Using Pictalk


Crosstalk is a more public environment where users may post their content and follow another user's content. This provides a distinctly separate place to engage in news, politics, etc. without necessitating a friendship. Crosstalk also offers unique tools for providing supporting and alternative views to posted content, as well as a means to provide feedback on the relevance of those views.


Connections allows users to post a variety of content to their friends, but with fine-tuned control over which friends will be able to view the content. Posts can be liked, shared, and commented on.


Collections offers first-class media features. Collections can be created and organized hierarchically, and each media item can be enriched with data ranging from rich text content to location data. The media in Collections can also be shared, commented on, and added to the collections of other users, but without ever losing the attribution of the original publisher. Privacy settings also allow users the ability to prevent their content from being viewed and shared throughout the site.

Introduction to Feeds

Multi-Feed Concept

Pictalk focuses on delivering all the features required for modern day social networking. The Pictalk Feed contains content from your friends and groups on Connections, those you follow on Crosstalk, and any content you follow in Collections.

Displaying Feed Content

Your Home Feed Page can be displayed from anywhere in the site by clicking on the Pictalk icon in the top bar.

Choose which feeds to display by selecting the Crosstalk, Connections or Collections label located at the top of the Home Feed Page.

Adding hashtags and topics to content:

To create a hashtag, start by typing # followed by text, then use the spacebar or tab key to finish entering the hashtag (e.g. "#flower").

Hashtags may be added to:

Topics may be added to:

All Folders and Content assigned to a Collection will contain the Collection's topics and hashtags.

When added to content, hashtags and topics provide a powerful way to find and filter content.

Displaying a Hashtag Feed

Clicking on any hashtag will create a feed displaying only content containing the hashtag.

Saved Crosstalk Posts

You can save other user's Crosstalk posts by selecting the "Save this Post" option from the context menu identified by 3 vertical dots located on the post.

When saved Crosstalk posts are displayed as a feed, topics associated with the saved posts can be used to filter what posts are displayed.

Saved Connect Posts

You can save other users' Connect posts by selecting the "Save this Post" option from the context menu identified by 3 vertical dots located on the post.

When saved Connect posts are displayed as a feed, categories associated with the saved posts can be used to filter which posts are displayed.

Recently Viewed Feed

Selecting "Recently Viewed" from the application menu (next to your avatar in the Top Bar) will display a feed made up of the content you previously viewed.

Recent Posts Feed

Your Profile Page

Stats for Group Posts are included in the totals for Connections (Group Posts are actually a type of Connect Post).

Adding an Avatar and Banner


You may change your avatar at any time while you are on your Profile Page.

Pictalk randomly assigns one of three different default coffee banners when you first sign up.

You may change your Profile Page Banner at any time by:

The optimum image ratio is 4:1.


Additional contact information may be added to your Profile Page.

You can set the level of privacy for each contact entry to "Everyone", "Friends", "These Friends" or "Only Me" (See Privacy below).


When viewing any user's profile page, there are a small number of statistics ("stats") below the main user information. To see more stats click the "More Stats" button.

Stats fall into four categories. We'll assume you're viewing the profile page of a person named Charlie.

Self Stats

The following are for actions performed by the user whose profile page you're viewing.

Content Stats

These are for actions performed on a user's content.

User Stats

This relates to actions performed on a user by another user. Currently there is only one such action.

Cooperative Stats

This relates to actions where two users must both agree, and the stat is increased for both users. Currently there is only one such action.

Group Stats

Stats for Group Posts are combined with the Connections stats. A Group Post is a type of Connect Post.


In addition to Account, Profile and Preferences, the following are also found under Settings:


Sending Friend Requests

Accepting Friend Requests


By default, you will receive content posted by your friends on your Connections Feed.

You may not want to follow a friend's content but would like to keep them as a friend: To unfollow (or follow if previously unfollowed) a friend's content:


New Users

Use this tab to display Pictalk Users organized by the most recent to join on top. Find new users that you know and send them a Friend Request. Users under the age of 18 will not be displayed.

Followers and Following

Pictalk offers a unique blend of following options. On Crosstalk, you can follow users whose content you find interesting. For Collections, you may follow individual collections or all collections for a given user.


Privacy Settings allow you the ability to control who can see...

The privacy options are:

The "Friends" privacy settings only apply to Connections.

Changing a Privacy Setting:

Content with a current privacy setting of "Friends" or "These Friends" cannot be changed to protect their comments from becoming public.


Impressions are interactions with a user's content.

They include the following:

Adding Content

Adding hashtags and users to descriptions and text:

Creating a Crosstalk Post from the Home Feed:

Creating a Connect Post from the Home Feed:

Adding an image to a Collection:

There are 3 ways to add an image:

Once you have selected an image, you may:


You may allow a group of your friends to collaborate with you on your collections. This works for any privacy setting, as long as they are permitted to view the collection.

Adding Content


About Collections:

Collections are "boards" to which you can assign items (images or videos).

Collections may contain up to 3 levels of folders. For example:

The first level Collection is also referred to as either the Top-Level or Parent Collection.

Creating a Collection

Required information:

Optional information

Editing a Collection

Deleting a Collection

A Collection (Board) is deleted automatically from your Collections Page when you delete the last item (image or video) that was assigned to it.

Collection Navigation Panel:

How Collections are displayed in the Collection Navigation Panel:

Managing a Collection's Organization:

Collection Page

The Collection Page consists of 3 tabs

Open Collection Page

Browser Extension


Creating a Group

Finding Groups

You may search for any groups except those that are "Private".

See Pictalk Group Terms