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Frequently Asked Questions

As you’re familiarizing yourself with The Greater IBM Connection’s new look, feel, and experience, here are answers to questions you may have.

Still have questions? If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact us here.

What is The Greater IBM Connection portal?

The Greater IBM Connection portal is a dashboard of all the social media feeds that pertain to the community, as well as the place where you can find the links to join these sites. The feeds can come from The Greater IBM Connection, teams within IBM, or member blogs.

If you would like to search for feeds by a keyword, you can either click on the keywords in the Topics area on the right, or type your keyword into the search box and click ‘Filter’ to filter the feeds by your keyword.

How can I maximize my experience with The Greater IBM Connection community?

The first thing to do is to join our LinkedIn Group. (For detailed instructions, see question #3)

Next, get an IBM ID. Click here or copy and paste the following link into your browser, https://www.ibm.com/account/profile/us?page=reg, complete the required fields, and click Submit.

For questions on the IBM ID, click here or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.ibm.com/account/profile/us?page=faqhelp#1

To be part of the discussion on The Greater IBM Connection portal, simply include the hashtags #greateribm or #ibmalumni to your Twitter posts. 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.

How do I join The Greater IBM Connection LinkedIn Group?

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

If you already are on LinkedIn, but are not a member of The Greater IBM Connection Group:

Click here to join The Greater IBM Connection LinkedIn Group.

If you do not yet have a profile on LinkedIn

If you are NOT yet a member of LinkedIn, click here to join.

Once you have joined LinkedIn, click here for The Greater IBM Connection Group.

How do I follow The Greater IBM Connection on Facebook and Twitter?

Go to our Facebook page and click the Like button

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Visit our Twitter page and click the Follow button.



How do I see and apply for jobs?

You can search for IBM jobs on the Jobs tab in the LinkedIn Group.

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Where can I see Greater IBM news?

You can see news about your fellow Greater IBMers in the Discussions and Promotions tabs of our LinkedIn Group

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Are there ways to share my news with the community?

To share your news with fellow Greater IBMers on LinkedIn, post it under the Promotions tab. If you have a topic you’d like to discuss with group members, post it under the Discussions tab instead.

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 those 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.

How can I connect with more Greater IBMers?

If you’re already a member of the LinkedIn Group, you can grow your existing network of professional and personal contacts by inviting Greater IBMers to connect with you.
(Note: The Greater IBM Connection is not open to contractors. If you are a current contractor who is a former IBM employee, register as FORMER IBM employee).

Start by searching for the Greater IBMer you want to connect with, using the Search field at the top right of the LinkedIn Group page.

Add Connections.People.Advanced

Find the current or former IBMer you want to invite to connect by typing his or her name into the People field:

Jacelin Swenson Manager at IBM

Open the person’s profile by clicking the name:

Jacelin Swenson Manager at IBM.Washington D.C Metro Area/Computer Software

Then select the Connect button:

Connect

At the next screen, choose the appropriate radio button, write a note if you like, and then click the Send Invitation button at the bottom of the screen:

Send invitation

Share the group with IBM friends and colleagues by clicking the Share group link.

Share group/Group rules

This gives you two options: you can either Share on LinkedIn, or Invite Others.

Share on LinkedIn Invite Others

See LinkedIn’s Help Center for more information

How do I start or join a discussion?

You can start your own discussion, or join an ongoing one, by clicking the Discussions tab in the LinkedIn Group and posting your item there.

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Why is The Greater IBM Connection moving to a social media environment?

You’ve asked us to go where you are, put you in touch with more Greater IBMers around the world, and to make these connections more intuitive.

We listened. And we’re putting your requests into action. We have established this portal to help you find the places where The Greater IBM Connection has a presence, on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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