The basic unit of Factr is a stream.

A stream is the powerful resource that lets you and your team instantly save, easily organize, and securely share the information that matters to you.

It’s a simple-to-create, easy-to-access place for information gathering and collaboration, eliminating redundant research efforts and harnessing dispersed expertise.

It can be updated as often as you like, it accommodates multiple formats, and it’s available anywhere, any time, on any device that can access the internet.

What goes into your stream?

A stream can contain most anything you want it to.

Most simply, you can write a post in your steam.

  • You can post an image.
  • You can post a video.
  • You can post a document.
  • You can post a sound file.
  • You can post a link to a web page.

More powerfully, you can configure your stream to automatically aggregate content feeds from websites and blogs that are relevant to the stream topic. Feeds can come from many sources, via RSS feeds, Google alerts, and in the near future via other APIs. You can combine multiple feeds and filter them to create incredibly fine-tuned content. And this filtering capability can be easily updated on the fly.

These features are designed to make your stream a resource that will enable you to monitor any subject in real time, updating constantly. This aggregation goes far beyond what you’re used to in existing news readers.

What you can do with your stream?

  • You can organize it, tagging to create relevant sub-sets within the stream.
  • You can filter and sort it, by content, keyword, source, date, and soon location.
  • You can add comments to the items in it.
  • You can visibly highlight items that are most important.
  • You can search it on the fly.
  • Importantly, you can create discussions on it. The robust on-item commenting means you can essentially hold a meeting around an item, without the constraints of time and space. You can raise issues without the worries of multiple email exchanges that fail to fully reach all stakeholders.

Who has access to your stream?

  • You can use it alone.
  • You can use it in teams.
  • You can keep it private.
  • You can make it public.
  • You can let others contribute to it.

One of the best things about streams is the way you can control access to them. You can have streams that are seen only by you. You can have streams that are shared by several people, keeping each of you constantly up-to-date on a shared project. You can have streams that are shared by an entire organization. You can have streams that are public, keeping your constituencies aware of your activities, or asking their help and feedback via comments.

The possible uses of streams are almost limitless. They can be newsreaders, they can be newsletters, they can be blogs, they can be document collections, they can be scrapbooks, they can be meeting rooms, they can be file sharing repositories, they can be suggestion boxes. Or any combination thereof.

That’s just a beginning. We’re sure there are plenty of new and exciting uses that you’ll surprise us with.

Check out some examples of streams: