Using user profiles

Use your profile to express who you are to your community. If you have something you want the community to know about you, add it to one of the cards that can be found here.

Your profile also shows everyone what you've been working on, who you're connected to, the recognition you've been getting, and the groups you've most recently visited.

Setting up your profile

Setting up your profile is the first step to participating in the community.

Your user profile provides community members with an easy way to learn about your skills and interests. Your profile shows up in search results when community members search for keywords contained in your profile. You can update your information at any time.

To set up your profile:

  1. Go to Your Avatar > Edit profile in the upper right corner.
  2. On the Avatar or Photos tab, change your avatar and manage your photos.
    Your avatar and other photos let people see and recognize you in person. Your avatar lets community members quickly associate your comments and status updates with a simple visual cue.
  3. On the Profile Details tab, fill in as much profile information as you like.
    Note that your profile can found when people search, so if you have professional roles or interests that would be useful for others to know about, you should include them. You may not be able to edit certain fields, such as username. Usually, the community manager sets up these fields for you.
  4. On the Privacy tab, edit your privacy settings.
    These control how different types of users see your profile. For more information on privacy settings, see Setting up content visibility options.
  5. Click Finished.
The profile is set up and becomes available in search.

Adding and endorsing skills

You feature skills on your profile by adding them, and you endorse other user's skills by going to their profiles.

Skills not only provide more information about others in your community, but they also tag people with those skills, so when you search the community for users, you can filter by skills.

To add skills to your own profile:

  1. Go to Your Avatar > View Profile to view your profile.
  2. Under Skills, click New skill and type your skills.

    Select a tag, or create a new one—just type a word or phrase and press Enter to turn it into a tag.

  3. Click Add to save your skills.

To endorse the skills of another user:

  1. Go to their profile.
  2. Under Skills, click Endorse and type their skills.
  3. Click Endorse to save the skills.

Community users need to accept new endorsements via an Inbox notification before they show up in their profile. You can see new skill alerts in your activity once community users approve endorsements. To back up an existing endorsement, click the plus sign next to the skill listed in their Skills card.

Setting up content visibility options

If you're concerned about privacy, you can limit who sees different parts of your profile by editing your privacy settings.

To limit profile visibility:

  1. Go to Your avatar > Edit Profile.
  2. Go to the Privacy tab.
  3. For each profile field, select who can view it.

    If you select everyone, then all users can see the contents of that field. Your community administrator may control who sees certain fields, such as those without a Visible to option.

  4. Take a look at how others can see your profile by using the Preview your profile tool in the upper right corner of the page.
  5. Click Finished to save the changes.