Following Capability in Modern Sites

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We have been getting several questions around the Follow capability now that more modern sites or pages are present on our online environment and also due to the deprecation of newsfeeds.  What options do we have now for following a document or following a person in SharePoint Online in Modern Sites? Any insights are appreciated.

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Basically the "Following" feature is not present in the modern UI so no many choices here...but this is not supposed to be a problem bearing in mind that the Graph provide all the signals and information around a user

We already have the ability to "Follow" sites. Look for the "STAR" icon in the top right side of any site. Recently we have introduced a concept of "Save for Later" on the web - its a quick way to collect and get to pages/news. See this post. If you are using the SharePoint mobile app, you can also Save documents for later, on top of pages/news. See this post

 

You can always manage your Saved items or Followed sites from SharePoint home - the SharePoint landing page when you click on the SharePoint tile in the Suite Nav menu or from Office.com homepage.

 

At this point, we don't have an ability to "follow" people in the SharePoint modern experiences. Would love to hear about your thoughts on this.

I missed the "star" in the site ^-^...but you cannot follow documents any more...

@Juan Carlos González Martín wrote:
I missed the "star" in the site ^-^...but you cannot follow documents any more...

The gesture on documents, pages, news (leaf nodes basically) is called Save for Later. 

Mmm...I'm aware of this option for pages, but not for documents...when can we expect this feature in documents? By the way, "following" a document and "save for later" is not the same idea

@Juan Carlos González Martín wrote:
Mmm...I'm aware of this option for pages, but not for documents...when can we expect this feature in documents? By the way, "following" a document and "save for later" is not the same idea

You are right. The gestures are not quite the same. We are intentional about introducing Save For Later.  What about classic "following" documents experience do you like/expect ? 

 

Today, you can Save for later documents from the SP mobile app. See this post. We are just rolling out Saving pages/news in the web. We will expand to more entry points and Save for later abilities over time (and based on customer feedback as well) 

Thank you all for the responses. That is correct, pages or news we can save for later but for Documents you have to rely on what Delve shows you either recent ones you have accessed or other files from other sites/locations that you may have interest. The use case we keep hearing is what we had on classic pages. You are in a SharePoint Site reviewing document libraries and you like in picking from there files that you like to follow. Any thoughts on when following people may be part of the road map? Thanks!

@Juan M Baena wrote:
Thank you all for the responses. That is correct, pages or news we can save for later but for Documents you have to rely on what Delve shows you either recent ones you have accessed or other files from other sites/locations that you may have interest. The use case we keep hearing is what we had on classic pages. You are in a SharePoint Site reviewing document libraries and you like in picking from there files that you like to follow. Any thoughts on when following people may be part of the road map? Thanks!

@Juan M Baena: What would you like to do, once you follow a document? What is the expectation here? 

@DC Padur 

I understand legacy "Follow" feature for Sites and Documents as a way to change Browsers capability to save bookmarks (Even same star icon is used).

In multi device environment with multiple web browsers (IE, Chrome, Edge or any other...) in use it's a great feature to have single web page as a personal portal with all links to relevant material that you marked). And it can be called My Site, Neewsfeed, SkyDrive, OneDrive or anything :-).

That is expected functionality to my opinion. And it could be helpful for every content element under SharePoint, that can have unique URL address.

For Sites it still works.

@DC Padur The use case is that , imagine a user is working on multiple sites , and multiple documents like Sales , Marketing.

He just want to fav then document , so that it is available from any device and he can work on it later.

Its like saving time from finding the document.

 

@Juan M Baena 

 

Does anyone know where this data is stored at for each user?