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developerWorks on your iPhone?
When you first registered at developerWorks, a basic profile was created for you. In this blog entry, we will examine a critical area of your profile, and explore how with minimal time investment you can make this area really stand out!
From the Edit My Profile view you are presented with five selection tabs that allow you to further customize your profile. For this blog entry we we will take a deep dive into the About Me tab, which is where you describe who you are, why you joined our community, and what your goals are. These fields make up the heart of your electronic persona, and are used by the community membership to learn about you. Please take a few minutes to fill them out completely, it will make it easier for others to find and team with you, and for us on the developerWorks team to bring a better My developerWorks experience to you!
About Me is all about personalization and contains six categories that allow you to select your interests, skills, professional role, and goals for your My developerWorks experience. Plus, you have two rich text fields to further elaborate your professional expertise and personal background. This information is public and represents the real heart of your profile. It’s the basis for search and allows users to find and identify like-minded individuals. But, its also the information that we can use to further customize your experience and make logical recommendations that are relevant to your selections. Each category is covered in detail below.
Roles: Your role is important to us and other members of the community. If we understand the primary roles held by our user base we can better select technical content to support these roles on developerWorks. And just as is the case with all the information collected from you, these selections give us the basis for making relevant product, and skill development recommendations tailored to the you and your specific role. Further, if other members understand your role, they can use this information to facilitate cross-discipline teams to complete Activities or request like-minded individuals to join Groups.
I'm skilled in: Following a natural progression from roles, we ask that you identify your skills, given the likelihood that these skills support the tasks required by your role, however, they may also be unrelated. Regardless, you can identify your skills at a high level, selecting just an IBM product brand or technical topic or they can filter their selection down to specific products within the brand or themes associated with the general technical topics.
My areas of interest: Roles and skills pull from exactly the same list of IBM products and technical topics, however the context of their selection is very different. For some, their selections will be identical to skills, for others quite different. You don’t have to be skilled in a technical category to have an interest. Interests can represent technical areas in which you are knowledgeable or concepts for which your just have a general appreciation and want to learn more.
My goals: What is better to understand about our users then their goal for what they are trying to accomplish while spending time on our website? The insight we can gain from understanding your goals, allows us to build learning paths and promote themes catered to those goals. If we can understand if you are using our community to solve a problem or to connect with your peers to grow and build a skill, we are that much farther along with how we provide a solution or scenario to you.
My professional expertise & My biography and interests
The real benefit of these fields is for you the user. My professional expertise and My biography and Interests are simply the label to put your input into context, otherwise, the sky’s the limit. This is your opportunity to describe yourself in your own words. You control the formatting, can add photos, customize your input however you want, within the confines of the rich text field. You should consider this an overview of your professional life, summarizing the expertise and knowledge you have gained through training, projects, research, work history, and other business-related activities. For example, "I've worked in a variety of industries, primarily in the area of warehouse logistics. I started with barcode programming, but now I focus on wireless solutions."
Take a few minutes today to fill out the About Me section of your profile and help us bring you a better My developerWorks experience!
Your profile is your electronic
persona on developerWorks!
Its often the first step and the lowest common
denominator of the community experience, but undoubtedly, the profile
plays the most important role in a successful social network. The
more information we, as the community managers, acquire about our users,
the more we learn and this is the kind of knowledge that can pay huge
dividends to our community. But not only do we realize the benefits,
but the more that users reveal about themselves, the easier it is for
them to find others and start communicating on a one-to-one level. It
represents the most granular level of interaction.
A well thought-out profile showcases who you are, what your technical interests are, and why you have joined the developerWorks community, and this information is invaluable for everyone with a stake in the community. As a community leader, contributor, and member of our community, you should definitely encourage your peers to fill out their profiles completely.
While the actual creation of a profile is simple, you should carefully consider the information you would like to reveal about yourself. A completed profile is only as good as the quality of the information it contains. As the fields are populated, you should be cognizant of how others will use this information. Its critical to recognize that the profile is the primary vehicle that members of the community will use to find and reach out to you. Your profile should be thought of as an electronic business card. How do users want others to view you?
The first time you register with developerWorks your basic profile is created using the information collected by the registration process. You can update your profile at anytime, by clicking the Profiles link or Edit my Profile link found on various pages on our site.
This blog entry is the first in a series of "Members ask...?" I will be adding a number of blog entries to aid users in creating a robust Profile, starting a Group, and participating in Activities... so please stay tuned!