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Hubzilla - Getting Started: 3. Adding Connections

You can get to your connections either by clicking on the "Hamburger menu" at the top right (the three vertical bars; if you didn't know that a menu button that looks like this is called a "Hamburger menu", don't feel too bad about it - I also only found this out about two or three months ago :-D) or, in the beginning, by clicking on "Manage your connections" in the "New Member Links" on the right. Here's a direct link to your connections (only works if authenticated to this site):

Now, there are two different fields which do different things:


In order to use the first one, you need to already know the channel's address or "webbie" (although I have yet to see the first person using this term ;-))
If we met somewhere and I told you, hey, I'm on Hubzilla, and my channel address is, you put the address in the first box, where it says "Add New Connection". This will immediately send a connection request the moment you click the green plus sign or hit enter.

The second box, the one that says "Find Channels" lets you do one of two things:

Entering a full channel name

If you put a channel address in there it will take to that channel's home page and magically log in there remotely:
Seeing your profile picture in the top left corner is your indicator that you're currently remotely authenticated to the hub that hosts this channel. You can now either connect from there or just look at the public information and posts by the channel.

Searching for people

Or, if you don't put a full address in, it will take you to the directory to search.
I'll use my musician friend's public channel as an example for a name based search, since he's using it as his official website and to promote his music. Doing this will a) mean I won't get in trouble for using it as an example and b) have the added benefit of telling you about him :-D

Let's say you met Alan at gig, and he told you he's on Hubzilla with his his music, but for some reason you didn't get to exchange addresses. So you type "Alan Graham" into the search box. Now, the very first time you do this from your new channel, you won't get any results:
That's because by default, only the local directory is being searched, and since Alan is not on the same hub, his profile won't show in the results. Uncheck the box where it says "This website only", then try again. (You don't need to go back, you can just use the search box on this page.)
Now you will find a result:
From there, you can either click "connect" or on the name to look at the channel.

This process, of course, only works if the person you're looking for is using their real name, which unlike on Facebook is not a requirement.

You can also find new people by searching for interests. If you use keywords in the "Miscellaneous" section of your profile, those will help other people find you in the directory (if you chose to publish your profile there.)
Or you can just browse the directory.

Now, after you added a connection, unless the other channel is set to automatically accept connections (which is usually the case for public forums but not for regular "social media profiles"), you will see a little "no entry" sign in your connection list:
Once that is gone, you know the other person accepted your connection request.