The HELLO Community is a powerful social networking site (like Facebook or LinkedIn) that has been custom designed for higher education administrators. This section of the site provides a directory of all our members, members arranged by location and displayed on a map so you can find those close to you, and a chronicle of all of the members activity on the site. It is also where you manage the information you want to share with the community and your communications with other community members. This is explained in greater detail in the About My Stuff section lower down in the menu.
Help us get to know you
HELLO is much more than a web site it is a community. That means we have to have mechanisms to get to know each other and we need your help to achieve this. Please complete your member profile (see the My Stuff link in this menu) by sharing information about yourself.
Members may wish to make contact with you outside the HELLO Community, so email, social networking and video conferencing information can be provided. We also ask that you share your location information so we can help members form local networks by finding HELLO Community members who are nearby plus its just neat to see where our members are in the World. We prefer that you do not provide your street information unless you really wish to do so. With the exception of your location and affiliation which are visible to everyone, you can determine who can see the above information – everyone, only you, members, or just friends. The HELLO Community does not share any member information with anyone but its own members and you control that access.
Create your own network of friends and colleagues
Once you have created your profile you can start to connect with members. Take a look at the complete membership roster or find members by their affiliation group or location. Click on a members name in either list to see their profile. You will also notice that in the lists and in the profile you can:
- Follow/unfollow a member – useful if you like what they have to say in articles or blog posts.
- Send a friendship request to a member and unfriend them later if you wish. This exposes additional more private information to the friend.
- Send a compliment – lets members know you appreciate the resources or knowledge they have shared with the community.
- Send either a private or public message (these messages will show up on the [Messages] tab of their profile where they can respond privately to you).
- If you are a group administrator you can invite a member to join your group.
All of these mechanisms are designed to help you connect with other members so please use them liberally.