It’s no secret, how we network our business communities has changed. While we still like to meet face to face, more increasingly, we are meeting and engaging online and through social networks before we get to meet up in the real world. Even Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People has been updated with a new edition for the digital age.
So, if you’ve just signed up to AlgoMe Community – we would like to extend a warm (virtual) welcome from the team – and help you get started on your way to building your own social network and community here.
Signing up for an online community can be daunting but it doesn’t need to be difficult. No doubt you’re among the 4 billion or so people on the planet already using social media today, but if you’re not, it’s pretty easy to pick up as you will see.
Here’s your guide to getting started on AlgoMe Community
Getting your profile ready:
So, you’ve registered yourself on the community now, here’s a few pointers on how to make your presence felt:
1. Add a profile photo – upload the photo you want to use – probably best stick to head and shoulders and quite recent. You will most likely bump in to people at events and at mentoring meetings so always best to make sure you are recognisable.
2. Complete your profile information – how much information you wish to add is up to you, but we recommend completing at least your current position and something about your areas of interest and knowledge.
Getting to know the community:
Now you’ve completed your profile, you’re ready to start having a look around and seeing what’s on offer and how to get involved.
Don’t be afraid to write something. While it’s often the first message or post which is the hardest, once that is out of the way, it’s much easier to share and connect. A good starting point is to post a message with something along the lines of ‘Hi I’m the newbie’ and you’ll find people wanting to say hello and find out more about you or the comment(s) you have made.
What’s happening in the community:
There is a wealth of features you can get stuck into. Across the AlgoMe Community home page, you’ll see a blue navigation bar with different areas which are:
Articles – here you can also read from our extensive library of industry topics which have already been published. Feel free to share these outside of the community through Twitter or LinkedIn, or leave a comment on the article.
Discussions – this is the place to go if you want to ask a question or share knowledge. It can be anything from Brexit through to City charity runs.
Mentoring – we are offering our community access to experienced industry professionals with an interest in helping people like you through mentoring. To get involved, you will need to complete a short profile here to be able to participate in Mentoring and this is a great place to find people in your industry outside of your usual circle who may be able to help.
Groups – some Discussions have become so big they have their own groups which you are free to join and participate in. If you would like to set up your own group, let us know and we’ll help you do that.
Events – we have a calendar of industry events and if you are holding events, please feel free to add them to the calendar.
Member Blogs - want to share your views? Create your own blog and publish it in AlgoMe Community.
Activity Streams – if you’d like to customise what content you see from the community you can do so here. Want to only see content from members you follow? Easy. Want to filter out content that you’ve already read? No problem. You can even set a different stream to be your homepage.
Keeping up to date with the community:
Have a look at the right-hand column, and you’ll see it is pretty feature rich and extremely useful for an at a glance guide to what’s happening across the community. Here are some of the features you’ll see.
Latest articles – read the latest blogs and articles posted by the community, you can leave likes on these too.
Trending topics – this wordcloud gives you a visual update of what’s the hottest topic or topics in the community.
Popular Contributors – this is a dynamic scoreboard of who is producing the best content in the community. If you’re publishing, posting and engaging, who knows, it might be you at the top of the chart.
Newest Members – feel free to connect with new members and welcome them on board. You can follow each other so you’ll be notified when they post new content or exchange private messages.
Downloads - this area is for industry White Papers and Publications which we feel are useful to everyone. If you would like to publish content here, please let us know.
Upcoming Events – you will find a good selection of industry and industry related events here.
We hope you enjoy your time on the AlgoMe Community and grow your connections too. If there is anything else you would like assistance on or would like to suggest improvements and enhancements, please get in touch via the Support page. We also welcome articles on how to network and grow so please feel free to post!