A public Card is a Guru Card that can be accessed by anyone with just the link — no login is needed. Anyone with the link can view this entire Card, including its images and files, even if they are outside of your Guru team. This means that you can share knowledge in Guru with everyone from your friends, business partners, LinkedIn followers, and everyone in between.
What can Public Cards be used for?
There are lots of possibilities for how your team can leverage Public Cards, here are a few:
Reference Lists (example: Guru's Official Guide to Philly): Keeping a list in a public Card allows you to send out one link that always has the most accurate information—making it a living, breathing reference for your readers.
Thought Leadership Content Lists: You’ve put out a ton of content, from conference talks to articles to LinkedIn posts. You want to share your valuable knowledge with the world. Keep it all linked in a Card so that people can access your thought leadership knowledge.
Company-Wide Announcement Emails or Policies: Give your team the bite-sized knowledge they need more efficiently by sharing it in a public Card versus an email that goes stale as soon as it’s sent.
Sales assets to Prospects: Send external assets and decks to prospects that are up to date, rich in relevant information, and all live one in place for easy reference and the ability to share across a team.
Helpful Resources for your Customers: Send best practices, announcements, and Help Center articles to your customers in one Guru Card to package information that is easy to access.
Enabling a Collection's Public Card Sharing setting
By default, Public Cards are turned ON for all Collections in Guru on teams created by an Admin using a business domain.
By default, Public Cards are turned OFF for all Collections in Guru on teams created by an Admin using a personal domain (i.e. gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc.) If you would like public Cards enabled, please contact Guru Support using the widget located at the bottom right-hand corner of this page, or, by emailing email@example.com.
Disabling a Collection's Public Card Sharing setting
As a Collection Owner or Admin, you can disable Public Cards on a Collection-by-Collection basis by following these steps:
Navigate to the web app and click Team Settings.
Navigate to the Collections tab. Select the ellipses icon (⋮) to the right of the Collection name and click Collection Settings.
In this view, you can un-check the box for Public Card Sharing to turn it off. You can re-check the box to enable Public Card sharing on for this Collection at any time.
Repeat these steps for all the Collections where you'd like to disable or enable Public Cards.
When disabling the Public Card feature on a Collection, any Cards that were previously made public will be reverted to only being visible to your team.
Frequently Asked Questions about Public Cards
Who can make a Card public?
Admins, Collection Owners, and Authors who have access to the Collection can make Cards public.
Can public Guru Cards surface in Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. search results?
By default, public Cards will not appear in a Google search. However, if your team uses a link to a public Card on their public site, then the Card is indexable by Google and it could come up in a search.
How randomized is the link URL for Public Cards?
A public Card URL includes a Card ID which is unique per Card. Guessing the Card titles wouldn’t be enough to gain access to a Card because users would still not have access to the Card ID. The IDs are non-sequential, case-sensitive, and have a minimum length of 8 characters.
Do public Cards display any individual user information?
Card Comments and usernames do not appear on public Cards. The public Card has the term “expert” in the place where we typically identify the verifier name.
How can I see how many Public Cards my team has?
In the Card Manager, you'll find a 'Public Card' attribute filter which you can use to locate which Cards are currently shared publicly. Remember, Card Manager will only show the Cards in the Collections you have permission to.
You can also navigate to the Collections page within Team Settings. Each Collection now has the same globe symbol which is present on a card that has been enabled for public sharing. If a Collection has had public sharing disabled you will see the following image with the globe icon grayed out.
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