Setting-Up Your Profile and Networking Page
Head back over to the “Forums and Discussion Boards” from the main menu -> Log-In – > Enter your Username and Password.
You’ll now notice the Members Panel has opened-up right underneath the forums.
Go ahead and click the “Member Home Page” link.
This will take you to your activity page which is similar to a Facebook wall (this is where you make posts and where your activity is recorded).
But, what you should do right away is set up your profile, so up in the right hand corner, next to the default avatar, you’ll see a little upside-down carrot.
Clicking that opens up a menu. Select -> Profile Settings.
This will bring to the “settings” area where you can set or reset the information displayed on your profile.
The profile settings section allows you to display information about yourself that let’s people know who you are.
In addition each field allows you to set the privacy for each individual piece of information. The settings are:
- Only Me
- All Members
- My Friends
Note that within the profile settings widget, there are four profile groups:
- Profile Summary
- Professional Summary
- Interests and Hobbies
- Supported Causes.
None of the fields contained within these groups are required, however they’re important for helping folks learn about what’s important to you for networking and friendship purposes.
For example, if you are involved with or manage a political action group, you can list the name of it with your website link within the “Supported Causes” group.
When you’re done setting-up and saving your profile, click the yellow box at the top of the page to take you to the activity page of your networking page. Click the “Info (i)” menu tab in the blue header above your page.
This will bring you to the information page for your profile.
Note that some of the values are in silver. This means that piece of information has been enabled with a link that will produce a member search for others who share that characteristic.
Let’s return settings so we can finish setting up your profile.
There are two ways to get back there
The first way is to use the same path we used the first time (the menu drop-down next to your avatar), and the second is by clicking the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of any of the profile headers.
Open “Account Settings”. This is where you can change your email and password, set notification settings, export your data, delete your account, see who you’ve blocked, and apply a global setting to restrict all your information to “My Friends”.
Lastly, let’s take a look at the profile widgets settings.
Widgets are little blocks of information that can be placed through-out your profile.
We currently have the following widgets enabled:
- About Me
These particular widgets will show up on your “Overview” page. Only those you choose to supply with information will be displayed, those widgets that you choose to leave blank will remain hidden.
So next, let’s install your avatar. Most folks just use a picture of themselves or their family, but it can be anything you want.
To get there, click the green button on the menu bar above profile settings.
That will bring up this page. Click the blue button to upload your profile picture.
Now, let’s wrap things up by installing your profile page header. Click the pink button in the menu bar.
Upload your header and you’re all set!
Head back to your activity page and explore the items in the header.
The colored buttons underneath the blue header menu are filters that you can use to query specific kinds of activity for yourself, your friends, and your groups.
The easiest way to think of what these filters do is as follows:
1. Personal = Your posts and activities (this is similar to your Facebook wall).
2. Friends = Will return the posts and activities of those on your friends list. So if you want to see what your friends are up to, use this filter.
3. Groups = Returns the posts and activities of your groups.