To learn about accessing your personal dashboard, see "About your personal dashboard."
When you follow someone on GitHub, you will get notifications on your personal dashboard about their public activity. If someone you follow creates a new repository, stars a repository, or follows another user, the activity will display in your dashboard.
To follow someone, click Follow on a person's profile page.
For more information, see "Following people."
Watching a repository
You can subscribe to a repository to watch it and receive notifications for activity in it. When the owner updates the repository, you will see the changes in your personal dashboard. For more information, see "Viewing your subscriptions."
Click Watch at the top of a repository to watch it.
Joining the conversation
You can connect with developers around the world to ask and answer questions, learn, and interact directly with GitHub staff. To get the conversation started, see "GitHub Community Support."
Communicating on GitHub
GitHub provides built-in collaborative communication tools, allowing you to interact closely with your community when building great software. For example, you can contribute to another user's project by creating a pull request, or use issues to track bugs or suggest ideas in a repository. You can also brainstorm new ideas with your team with discussions.
For an overview of these tools, see "Communicating on GitHub."
Participating in organizations
Organizations are shared accounts where businesses and open-source projects can collaborate across many projects at once. Owners and administrators can establish teams with special permissions, have a public organization profile, and keep track of activity within the organization. For more information, see "About organizations."
From your dashboard, click the drop down menu of your username on the left side of your dashboard. Here, you can view organizations that you are a part of and easily switch between them.
Note: The ability to follow organizations is currently in public beta and subject to change.
When you follow organizations on GitHub, you'll see their public activity on your personal dashboard. This activity includes new discussions, sponsorships, and repositories.
To follow an organization, in the header of the organization's page, click Follow.
For more information, see "Following organizations."
Exploring other projects on GitHub
You can discover new and interesting projects on GitHub's Explore page. You can star interesting projects to make them easy to find again later. Visit your stars page to see all your starred projects. For more information about stars, see "Saving repositories with stars."
Your dashboard feed displays projects based on your interests including repositories you star, people you follow, and your contributions to public repositories. From your dashboard, you can see trending projects, view topics, and check out collections.
To explore more projects, see "Explore GitHub".
You are now connected to the GitHub community. There are other ways to interact and build within GitHub.
Synchronizing GitHub repositories with your computer allows you to work locally and push your changes to GitHub. For more information, see “Set up Git.”
Creating a repository for your project allows you to store code in GitHub. This provides a backup of your work that you can choose to share with other developers. For more information, see “Create a repository."
Forking a repository will allow you to make changes to another repository without affecting the original. For more information, see "Fork a repo."
GitHub connects users and allows you to interact with other projects. To learn more about contributing to someone else's project, see "Contributing to projects."
GitHub has a great support community where you can ask for help and talk to people from around the world. Join the conversation on GitHub Community.