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.
The profile is the
user’s electronic persona, and if fully utilized, users can search for
others with common interests, roles and skills or identify topic
experts that could offer solutions to critical problems. The
applications of the profile are endless, thus supporting the utmost
need to offer a compelling profile experience with ongoing attention
paid to expanding the features and functions offered within the
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
simple, you should carefully consider the information you would like
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
or Edit my Profile
link found on various pages on our site.
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