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!