment (Yes! Topics in Lightning Experience!). These changes are available in Lightning Experience and Lightning communities.
Sort Feed Global Search Results by Relevance
Chatter results have a new sorting option when you do a global search: Top Posts. Top posts are the most relevant posts based on your search query. This feature is available in Lightning Experience.
Company Highlights Is the Default Feed for New Users
The default feed on the Chatter home page is shown when a user navigates to the page, returns to it, or refreshes the Chatter home. Up to now, the default for everyone was the What I Follow feed. From now on, if someone is following fewer than 10 things, the Company Highlights feed becomes their default. New users now have a chance to see what’s most active in their org and to get ideas about more things to follow. When a user follows more than 10 things, the default feed changes to What I Follow. This feature is available in Lightning Experience.
Filter Groups to Show Unread Posts
Groups have a new feed filter, Unread Posts, to get you to unread content quickly. To see this filter, you must be a member of the group. What’s considered read? Posts you’ve liked, commented on, edited, scrolled through, or viewed in detail. This feature is available in Lightning Experience and Lightning communities.
Filter a Profile to See a User’s Posts
When you visit someone’s profile, you can filter their profile feed to show just the posts that they added. You can filter your own profile, too. Select the Posts by This User filter to show only posts from the user whose profile you’re visiting, including when you visit your own. It’s a quick way to get to the information you’re most interested in. This feature is available in Lightning Experience.
The What I Follow Feed Gets Some New Filters
We added a little volume control to your What I Follow Feed. Use the All Updates and Fewer Updates filters to include or omit Feed Tracked Changes in your feed. This feature is available in Lightning Experience
Is Your Post Reaching the Right People?
Posts in private and unlisted Chatter groups have a seen-by count that shows the number of people who have seen a post. Click the count to see the names of the people. This feature is available in Lightning Experience.
Share a Post with a Group in Lightning Experience
In Lightning Experience, besides sharing a Chatter post with your followers, you can also share it with a group. Click the Share link next to Like and Comment to see the new Share with Group option. Select Share with Group, and search in the share dialog for the group you’re interested in. This feature is available in Lightning Experience and Lightning communities.
Create a Report on the Top 100 Feed Item Views
Here’s another opportunity to get great insight into current trends in your company. A new primary object, Interaction Count Reports, is available for creating custom reports on the top 100 feed item views in your organization or community. This feature is available in Lightning Experience and Lightning communities.
Encryption for Chatter Gets Updates (Pilot)
The encryption for Chatter pilot continues to protect sensitive information in your Chatter feed. We added link URLs and poll choices to the body of encrypted content. Encryption for Chatter isn’t ready for production, but you can safely try it out in a dedicated sandbox environment. This feature is available in Lightning Experience, Lightning communities, Salesforce Classic, and all versions of the Salesforce1 mobile app.