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1. What is The Greater IBM Connection?

The Greater IBM Connection is the official IBM Alumni Relations program - a global business and professional community bringing together current and former IBMers from around the world to generate ideas, collaborate, and connect. Join today to strengthen your network of contacts, keep up with the latest news and career advice, and be part of the conversation. Click the ‘Community Channels’ tab to learn more about how to join and participate in the community on a variety of social networks.

2. How can I join the community?

Check the ‘Community Channels’ tab for more details on how to join The Greater IBM Connection community on a variety of social networks. Please note that for LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, you must have accounts on these networks first before you can join The Greater IBM Connection community. You can learn more about how to set up an account at each of these social networks at their Help Centers below:

3. What is the IBM ID and do I need it?

The IBM ID, or IBM Registration, is your single point of access to both the IBM and Lenovo web sites, as well as all IBM web applications that use IBM Registration. For The Greater IBM Connection, if you would like to add your blog or Facebook page to The Greater IBM Connection Portal feeds, you will need to register for an IBM ID at this link, and join The Greater IBM Connection Portal. Once you have joined, you will be able to add your blog or Facebook page to the Member Feeds section via the ‘Manage Feeds’ link. To learn more about the IBM ID, click here to go to the FAQ page.

4. Where can I see Greater IBM News?

There are a few places you can see news about your fellow Greater IBMers.

5. How do I see and apply for jobs?

6. How can I connect with other Greater IBMers who share my interests?

The LinkedIn group is the best place to find and grow connections with other Greater IBMers. You can grow your existing network of professional and personal contacts by inviting Greater IBMers to connect with you. To find Greater IBMers that share your interests, go to the Members tab of the LinkedIn group and type a keyword that matches your interest (for example ‘social media’). When you find Greater IBMers you would like to connect with, select the ‘Connect’ button to invite them to connect with you.
If you are new to LinkedIn, these resources also may be helpful:

(Note: The Greater IBM Connection on LinkedIn is not open to contractors. If you are a current contractor who is a former IBM employee, register as FORMER IBM employee).

7. How can I find a local group in my area?

For more information on local communities, or to start one of your own, check out the Local Connections section of the blog.

8. How can I share my news with the community?

There are a few ways you can share your news with your fellow Greater IBMers

  • In the LinkedIn group group, you can share news or promote something such as a company, product, or service, by posting it under the Promotions tab. Alternatively, if you have a topic you’d like to discuss with group members, post it under the Discussions tab. (Please note that any commercial or promotional content posted under the Discussions tab will be moved to the Promotions tab by the community administrators).
  • To ensure that your Twitter posts appear on The Greater IBM Connection portal, use the hashtags #greateribm or #ibmalumni. Posts that include either or both of these hashtags will appear in the Tweets section. To add your blog or Facebook page to the Member Feeds section of the portal, you can add it via the ‘Manage Feeds’ link once you have created an IBM ID and joined the portal (read more about that above under ‘3. What is the IBM ID and do I need it?’)
  • If you have a story that is relevant to the community that you would like us to feature on the blog, you can send us an

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