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What is Eskup

Eskup is to talk, share, learn. It is having a conversation in multiple directions on the topics we are interested in. It is a network because we meet and become connected, but where the message is what really matters. It has been created by elpais.com team, where we use it for journalistic purposes. But Eskup can be used for far more than just that: it is the place where you will find experts discussing their matters, where you can ask or reply, keep quiet or read, get informed or inform. Eskup is an open and living communication medium. And this is how it works::

Getting started

  • In order to write and join a conversation you must sign up (if you have already done it and you are a registered user at elpais.com you do not need to sign up again). If you only want to explore the site it is not necessary. Anyway you can access all messages, read any topic or visit a user's page.
  • Once registered you can already write. But before doing so you must fill in your profile.
  • In Eskup, apart from following the people you are interested in, you may subscribe to topics, that will be filed as they come up. You can also write in them —in case of open groups or topics, whenever you want; if these require pre-authorization, requesting the system administrator to do so.
  • On the left area you manage your profile, topics, see the status of the ones you follow (if they are connected, a green flag will appear below their photo), those who follow you, the messages you have posted and those in which someone mentions you, and you will find a search engine of both users and topics.

280 characters with extra photos and video

  • At the central area of Eskup's interface you have five different panels.Use the tabs to switch between them. On the first one, 'LO QUE SIGO', (what I'm following), you can see everything that people you follow write and the messages posted on the topics you are subscribed to, apart from what you publish yourself. From the second panel, 'Privado' (in private), you can choose to send a private message to any other user. On that same board you will also receive messages. If you do not want other user to contact you, you can block his or her private messages. On the third panel, 'TODO' (everything) everything going on in Eskup is displayed. It is the great cascade of messages, photos and videos. The fourth panel 'Mis mensajes' (my messages) shows only the content you have uploaded. The last panel 'Menciones' (mentions) shows the messages in which someone mentions you.
  • Messages can contain a maximum of 280 characters. But apart from text you have the possibility of attaching images, uploading videos and publishing not only on your panel but also under any other open topic you are subscribed to. You will always know who has published the messages, when —the most recent ones are shown on the top— and if they have been written in connection with a topic or are part of a conversation. You will be able to edit the messages once published, delete them and reply from anyone's message.
  • Photos: you must upload the images from your computer. They will be displayed at a maximum size of 432 pixels width and 800 pixels high. If they are larger they will be automatically rescaled. If they are smaller, they will appear in their real size. Under 250 pixels width Eskup will align the photo to the text.
  • Video: to upload a video, we currently support links from youtube.com, metacafe.com, dailymotion.com, vimeo.com, current.com, video.google.com, video.google.es and vids.myspace.com. You just have to place the link inside the box of 280 characters along with text.

Dialogue is the word, with whoever you want

On Eskup's last column we will highlight topics for you to participate —whether they are news or not— developed by our editorial team or by any user. Some topics will have restricted access for publication purposes and others will be completely opened to participation.

Send to Twitter and Facebook

If you want to synchronize Eskup with twitter you can do the following: click in the link "Opciones" (in the section IDENTIFICADORES EXTERNOS) (external identifiers) and follow the instructions. You must choose the messaging services with which you want to synchronize your updates. Then a dialog box will be displayed for you to introduce your username and password. Your messages are ready to be sent simultaneou from Eskup to twitter and/or Facebook if you click in their small icons below the message box. .

On your mobile

You can access Eskup's version for mobile in the site http://m.eskup.com/. From there you can read and send messages and you will be also able to send messages depending on your browser.

Questions

If you have any further questions on how Eskup works you can post them directly under the topic Eskup or you may also check our frequently asked questions section.