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Joining and Creating Groups on OutBüro

On OutBüro you are able to be your full self and explore all aspects of both your professional interests and personal interests. We’ve recently implemented Group Categories to differentiate between groups at a high level. If you have an idea for another high-level category we’d be happy to consider it. To make a suggestion, just use the Contact Us form.

Group categories

  • Regional – City, Region of a city, County, State, Provance, State, Country
  • Professional – Legal, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, College, Students, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Real Estate, Writing, Journalism, Brands/Businesses/Organizations, professional networking, etc.
  • Life-Style – Sports, Gardening, Cooking, Nightlife, Yoga, etc.
  • General – Mental Well Being, Coming Out, Law of Attraction, Caregiving, Brands/Businesses/Organizations, Philosophy, Family, History, Nutrition, CBD, Reading, POZ, QPOC, Pride Event Organizations, etc.
  • Gender Queer – All groups with a focus on genderqueer, gender-fluid, non-binary, personal connections, etc.
  • Men – all groups with a focus on topics and interests of self-identifying men, personal connections, etc.
  • Women – All groups with a focus on topics and interests of self-identifying women, personal connections, etc.
  • Transgender – All groups with a focus on topics and interests of self-identifying transgender persons, personal connections, etc.

Group Types

  • Open – group and content visible to all site members – anyone can join
  • Closed – group visible to all – must be accepted – content visible to only group members
  • Secret – group and content only visible to group members – must be invited

Group Requirements and Management

  • To access groups on OutBüro users must be a Yearly/Monthly member of OutBüro.
  • Group owners/administrators/moderators control the content of their groups. The OutBüro team does not provide oversight or admin support unless content is reported and/or if asked by the Group owners/administrators/moderators for assistance with a particular issue.

Income Potential

As a Yearly/Monthly OutBüro member, you have the option to join our Affiliate/Influencer program and earn residual income from those that you spur to join the site. The system is set to 3-levels earning 10% on Level 1, 5% on Level 2 and 2.5% on Level 3 as long as the memberships remain in active status. Check out the Affiliate/Influencer Income Estimator. This is for all OutBüro members, but additionally for those running a group on OutBüro.

Locate Groups of Interest

  1. From the top menu if on a desktop or tablet, under the Community menu item, choose a Group Category or All. On a smartphone it is under the hamburger menu icon.
  2. Scroll or use the Search feature to find Open and Closed groups.
  3. Learn More – For a brief introduction to the group scope and intent, click the Learn More link.
  4. Join – Click the Join Group button at the top yet the bottom-left area of the Group Cover/Header area.
    1. Open Groups – As soon as your request to join you’ll be admitted and be a group member.
    2. Closed Groups – After requesting to join, the group owner/admin/moderator will either approve or reject your group membership request.
    3. Secret Groups -As mentioned you will not know of Secret groups unless you are invited to join them. If invited, make your choice if you would like to accept the invitation.

Create a Group

  • If you don’t locate a group currently active on the site that suits your interests, consider creating a group. We love to have you participate and grow the community.
  • Create: From the main group page, near the top on the right side click the Creat Group button.
  • Name: Enter a Name for the group.
  • Description: Provide a group Description.
  • Type – Choose the type of group it will be. The options are open, closed, and secret.
    • Open – This type of group allows anyone to join and participate and is displayed in the list of groups and may be found via the group search. Being Open means too that the contents of the group is visible to any site member, even non-members, and internet search engines. A non-group member may not interact in the group such as posting or commenting, they may only view it. To comment or post, they would need to join the group.
    • Closed – The contents of the group is not visible to non-group members and is also not indexed by search engines. A closed group is displayed in the list of groups and may be found via the group search. In this type of group, persons must request to join or be invited to join. Once a group member they may participate.
    • Secret – The content of the group is not visible to non-group members and is also not indexed by search engines. A secret group is NOT displayed in the list of groups and may NOT be found via the group search. In this type of group, persons must be invited to join. Once a group member they may participate.
  • Submit – To complete this step click the Create Group button in the bottom right of the dialog box.
  • Group Logo – Like a profile headshot, the group logo is used on the site as you see on this listing of groups. We love branding so if you create a group and are not sure what to use or how to create a logo, we’d be happy to help. Please submit a Support Ticket and request help. A square image is best and we recommend 400×400 pixels in JPG or PNG format. Remember to respect copyrights.
  • Group Cover/Header – Just as on your profile page, a group page may and should have a group header image. Ideally, the image would have a relation to the group. If you are stumbling to find a related image, a great Pride image with rainbow flags waving is always great. Remember to respect copyrights. Group cover/header images are recommended to be a 3:1 ratio such as 1200×400 in JPG or PNG format.

Invite Others

  1. Now that you are in a group and/or created a group, let’s get others involved.
  2. From the group page, use the Invite button in the bottom-right area of the group header/Cover.
  3. Search for site members and select Invite.

Group/Site Notifications

You control all site notifications including those from the groups you belong to.

To do so, in the bottom right of the group header/cover, click the bell/notifications button and make your choices.

To view/modify all site notifications navigate to your profile, click your About tab, then the Notifications sub-tab, and make your choices.

My Groups

To easily located all the groups you belong to you’ll find them via 3 easy methods. You must be logged in with a Yearly/Monthly membership.

Desktop and tablet – From your Profile Actions menu located in the left sidebar and/or top menu from your Profile image dropdown menu choose Groups. Also from your profile page, select the Groups tab.

Smart Phone – When logged in, click your profile image at the top of the page. then click the drop-down menu arrow next to your profile image, then select Groups. If you navigate to your profile page, select the Groups tab.

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Is OutBüro a dating site?

OutBüro was not designed intending to be a dating site. The intent is to form, build and nurture the LGBTQ+ community in a professional manner and demeanor. However, might people connect on that level and also potentially spark additional interests? Sure. It happens in the office. Frankly, it happens everywhere. So like life changes where made to better allow all members be their full selves as they feel. So we do not limit that as a potential. You make all the choices and help it be all that it can be. It is you, we, us – connected.

We did recently implement a paid member model, added the ability for paying member to also have the option of being an affiliate and do what they do best – shine. This could provide a growing sustainable income to their potential. We’ve also recently added the Group Category feature to help members find groups that best interest them. Persons choose groups they are a member of. There is a member and content reporting. Just 3 reports and the content within the community is publically not available awaiting moderation. Choose your groups and leave those not suited for you.

Be safe and be aware that there are many scammers and phisher out there who try to take advantage of others. On some other sites, you may get contacted by a profile with an attractive photo who is claiming to be searching for their soul mate. They cannot travel because they are on a ship, or a service member stationed somewhere. Soon, if allowed, they ask you to buy online gift cards, take photos of them and text them. Hello, this is about extorting money from you. Be very cautious on any online platform.

If you believe such activity is happening on this site, REPORT the content and user profile. See the following:

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Control Your Experience

We are striving to build an online global LGBTQ+ community with robust features welcoming you to be your whole self. You control what, who, how, when, etc. on OutBüro.

Why not?

But before that here are some recently adopted site member subscription models to really partner with the full community for anyone wanting to thrive together. We now offer everyone or entity (business, charity, non-profit, NGO, PAC, political campaign if doable, organization, etc.) the ability to earn a side income in a few ways.

We think you are talented, unique, creative, informed, a constant seeker, a connector, and a doer.

So why not allow you to earn a good portion of the membership revenue by sharing the site/app. That’s optional as well as earning by submitting articles for the site such as news, informative, press releases, educational, promotional, commentary, investigative, lifestyle, entertainment, announcements, etc.

Let’s get connected and do amazing things.

Smoking hot

As of May 2022 in addition to the broadening of the site, we also implemented a cloud architecture. What does that mean for you? Version 1.0 in the US and Canada would fully load in a whopping 12-17 seconds. Trimming our features and focusing on the core along with many other technical changes the site is now in the United States and Canada fully loaded in .5-1 second. Sure lots of variables, but from turtle to rabbit. All for you. So get connected. Get started today.

I like options

As a Yearly/Monthly subscribing member on OutBüro you can:

  • how you appear (real name, fake name, user name)
  • change your email address/user name/password at any time
  • make your profile stand out with a profile avatar (headshot or other) and a cool profile cover/header image
  • control the visibility of your profile
  • control the visibility of each profile field
  • choose what profile fields you complete
  • control the visibility of every post/content you share
  • control your email & on-site/app notifications and/or weekly activity digest
  • search members
  • control if your profile is/not displayed in members’ listings/search results
  • control who you accept connection/friend requests from
  • remove connections/friends
  • choose who you follow/unfollow
  • control if others can “like” your profile
  • block others
  • reporting content posted by others
  • create/join/leave groups
  • turn direct messaging on/off
  • control if anyone or just connections/friends can direct message you
  • share images and Giphy in direct messages
  • share your favorite Giphy in the community/groups activity stream, and comments
  • use #hashtag (alpha/numeric)
  • use the @ symbol to mention others
  • Create polls
  • react to, reshare, save, and engage with other member’s content
  • schedule community/group posts
  • add moods to your community/group posts
  • add a location to your community/group posts
  • sort the community and group activity streams
  • share media such as images/video/audio including sharing/posting your live stream from major live streaming platforms
  • post news, announcements, articles, and press releases through your publishing dashboard
  • potentially earn an income by posting original (your) articles for the site’s general blog and monitoring article traffic stats, and funds due/paid
  • potentially earn a residual income through promoting the site as those you introduce it to subscribe to a Yearly/Monthly membership and monitor all activity through your affiliate dashboard
  • upgrade your membership from free to subscription or monthly to yearly at anytime
  • export your community data
  • delete your account

Holy-ga-moly, that’s not even an exhaustive list.

Check out the Knowledge Base for user guides, FAQ, site policies, and more as we are adding more often. The site/app is very intuitive. If you have any questions, issues/problems, or concerns you may reach out via the Contact Us form.

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Down low? Bruh, we got ya.

Today for many reasons people around the country and world are secretly gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. This is commonly known as being on the Down Low or DL for short. Everyone needs to feel safe, welcomed, and able to connect with others. They want and need to explore the LGBTQ+ community on their terms right where they are.

On OutBuro.com we got you

The OutBüro social community for the LGBTQ+ community understands this and has the ability for you to be as out, loud, and proud as you’d like or as DL as you like. It is up to you and you can change your profile settings at any time.

If you choose, you can even have two profiles on OutBuro.com. You might use one profile account to interact with general and professional groups and maybe leverage the ability to earn a passive residual income with our referral/affiliate program. Perhaps a second account that uses either a fake name or a user name like “DallasBear77” to explore all the gay/bi/trans/queer male-centric groups – as an example. There are many groups covering gender/sexuality, regional, lifestyle, hobbies, and more. Check out the Joining and Creating Groups article.

It’s your choice. If you choose to use more than one account each would require a unique email address and a Yearly or Monthly membership plan for full site access, but it’s your choice. You decide.

Get Connected on the DL

The first method is to use a fake name. You can create a fake profile first and last name when initially setting up your new OutBuro.com account, or change your name at any time. You may also change the account/profile associated email address at any time too.

To manage your Profile Preferences including general privacy settings and how your name or user name will appear on the site/app, navigate to your Profile, then your About tab, and next select the Preferences sub-tab. Here’s a Knowledge
The base article that goes into it in detail – Site/App Preferences.

Note that you also control the visibility of every field on a field by field basis – public, site members, friends/connections only or only you. You may also control the visibility of nearly everything you post. Again, please check out the Knowledge Base to learn more.

Membership Plan Subscription

Note that accessing your full profile, like groups, and connecting with other members requires a Yearly/Monthly membership plan. If you signed up with only the Free plan, while logged in from the top menu choose Memberships and then select the plan you’d like.

Like any platform that has a user-made-up profile name and paid membership, your site user name is what others on the site see. To process your membership payment your real name and other required information required by the payment processer is required. On OutBuro.com the membership system is separate from the community system.

Got Questions?

Be sure to check out our growing user/member support Knowledge Base. If you have additional questions, use the Contact Us form and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.