Viewing profiles

View profiles to find contact and work-related information for people, and connect with them in different ways.

In addition to contact details and work background, a profile provides rich, social information about a person that can help you decide if you want to connect with them. You can find out how you are related to the person, what you have in common, view their latest status updates, and keep up with what they've been doing lately in the other applications.

You can also connect with people directly from their profile. For example, you can email them, invite them to join your network, or follow them. When Sametime® awareness is enabled, the person's online status is displayed, and you can start an instant chat with them directly from their profile.
Note: The IBM® Connections Plug-in for Sametime must be installed for this information to display.

View a person's profile to find the following information:

Send Email
Click to send the profile owner an email, or simply learn their email address if it is not specified in their contact information.
Invite to My Network
Click to send a message to the profile owner, inviting them to join your network and begin to share information. Optionally select to also follow their status updates and message posts.
Download vCard
Click to download and store the profile owner's virtual business card (vCard) data. A vCard is a file that stores basic contact information following the Internet Mail Consortium specification. You can add new contacts by using your email system to import vCard files.
Follow
Select to have the profile owner’s status updates and message posts appear as messages on your own profile page under the Recent Updates tab.
Recent Updates
Click to display the latest posts to the profile owner's status and message board. This information includes the profile owner's recent status messages and comments that other users have posted to the profile owner's message area. You can control the types of posts that are displayed by clicking Filter By and making a selection.
Contact Information
Click to display basic information business card information, such as name and email addresses, as specified in the user’s profile page.
Note: Your administrator can configure IBM Connections to prevent email addresses from being displayed, in which case email addresses do not display in a person's profile or business card.
Background
Click to display the content that the user has specified in the About me, and optionally the Background, sections of their profile page. Typically this includes work experience, technical skills, languages spoken, and education. It may also contain personal information such as hobbies or any other information that the profile owner has created and wants to share.
Tags
Tags are short keywords used to identify the profile owner's skills, areas of interest, or work activities. These tags can be added by the profile owner or by another person.
Things in Common
This section displays items such as files and activities that you have in common with the person whose profile you are viewing. This information can help you decide if you want to connect with the person and invite them to join your network. For more information, see Using the Things in Common widget.
Note: You must be logged in to see content in the Things in Common widget.
Pronunciation
The pronunciation link is displayed if the profile owner has created an audio file and uploaded it to the profile. Click the link to play a recording of the person's name with the correct pronunciation.
Who Connects Us?
This section displays contacts that link you and the profile owner. Viewing information is a useful way to see how you are connected to a particular person. For more information, see Using the Who Connects Us widget
Note: You must be logged in to see information about the social path that exists between you and the profile owner.
Report-to-Chain
This area shows the profile owner's position in the organizational hierarchy, from the profile owner up to the top of the organizational chart.
Choose one of the following options to open additional information about the people in the reporting structure:
Table 1. Reporting structure views
View Description
Full Report-to Chain Opens a page that shows basic information about the people in the organizational hierarchy, from the profile owner up to the top of the organizational chart.
Same Manager Opens a page that shows basic information about the people who also report to the profile owner's manager.
People Managed Opens a page that shows basic information about the people that the profile owner manages.
Network
This area shows a selection of the people in the profile owner's network. You can click View All to display a full list of the people in the profile owner's network. You an also click a network member name or image to open their profile page.
My Links
This area contains external links that profile owners include as part of their profile. You can click Add Link to add links to your profile.



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