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MrOwl, your Community Interest Engine™. Discover, create, collaborate, and share.

MrOwl, your Community Interest Engine™. Discover, create, collaborate, and share.

It’s a surprisingly easy and fun way to organize and search information, all in one convenient place. It truly couldn’t be any simpler.

With MrOwl, you can build and customize topic “branches” about the things you love!

  1. Add in subtopics, links, photos, and more.
  2. Control the experience that you want, your way.
  3. Share your “branches” via social media with friends and family.
  4. Collaborate on topics, together!

Plus, you can search for “branches” on topics you love and grab them to save them for later. The best part is that once you’ve grabbed a “branch” it will be in your “grabbed branches” so you will always have it and be able to see updates.

Each "branch" is searchable. In effect, each branch becomes a mini-customized search engine of the content, where even the documents you've added are searchable. Nowhere else online can you put in documents, spreadsheets and links and search them all together in this way.

MrOwl gets “wiser” as more people use it. The topic “branches” that you create help to shape our MrOwl Community Tree and the links on MrOwl are curated by real people in the MrOwl community – not a computer.

Start today! Share your world. Share you.

In the upper-right hand corner of the MrOwl homepage click on the green LOGIN button and enter your MrOwl username and password to get started if you already have a MrOwl account.

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If you are not already registered for MrOwl, click on the green FREE SIGN UP button, and fill in the information needed to register.

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When you register, you will need to provide your cell phone in order to validate your account which will be texted to you. 

Please note that the country code is a “1” for the United States and for all other countries, please put in the appropriate country code for where you are located.

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Click on the SETTINGS button and then select MrOwl Chrome Extension from the left hand menu. Follow the instructions onscreen to add the extension.

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After you have added the MrOwl Chrome extension, look for the MrOwl button next to the address bar. Click on it whenever you would like to add link(s) into either your MrOwl “branches” or into your MrOwl Nest. 

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Think of the MrOwl Nest simply as a MrOwl clipboard, where you can put your link(s) until you are ready to move them to specific topic “branches”.  It’s a way to save them for later.

 

To use the MrOwl Chrome extension, go to a website that you want to add to a topic “branch” or to your MrOwl Nest in a separate tab. Once there, click the MrOwl icon in the upper-right hand corner of your screen to open the MrOwl Chrome extension.

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Please note that the MrOwl Chrome extension will automatically pull through the title and description from the websites metatags but that you can still edit it.  If the title and description are not pulled through into the box, it’s because the metatags are missing.  But, you can still add the title and description that you would like for the link.  It’s as simple as that!

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Click the orange ADD TO TOPIC or ADD TO NEST buttons when you’re done editing to add it to your MrOwl account.

You will see a confirmation that the link was added successfully when you are done.

 

A MrOwl Applet is a MrOwl App for a specific function or page in MrOwl and they are also shortcuts to the places that you would like to go to in the App (e.g.: TOP BRANCHES). You will always find them at the top of the MrOwl site.

 

To get the MrOwl App go to the iOS or the Google Play Stores to download it today:

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My Profile

To see your MrOwl profile, look to the upper right hand corner of your screen. You’ll see your profile picture next to the search bar. Click on your profile picture to be taken to your profile screen.

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You can edit your profile by clicking either the orange EDIT button on your profile or the SETTINGS button on the menu.

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Go to your profile, which can be found by clicking on your profile picture.

You will see a row of green icons below your bio description.  The “BRANCHES” icon tells you how many “branches” you’ve built. If you click on this icon it will take you to the MY BRANCHES page.

The GRABS icon tells you the total number of times your “branches” have been grabbed. If you click this icon, you can see who has grabbed your “branches” and whether or not you are following them.

The HEARTS icon tells you the total number of times your “branches” have been hearted. If you click this icon, you can see who has hearted your “branches” and whether or not you are following them.

The FOLLOWERS icon tells you the total number of people following you. Click this icon to see who follows you and whether you are following them back.

The FOLLOWING icon tells you how many people you are following, and you can click into it to see who you are following.

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Go to your profile page and click either the green FOLLOWERS icon to see who is following you, or the green FOLLOWING icon to see who you are following.

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Next to your name on your profile page, you’ll see your social media links that link directly to the social media accounts that you’ve added.

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Branch Creation

To create a new topic “branch” on MrOwl, click the CREATE BRANCH button in the navigation bar.

Enter the name and description for your “branch”, choose whether you’d like it to be PUBLIC or PRIVATE and add a main image for your new “branch”.  Once you are done, click the orange CREATE NEW BRANCH button to finish.

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You can access your created “branches” from a few different places. You can find them by clicking MY BRANCHES on the menu, on your homepage under the MY BRANCHES section and on your profile page under MY BRANCHES.

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Go to the “branch” you want to add your link or document to and click the orange ADD A LINK OR DOCUMENT button

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Once you’ve clicked on the orange +ADD A LINK OR DOCUMENT button, the box below will pop up and you will be able to choose if you are adding a link or a document.

To add a link, click on the ADD LINK tab which will then be highlighted in green.  Enter the URL you want to add and click the green NEXT button.

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You can then edit the link title and description, and click the orange ADD button when you’re done to add it to your “branch”.

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To add a document, click on the ADD DOCUMENT tab, which will then be highlighted in green.  Fill in the file name, description, choose the file you would like to add, and click on the orange SUBMIT button.

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Click on the SETTINGS button and then select MrOwl Chrome Extension from the left hand menu. Follow the instructions onscreen to add the extension.

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After you have added the MrOwl Chrome extension, look for the MrOwl button next to the address bar. Click on it whenever you would like to add link(s) into either your MrOwl “branches” or into your MrOwl Nest. 

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Think of the MrOwl Nest simply as a MrOwl clipboard, where you can put your link(s) until you are ready to move them to specific topic “branches”.  It’s a way to save them for later.

 

To use the MrOwl Chrome extension, go to a website that you want to add to a topic “branch” or to your MrOwl Nest in a separate tab. Once there, click the MrOwl icon in the upper-right hand corner of your screen to open the MrOwl Chrome extension.

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Please note that the MrOwl Chrome extension will automatically pull through the title and description from the websites metatags but that you can still edit it.  If the title and description are not pulled through into the box, it’s because the metatags are missing.  But, you can still add the title and description that you would like for the link.  It’s as simple as that!

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Click the orange ADD TO TOPIC or ADD TO NEST buttons when you’re done editing to add it to your MrOwl account.

You will see a confirmation that the link was added successfully when you are done.

Depending on your browser size, your Nest will either appear in a sliding panel on the right:

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Or as an icon:

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You can add a link from your MrOwl Nest by going to the “branch” that you want to add the link(s) to, clicking on the MrOwl Nest symbol to open it up, and then clicking on the arrow next to the link(s) to move those link(s) from your MrOwl Nest to the “branch” you’ve chosen. 

Remember that the MrOwl Nest is simply a MrOwl clipboard where you can put your link(s) until you are ready to move them to specific topic “branches”.  It’s a way to save them for later.

Click on the three dots next to a link and then select "Nest" from the pop up menu. The link will be copied to your Nest. link nest button image

To edit a link, go to the link you want to edit, click the THREE GREY DOTS icon on the right-hand side of the link to open up the menu and click on the EDIT button in the menu.

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You can then change the link title and description, and click on the SAVE CHANGES button when you’re done.

Click and hold anywhere on the link, then drag and drop the link to wherever you want it on the list of links.  It’s as easy as that.

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Click on the THREE GREY DOTS icon on the right-hand side of the link. click the THREE GREY DOTS icon on the right-hand side of the link to open up the menu and click on the DELETE button in the menu.

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You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to delete the link, so click YES, DELETE to remove your link.

Once you are in the topic that you would like to edit, click on the EDIT button to bring up the menu and choose the EDIT TOPIC button to edit it.

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Select EDIT TOPIC tab to update the topic title or description and click on the orange UPDATE button when you are finished editing the topic.

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Once you are in the topic that you would like to change the topic image for, click on the EDIT button to bring up the menu and choose the EDIT TOPIC button to edit it.

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Select CHANGE TOPIC IMAGE tab to update the topic photo and click on the orange UPDATE button when you are finished editing the photo.

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To add a subtopic to your “branch”, go to the topic “branch” you want to add to. Click on the orange ADD SUBTOPIC button beneath the topic image.

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Next, give your subtopic a title, description, and topic image. When you’re ready, click on the orange ADD button to see your subtopic added to your “branch”.

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Once you are in the topic where you would like to reorder the subtopics, click on the orange EDIT button to bring up the menu and choose the REORDER SUBTOPICS button.

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Your subtopics for the “branch” will show up in a pop up list in their current order.  To change the order, click on the subtopic you would like to move and drag and drop it to where you’d like on the list of subtopics.  It’s that easy.

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Once you are in the topic where you would like to delete a subtopic, click on the orange EDIT button to bring up the menu and choose the DELETE TOPIC button to delete it. topic edit button image

To make your “branch” public or private, simply click the on the GREY LOCK icon next to the topic “branch” image. When the lock is closed, your “branch” is private and when the lock is open, your “branch” is public which means that everyone on MrOwl can see it and search for it. 

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Please note that your “branch” needs to be public to share it with other people.

Go to the “branch” you want to share and make sure that it is public.  Your “branch” needs to be public before you can share it with other people.

Click the orange SHARE button and chose whether you want to share it to Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook.

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My Photos

Go to the “branch” where you want to add your photo(s), click on the orange +ADD PHOTO button on the right-hand side of the page.

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Give your photo a title and description, choose the photo you’d like to add, and then click on submit when you’re done.

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Click on the MY PHOTOS menu button. You’ll see your photos in a separate photo album for each of your individual “branches”.

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Click into the album where you would like to make a change,

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click into the photo that you would like to edit or delete and click on the orange EDIT button.

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  This will allow you to edit the title or description or choose to delete the photo.

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Click on the MY PHOTOS menu button. You’ll see your photos in a separate photo album for each of your individual “branches”.

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Click on either the LIST VIEW or GRID VIEW tab to change the view of the photos from one format to the other. list view grid view image
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MrOwl Community Tree

The MrOwl Community Tree is a collection of topic “branches” curated by the community, where the community deletes, adds or re-orders links, that serve as recommendations to the tree.

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All changes that you make in the MrOwl Community Tree are immediate and permanent to you and also are a recommendation to the community master “tree”.

MrOwl gets “wiser” as more people use it, and the links are curated by real people in the MrOwl community – not a computer. 

You can privately add, delete, or re-order links in the MrOwl Community Tree to fit your needs.

See a link you don’t like? Delete it! 

Know a site that needs to be included but isn’t? Add it! 

You can also reorder, edit and delete subtopics so that only the most relevant topics stay in your Community Tree.

All the changes you make are personal and immediate to you, but they also act as recommendations to the MrOwl Community Tree.  It is for you, by you.

Go to the topic in the MrOwl Community Tree where you want to add a new subtopic. Click on the orange ADD SUBTOPIC button, give your subtopic a title/description, and add an image. When you’re done with your changes, click on the orange ADD button to finish.

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Go to the topic in the MrOwl Community Tree where you want to reorder the subtopics. If you are at the top of the Community Tree, click on the orange REORDER SUBTOPICS button. Otherwise click on EDIT and then on REORDER SUBTOPICS. Then drag and drop the subtopics to reorder them.

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In the Community Tree, click on the subtopic you want to edit or delete, and then click on the orange EDIT button.

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Click on the green EDIT TOPIC option to change the subtopic title, description, and image.

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Click on the green DELETE TOPIC option to delete the subtopic from the MrOwl Community Tree.

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Interacting with Branches

Go into the “branch” that you want to grab and click on the orange GRAB button to grab it. It will turn green to indicate that you’ve grabbed it.

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Another way to grab “branches” is to go to TOP BRANCHES and to click on the green hand icon on the topic image to grab the “branch” directly without going into it.  Once you’ve grabbed it, you will see a green CLOSED HAND icon.

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If there is a section of the MrOwl Community “tree” that is trending in the TOP BRANCHES section, you will not be able to grab it.  But you will be able to go into the “branch” and copy anything that you’d like over to your MrOwl Nest to add it to your “branches” at a later time.

Go to the GRABBED BRANCHES page to see all the “branches” you’ve grabbed. You can also see your grabbed “branches” from your profile and from your home page.

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Go into the “branch” that you want to heart and click on the orange HEART button to heart it. It will turn green to indicate that you’ve hearted it.

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Hearting lets someone know you like their “branch”. Grabbing a “branch” saves it for later on the GRABBED BRANCHES page.

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At the bottom of every “branch”, you will see the green COMMENTS icon. Click this icon to open the comment box, and type what you want to say and then hit the green COMMENT button to leave the comment.

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Remember that everything you comment on MrOwl can be seen by the public so please be respectful.

You can sort branches on your MY BRANCHES and GRABBED BRANCHES pages. You can sort by MY ORDER, GRABS, HEARTS, NEWEST, and TITLE via the drop-down menu.

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Go to the MY BRANCHES or GRABBED BRANCHES page and click on the green REORDER button.

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Then drag and drop your “branches” into the desired order. They will automatically save. Click the green BACK button when you’re done.

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Collaboration and Communication

Click the grey MESSAGING icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen next to your profile picture.

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This will bring up your messaging center where you can see any existing conversations and start new ones.

Choose whether you’d like to message one person or start a new group chat.

If you choose to message one person, click on the green SINGLE USER icon, pick which user you’d like to send a message to from the list that pops-up, type in the message, and then click the green SEND button to send the message.

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For a new group chat, click on the green GROUP CHAT icon, select the users you’d like to include in the message, name the group up at the top, and then click on the orange CREATE button to create the group.

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Once you’ve created the group, you will see the group name at the top of your messages list.  Click on the group, type in a message, and click on the green SEND button to send a message to the group. 

When you’d like to follow someone, go to their profile page and click the orange FOLLOW button to follow them. It will turn green to indicate you are now following that person.

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If your “branch” is private, that means that only the people you choose can see it. You can add people as EDITORS or VIEWERS. EDITORS can change and edit the “branch”, and VIEWERS can only view the “branch”.

Go to the “branch” where you want to add a member and click the green MEMBERS icon in the scorecard. Click the orange ADD MEMBERS button, and choose whether to add EDITORS or VIEWERS.

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You can ADD MEMBERS by either Email addresses or from your MrOwl followers.

To ADD MEMBERS by Email, click on the orange ADD MEMBERS button, choose whether you are adding either EDITORS or VIEWERS. Then type in an Email address, and hit space at the end of the Email address to add the next Email. Once you’ve added in everyone you’d like, choose whether you are ADDING EDITORS or SELECTING FOLLOWERS, by clicking the orange button to finish adding them.

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To ADD MEMBERS from your MrOwl followers, click the orange ADD MEMBERS button, click on the orange ADD EDITORS or SELECT FOLLOWERS button, then then click the orange INVITE button next to the member’s name that you would like to add to your “branch”.

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If your “branch” is public, then anyone on MrOwl can already view it, so you can only add EDITORS.

Go to the “branch” where you want to add a member, click the green MEMBERS icon in the scorecard, and click the orange ADD MEMBERS button.

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You can then type in email addresses to add members to your “branch” or you can choose from your MrOwl followers.

To ADD MEMBERS by Email, click on the orange ADD MEMBERS button, type in an Email address, and hit space at the end of the Email address to add in the next Email address. Once you’ve added in everyone you’d like, choose whether you are ADDING EDITORS or SELECTING FOLLOWERS, by clicking the orange button to finish adding them.

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To ADD MEMBERS from your MrOwl followers, click the orange ADD MEMBERS button, click on either the orange ADD EDITORS or SELECT FOLLOWERS button, and then then click the orange INVITE button next to the member’s name that you would like to add to your “branch” to finish.

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My Settings

You can edit your account settings by clicking either the SETTINGS button on the menu or the orange EDIT button on your profile.

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Access your account settings by clicking on the SETTINGS button, and click on the SOCIAL MEDIA SETTINGS tab on the menu on the left-hand side.

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Decide which accounts you want to ADD to your MrOwl and enter their URLs.  Click SUBMIT when you’re done.

Click on the SETTINGS button and then click on the RESET PASSWORD tab on the menu on the left-hand side.

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You’ll need to enter your old password first, and then your new one. Confirm the new password and click the orange SUBMIT button when you’re done resetting your password.

Click on the SETTINGS button and then click on the LOGOUT button on the left-hand menu.

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Click on the SETTINGS button and then click on the NOTIFICATIONS button on the left-hand menu.

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Here you can see which notifications you’ll receive emails and/or push notifications for.

If you want to change these settings, simply click the radio button next to each item. You can also choose whether you’d like to receive only email, only mobile notifications or notifications both ways.  Click on the orange SUBMIT button when you’re finished. 

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Leaving Feedback

If you’d like to give feedback, click on the CONTACT US link on the bottom right-hand corner of your page.

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When the FEEDBACK page comes up, select whether you want to make a comment, report a bug or ask a question. Then fill out the form, and click on the orange GIVE FEEDBACK button to send it to us.

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Please know that we really appreciate your feedback in helping us to make it the best possible community experience on MrOwl for everyone!

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