Create a stream
Streams can either be public to anyone in the organization, or require an
invitation to join. Organization admins can always see the names and
membership of private streams, but cannot read any of the messages.
If you are an administrator setting up streams for the first time, we highly
recommend reading our
guide to streams
Create a new stream
Find the relevant stream on
the Streams page.
Click the plus () icon to the right of
the Filter streams input.
Note: If you do not see the plus
() icon, it
is probably because your organization's administrators
have disabled stream creation for ordinary users.
If that's the case, then you need to ask them to
allow ordinary users to create streams, or you will have
to ask an administrator for help creating each particular stream.
After clicking the plus () icon, at
right side of the Streams page, labeled
Create stream, will now display options for creating a stream.
Enter the title of your stream in the Stream name input.
If you designate your stream as public, the Stream name will be
displayed under the Streams on the left sidebar. Your stream name must
be unique to all other stream names and can be no longer than
You can optionally enter a brief description of your stream in
Stream description to give other users a general idea of
what's being discussed in your stream. The description can be
seen under the stream name in the stream overview.
The Stream privacy option controls the privacy of your
stream. There are two options:
Anybody can join - This option makes your stream public
and accessible to all users.
People must be invited - This option makes your stream
private. Only users you invite will be able to access this stream.
Only the creator of the stream can invite new users this stream.
If your stream is public, you can choose to alert users about the new
stream by clicking the Announce stream checkbox. Users who have been
added to the new stream will always be notified, but if the
Announce stream feature is enabled, all users will be notified
of the stream's creation.
To automatically subscribe a user to your stream, scroll down to
People to add and tick the checkboxes with the names of the users
you want to add.
To search for specific users, enter their usernames in the
Filter names box.
Once you are ready to create your stream,
click the Create button. The stream will now appear
in the left sidebar for the users that you subscribed.