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Setting Up Your User Profile

If you click the Community tab and log in, you can set your user profile.

If you want to reset your password, change your email address, add to the tags that help people find you, upload a picture of yourself, say where you're located, or specify what appears on your public profile, you need to set your user profile settings. In addition, you can also do things like viewing a list of your mailing list subscriptions, displaying a map of your location on your public profile, listing your instant messaging IDs and social networking pages, and seeing the projects you've joined.

You do all this on the Manage Profile page, as described below under Editing Your User Profile Settings.

Viewing Your Public Profile

Your public profile is a page that provides other users with information about you. To see your public profile:

  1. Click the Community tab and, if necessary, log in.

  2. Click your username link in the right navbar to display your personal home page, your My Page.

  3. In the right navbar under Profile, click View Public Profile.

Editing Your User Profile Settings

To edit your user profile settings, open your My Page, then on the right under Profile click Edit My Profile.

The Manage Profile page opens. You select the tab that has the settings you want, such as Settings for basic information like your email address, your name, tags describing you, your status as a student, and your location, or Subscriptions to see all your email subscriptions.

Settings Tab

Changing Your Email, Name, or Country

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and enter values for Email, First Name, Last Name, or Country, then click Update. If you want any of this information to display on your public profile page, click the Privacy tab and check the fields you want others to see.

For information on the Location field, see below, Displaying a Location Map on Your Profile Page.

Note: When you change your email address, a notification is sent both to your old email address (in case you didn't make the change) and to your new one. As with an initial registration, you have to click the link in the email sent to your new address to verify the new address. Once the new address is verified, it appears in your profile. Until then, the old email address continues to be displayed.

Setting Your Student Status

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and check or uncheck the Student checkbox. With Student checked, you can optionally enter your school name to the right of the Student checkbox.

Setting Tags so People Can Search for You

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and in the Tags field enter terms that describe you or might help people find you on the site.

Networking Tab

Listing Your Instant Messaging (IM) IDs

Click the Networking tab on the Manage Profile page. You can enter up to three IM IDs under Instant Messaging Networks.

To enter an IM ID, click the droplist to the right of an entry field to choose a network, and then enter the ID you use on that network.

Note: The ID isn't your alias, but the name you use to log in to the network. For example, for Google, it would be your email,

Listing Your Social Networking or Other Sites

To list your web sites, such as a home page, blog page, or social networking page, first click the Networking tab on the Manage Profile page. You can add up to four pages under Social Networks and Other Sites.

To add a page, first select the type of site from the droplist on the right and then paste or type the site's URL in the corresponding entry field. For example, if you have a Facebook page, you can get a URL by logging into Facebook, right-clicking your username link at the top right of the page, and copying that address. In Firefox, the right-click menu item would be Copy Link Location. In Internet Explorer, you'd right-click and choose Copy Shortcut.

Image Tab

Adding a Picture to Your Profile Page

Click the Image tab on the Manage Profile page and upload an image from your local system. A square image works best, and the size can't be greater than 500K. You can remove the graphic at any time and display a generic placeholder instead.

Since the image will be cropped to a square image, you might want to work with the image in a graphics editor and make it square before you upload it. Also, an image that is at least 150 X 150 pixels will get better results than a smaller image.

For example, the following image isn't square. Here's how it looked before uploading:

And here's how it looked after being uploaded to the site and automatically cropped and resized. Note that the top of the head was cut off.

One way to make this image look better is to edit it before you upload it. If you crop it to a square image and center the part you think is important, you're more likely to see what you want on the site. Here's how it looked after first cropping it in an image editor and then uploading it to the site:

Password Tab

Changing Your Password

Click the Password tab on the Manage Profile page and enter your current password, then enter your new password twice and click Save.

Privacy Tab

Setting What Displays on Your Profile Page

By default, your profile page shows your username, your tags, and any image you might have uploaded in the Image tab of the My Profile - Manage page. You can also show your first name, your last name, the date you became a member, your country, your language, and your location as a map. If you've registered as a student, you can also show your school name.

To change what displays on your profile page, click the Privacy tab on the Manage Profile page, then check the items you want to make public.

Displaying a Location Map on Your Profile Page

  1. Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and enter any location that can be found by Google Maps, then click Update. For example, you can enter city name and state or province, county or other administrative district, country, or whatever combination is necessary. Some examples:
    • Minneapolis,MN
    • Saskatchewan
    • Karnataka
    • Prague
    • Vanuatu
    • Bhutan
    • Siberia, Jujuy, Argentina
    • 37.3926722,-121.954501
  2. Click the Privacy tab, then check the Location as a Map checkbox and click Save.

For more information, try some locations on Google Maps or see Google Maps Help.

Displaying Your School on Your Profile Page

If you're a student, you can make your school show up on your profile page.

  1. Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page.
  2. If necessary, check the Student checkbox, then enter your school's name and click Update.
  3. Click the Privacy tab, then check the School checkbox and click Save.

Subscriptions Tab

Seeing a List of Your Mailing List Subscriptions

Click the Subscriptions tab on the Manage Profile page. You see a list of all your mailing list subscriptions. You can browse a list's archives by clicking Browse Archives.


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