Access my profile and settings?

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Note: if you’re not sure what some of the concepts discussed here like Forums mean, these are discussed in other FAQs on this page. All of the menu items discussed below can also be accessed via the left sidebar on your Wall page.

(1) You can access your profile and settings by moving your cursor with your mouse over your account name at the upper right corner of the screen; a drop-down menu will appear (clicking your name works, too)

(2) Commands to edit your profile and log out are at the very top of the menu; Edit My Profile does exactly the same thing as the Profile submenu lower down in the menu

(3) Your data, contributions to the site, and the photos you’ve uploaded are available in the drop-down menu; each of these items has its own submenu (represented by the little arrow to the left of the menu item); move your mouse over an item to see its submenu

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The Wall is like the page you see when you click on your account name in Facebook.  It shows your activity just like on your Facebook page. You can manage your information, manage your content (posts, photos, messages, classifieds), post an update (with or without a photo), and modify your profile settings here.

The available submenu options are:

  • Wall – Your wall with your activities. Note that you can write on your friends’ walls and you can write on theirs, just like in Facebook.
  • News Feed – Shows recent activities by your friends and site wide activities
  • My Likes – Things you’ve liked, so you can access them from a central location

 

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The Profile submenu lets you view and edit your profile settings, including your profile photo and cover image (the cover image is like the image you see at the top of your profile page in Facebook).

The available submenu options are:

  • View – Shows recent activities by your friends and site wide activities
  • Edit – Allows you to change your name as it’s displayed on the site
  • Change Profile Picture – Change picture displayed in connection with your content
  • Change Cover Image – Change background image at top of your Wall page

 

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Notifications include things like mentions of you or replies to your posts, friend requests, reception of messages. In Facebook, your notifications are under the icon that looks like a little globe at the top right corner of the page. You can mark notifications read or unread, or delete them after you’ve read them.

The available submenu options are:

  • Unread – View all notifications you haven’t read yet.
  • Read – View all notifications you’ve already read

 

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You can send messages to and receive members from other site members (just like on Facebook). Messages can be starred so you can find the ones that are most important to you. This works pretty much like mail systems you use for communicating with friends & family.

The available submenu options are:

  • Inbox – Work with messages in your inbox
  • Starred – View messages that you’ve starred
  • Sent – View messages that you’ve sent
  • Compose – Write and send a new message
  • Drafts – Messages you’re working on but haven’t sent yet
  • All Member Notices – For sending a message to all site members; only site admins should see this item

 

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View your list of friends, view and reply to friendship requests from other members. You can later unfriend someone if you need to. Friending works pretty much the same way it does on Facebook.

The available submenu options are:

  • Friendships – Lists all your friends, and allows you to unfriend them
  • nn Pending Requests  – Shows how many pending friend request you have (or “No” if there are none pending); select this item to review and approve or ignore the requests.

 

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There’s no equivalent in Facebook of a forum; these are collections of discussions (called “topics”) created by you and other members. They’re organized in categories. Using this submenu, you can see what’s going on in forum topics you’ve participated in, or that you’re interested in.

The available submenu options are:

  • Topics Started – This includes topics you’ve started yourself
  • Replies Created – This includes replies you’ve created to posts created in forum topics
  • Favorite Topics – All topics you’ve tagged with the “Favorite” button above the topic
  • Subscribed Topics – All topics you’ve tagged with the “Subscribe” button; this differs from Favorites because you’re sent an email when someone posts to a subscribed topic.

 

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Manage your photos and photo albums. This is a simple photo management feature, and the Media option below does the same thing, and then some. I recommend using the Media submenu item rather than this one, since if I add new photo or video features for uploads, they’ll be available under the Media item (see below).

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Here’s where you can set how the site interacts with you, and your visibility to other members.

The available submenu options are:

  • General – Change your password and email address
  • Email – Specify what activities cause emails to be sent to you
  • Delete Account – Don’t click this unless you’re sure you want to delete your account; I don’t know how difficult it would be to restore your account, and I don’t particularly want to find out!!
  • Profile Visibility – This is currently not used, and I don’t have any plans for it at present; it’s for sites where there are additional fields associated with your profile
  • Privacy – Controls visible you and your content are to other users of the site

 

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You can upload photos and create/manage photo albums here. I might eventually allow videos, but at present you can only link to videos stored elsewhere (there’s another tutorial on this page that discusses it). This is the way I recommend folks manage their albums, since I might add new features here in the future.

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