Taking advantage of communications features on MSP2
A portal is like a big house with lots of windows, doors, hallways, and rooms. There are many ways to get into the house. You can walk in the front door, come in through the garage, climb the trellis up to the second floor, crawl in an open window. And the best thing is that all methods of getting into this house are legal (well, unless you hack your way in!).
Anyway...there are also numerous ways to get information and communicate with others on the site. Here are just a few:
1. Select "Follow" at the bottom of a discussion page. When you select "Follow," you will receive a message in you email whenever someone posts something on that discussion. You can also "Stop following" at any time.
2. Joining a "Group" enables more targeted, specific conversation. You can also "Send Message" to your group. So if you have a resource or great idea you want to share, or a question or need with which you need some help, you can send a shout out to everyone on that group.
3. You can "Share" blog posts, forum discussions, and group discussions with others--either inside or outside of MSP2. Just click the "share" icon at the bottom of the post, and you'll get a dialog box where you can choose to share via a social networking site (e.g., Twitter, Facebook), by sending an email, or by selecting from your MSP2 "Friends." This is a great way to engage other colleagues and friends of yours whom, you think, might be interested in a conversation.
4. Ask to become "friends" with folks on MSP2--perhaps people who are in the same group that you are in, or people who are engaged in a discussion in which you are taking part. This way you'll have another ready group of folks that you can send a message to when you are looking for help or advice. It also allows you to be more accessible to others to help them.
5. Go ahead and try it! Ever wonder, "Should I post this as a discussion? Or should I post this as a blog entry? Or, should I start a discussion in group?" Remember the house analogy? There are many ways and places to get into conversation. If you're not certain where the best place is, post the question or share the resource or idea in several places. No harm in that!