Profile Building Tips
The first thing you’ll want to do after finishing your application is fill out your profile. It’s really simple.
- Click on your username in the top right hand corner of the screen. This will give you a drop down menu. Select Edit Profile.
- This will take you through to your Profile. Here, you can upload a photo, describe yourself and change your password. Click on the Bio field.
- In your Bio you should have a brief description of yourself. Talk about which subjects you’re interested in, what kind of career you're aiming for - you know, the usual.
- Don’t give away any personal information such as your school, your age or your full name (or any of your friends' names). We don’t want anything that might put your privacy at risk on the site.
- Add your likes and dislikes so like-minded people will be able to find you to work with you. This is a great way to get to know people quickly.
- Add a picture to your profile by clicking on the Choose File button at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve picked a file and filled everything else in you’re all done. Just hit Save. Remember, not all photographs will be appropriate for IGGY – let’s keep them tasteful, eh!
- The final thing is to remember to set your privacy settings. You can do this by clicking on the Privacy Settings tab from the left hand menu. There are three settings so you have a fair amount of control over who can see the things you produce on IGGY. If you’d like to know more, head over to the Privacy page.
So you’ve got your text in; what next? There are a bunch of different features on the new IGGY profile. Here’s a list of the things that they do:
- Overview: This is the box that houses your basic information. The Bio that you wrote in step three above and your likes and dislikes from step five will be in here along with your photo and, more interestingly, your points and level. You get points as you interact with things on the site; for example, commenting will get you 100 points. Your points add up to make the level that is displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the Overview.
- Activity Feed: This area of the profile is a great tool for getting to the stuff you care about quickly. It will display the things that your friends have been involved in, debates they’ve commented on and achievements they’ve earned. All you have to do to get stuck in is click on one of the links.
- Friends: A very simple one - any friends you have made on the site will be displayed here. Clicking View All will take you to a page where all your friends are listed. To make friends with somebody, simply head to the Members tab, find the person you’re looking for and hit Add Friend.
- Achievements: Achievements are earned by completing certain feats across the site. Completing a course, making friends or blogging might be examples of the sort of things that would earn you an achievement. They come with a lot of points attached so they’re a great way to get up the levels, and you can earn them multiple times!
- Course progress: This will display where you are in each of the courses you are taking at any one time. It’ll list Items Taken, Items Completed and Items Open, so you’ll know what you need to do to complete the course. If you’re taking more courses than you can see in the box, simply click View All to see them.
- Challenges: Last but not least, the Challenges section show’s you what particular activities, challenges and items you’ve taken. Challenges will contribute to your Course Progress. Click the challenge title to get to it from your profile.
Trivia: The Mask
As a part of their contribution to a book about virtual community development, Edinburgh University thinkers Dorian Wiszniewski and Richard Coyne discussed the concept of the Mask in online identities. Their point is that whenever we are in a situation in which we have to describe ourselves to those we may never meet, we in fact describe a projected version of ourselves as we’d like to be seen.