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How to Use the Community Features

The Academy Online Community is a place for user-generated content, offered as a knowledge-sharing tool for all members. Content in this section is not vetted by Academy staff (except for technical problems). Use your own knowledge, common sense and research when evaluating content shared in the online community. If you see or suspect a problem, flag the content for review with the "Report Abuse" link that appears with all user-generated content. E-mail community@aao.org if you have questions or need help.

Persona

Blogs

Photos and Videos

About Personas
Your persona is your “face” in the Academy Online Community. Within your persona, you can include a picture of yourself that will display with most of the content that you post. You also can provide a short bio or description of yourself and your interests, start your own blog, create photo galleries and connect with friends and colleagues.

As an Academy member you don’t need to create your persona – it’s automatically created the first time you enter the community or view comments elsewhere on the site. However, the persona will only contain your name until you add more about yourself. It’s up to you to add details like a picture, brief bio and so on.

More detailed information about the features of personas are below. If you have problems or questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail community@aao.org for more help.

  Member Profile Persona
What it shows Name, subspecialty, office location (e-mail only to fellow members) Name as shown in member profile. Optional: picture, bio, location (e.g., city)
Who can see it Colleagues, Find an Eye M.D. users Academy members
Features Map display of your office, searchable by name, location, or subspecialty Photo-sharing, recent activity (e.g., comments you’ve made and posts by your friends), messages others have left for you

Note: Other than your name, information from your Academy member profile is not included in your persona. This allows you full control of your community presence without affecting your Member Directory listing.

Persona Features
Basic Information

  1. Go to your persona by clicking the link on "My Community" button when you are in the community area. Then click Edit Persona from the links to the left of your name.
  2. Provide as much or as little information as you like. Remember that the more information you fill in, the easier it may be for your colleagues to find you in the Academy Online Community.

Note: Public messages are notes that other members leave for you on your persona. They are displayed in the Public Messages tab of your page. Public messages are visible to any member who views your profile.

Private messages are only visible to the recipient, and are stored with the recipient's persona. The recipient will be notified by e-mail when they receive a private message through the Academy Online Community.

Connecting with Friends and Colleagues
You can link your persona to those of your friends and colleagues. Friends are listed on your persona page so you can easily find out where they have been active in the community — what they’ve been commenting on and so forth.

  1. To start searching the community for friends and colleagues, click the "People" button in the main community navigation.
    Note: Not all Academy members will have a persona. Personas are automatically created when an Academy member views or posts a comment anywhere on the Academy Web site, or upon entering the Academy Online Community for the first time. If you cannot find the person you are looking for, and are certain you are spelling his or her name correctly, that member may not have been active on the Academy site recently. Send him or her a personal message with an invitation to participate.
  2. The friends tab in your persona lists your current friends, any pending friend requests and allows you to send messages to your contacts.
  3. On another user's persona page, click the “Add as a friend” link in the left-hand column. A message will be sent to the member, asking him or her to approve or reject your request.
  4. After the request is approved, you and your colleagues will appear on each other’s friends list.

You can also find friends and colleagues to connect with from the main community page.

  1. To get started, search for the member from the search box on the main community page. Make sure to select "Users" from the drop-down list in the search box.
    Note: Not all Academy members will have a persona. Personas are automatically created when an Academy member views or posts a comment anywhere on the Academy Web site, or upon entering the Academy Online Community for the first time. If you cannot find the person you are looking for, and are certain you are spelling his or her name correctly, that member may not have been active on the Academy site recently. Send him or her a personal message with an invitation to participate.
  2. Once you have found the community member you would like to connect with, click the “Add me as a friend” link below their name. A message will be sent to the member, asking him or her to approve or reject your request.
  3. After the request is approved, you and your colleagues will appear on each other’s friends list.

 

Synching Your Persona with Other Sites
If you already have a Facebook or Twitter account –or at any time after you create one – you can share information between your persona and either of those accounts through the Facebook/Twitter tab on your persona. When connecting your persona to Facebook, note that only Academy members have access to the Academy Online Community. Facebook friends who are not Academy members will not be able to interact with you in the Academy Online Community.

About Blogs
A blog is an interactive communication tool (usually either a Web site or a distinct part of a Web site), often providing running commentary or reportage on specific topics and events, either in the world, the author's life, or both.

Blogs are sometimes characterized as a kind of diary, but the style depends on the author(s). Many newspapers use blogs to provide live coverage of events before the information can be presented in the more organized structure of a news story or editorial.

  • Blogs usually have a main page, where entries are displayed (in full or in part) in reverse chronological order – the most recent entry at the top. The URL for this page never changes, but the content that appears will constantly change, depending on how frequently the blog is updated. (Typically, a blog's main page displays only a few of the most recent posts, a number that some blogging applications allow the author to set.)
  • Each entry also appears on a specific page, automatically generated by the blog software or management system. The full text of the entry always appears on this page, the URL of which is sometimes referred to as the "permalink," because the text of the page never changes. 
  • Blogs may include text, photos and links to outside Web sites.
  • Blog entries vary in range significantly, from short, pithy posts that mainly refer readers to a recommended article (sometimes with a salient quote from the piece) to lengthy reports or analyses that are more akin to editorials or columns. Many blogs also contain a mix of post formats and lengths.
  • Comments typically play a large role in blogs, enabling a back-and-forth conversation among the author(s) and readers.

Blogs on AAO.org
Each group may have a blog if they wish. Depending on the choices of the group’s administrator, group blogs may be open to postings from all, some or none of the other community members.

Most posts can be commented on by any member who has access to view the post. Members have the ability to determine if they want to review and approve comments made on their Persona blog before they appear, or if comments appear automatically.

How-To: Group Blogs
Only group members can post content to that group's blog.
  1. From a group’s main page, look for a link to “View more blog posts.”
  2. Click the “Add a Post” button. If you do not see this button, you do not have permission to post blog entries in this group. Contact the group’s administrator to discuss permission to post.
    If you do have access to post to the blog:
    1. Title your post.
    2. Enter a few key words in the “Tags” section to describe the topic of the post. Tags should be one or two words, separated by commas. Tags assist your fellow members in finding topics of interest to them. For example, a blog post about a new glaucoma surgical procedure originating at the Wilmer Eye Institute might be tagged with glaucoma, surgery, procedure, research, test, Wilmer, Institute, Johns Hopkins.
    3. Enter the text of your blog post in the “Post” section. You may find it helpful to compose your blog post in a word processor and then paste in your finished text. You may also include images and links in your post, using the tools that appear at the bottom of the “Body” section.
    4. Press “Publish” to make your blog entry visible to the public of group members, depending on the group’s access settings.
  3. You may also edit blog posts that you have already published, using the same procedures as for a new blog post. Just look for the “Edit” link below any posts you have created previously. Bear in mind, however, that some bloggers/blog readers frown up subsequently editing posted content. If made, such changes are sometimes noted at the top of the post with a note about the update and the time it was made.
About Photos and Videos
Each group has a photo gallery and a video gallery. Photos may also be included in blog posts and discussion threads. Each community member may also upload photos to their personal photo gallery. There are file-size limitations on photos and videos, to ensure Web site stability and improve access speed for members.

As with all content you share in the online community, you are responsible for the legality and appropriateness of photos and videos that you post. Your actions must be HIPAA compliant, and not violate copyrights held by anyone else. Linking from your post or content to copyrighted content outside the Academy site is permissible. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the Academy Community Guidelines before uploading your content.  

How-To: Group Photo and Video Galleries
Only group members can post content to that group's photo or video gallery.
  1. On a group’s main page, look for the “Recent Photos” and “Recent Videos” tabs.
  2. Click the link to “View more photos” or “View more videos.”
  3. Click the “Upload Your Photos” or “Upload Your Videos” button. If you do not see this button, you do not have permission to upload content in this group. Contact the group’s administrator to discuss access permission. If you do have access to upload photos and videos:
    1. Click “Browse for Photos” or “Browse for Videos” and locate the file on your computer. After clicking on the name, click “Open.” You may find and upload more than one file at a time, but are limited to five files per upload.
    2. Once you have added all of the files that you wish to upload, and they are all showing in the list on the page, click “Upload.”
    3. Fill in the required information.
      1. Enter a title and briefly describe the media you are uploading.
      2. Enter a few key words in the “Tags” section to describe the image or video. Tags should be one or two words, separated by commas. Tags assist your fellow members in finding topics of interest to them. For example, a video about an experimental glaucoma surgical procedure originating at the Wilmer Eye Institute might be tagged with “video, glaucoma, surgery, procedure, research, test, Wilmer, Institute, Johns Hopkins.”
    4. Press “Save Photo” or “Save Video.”

You may also edit information for, or delete, files that you have uploaded from this area of the site.

How-To: Individual Photo Galleries
Within your community persona, you can create and manage multiple photo galleries. NOTE: Unless you specifically limit access to your persona, all personal galleries are open to viewing and commenting by all other community members. Individuals cannot upload videos to their community persona. 

To get started uploading photos in your community persona:

  1. Log in to the Academy site, if not already logged in.
  2. If you're not already in the Community section, click "Community" in the top navigation. Then click "My Community" in the sub-navigation.
  3. Now you're in your persona, click the Photos tab underneath your persona photo and personal information. This tab displays all of your photo-related activity anywhere on the site – photos uploaded to any groups, or to your community persona.
  4. Click “Create a new gallery” next to the “My Galleries” heading. You must create at least one gallery first, to hold any photos you want to upload.
  5. Enter the required information for the gallery – name, description and tags.
  6. Click “Create Gallery.” Once the Gallery is created, you can upload photos to it.
    1. Click on the Gallery to enter it.
    2. Click “Upload photos to this gallery.”
    3. After agreeing to the Terms of Service, click “Choose File” to locate the image you want to upload.
    4. Fill in the required information.
      1. Enter a title and briefly describe the image that you are uploading.
      2. Enter a few key words in the “Tags” section to describe the image. Tags should be one or two words, separated by commas. Tags assist your fellow members in finding topics of interest to them. For example, an image of an experimental glaucoma surgical procedure originating at the Wilmer Eye Institute might be tagged with glaucoma, surgery, procedure, research, test, Wilmer, Institute, Johns Hopkins.
    5. Press “Submit.”

You may also edit images in your personal galleries from this section.

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