How are "Social Groups" created in Xchange?
We've just updated the site and now, when you log in, if you click on the pencil icon at the top right of the screen, you *should* see a little purple icon at the bottom of the drop down menu that says 'Group', and from there you can create a social group.
You'll be prompted for some basic information about the group (the name, a description, if you want to tag any categories), and once you preview and create the group, you'll be able to invite people (if you want).
If you want to invite any specific people, go to 'manage' near the top right of the group page, and then select 'members' from the drop down menu.
Then on the right hand side of the page, under 'Manage' you can invite new members.
If you start typing names of people who you know are in the community, their names should pop up in a drop down menu.
From that point, there is a lot of customization that you can do, in terms of the look and content of the group, so please let us know what you think. What is useful? What is difficult or not worthwhile? What other information about groups (or anything) would you like from us?
I agree that keeping the momentum is going is going to be a challenge, and we currently have plans to keep fresh content, and maybe some new users, coming in as we continue with the release, but if there is anything specific you would like to see, let us know.
Thanks for your feedback, and if you run into any issues please feel free to reach out so we can get them resolved.
Great question. The Xchange team at NFPA has a meeting scheduled for next week to talk about site improvements, and this is on the agenda for the meeting. Right now, most users can't create social groups, but that's something we think we can change since there is clearly interest.
I'll update you again with more information after our meeting, and thanks for the feedback.
I guess the test now will be finding out how well Xchange stands up without the underlying conference activity to spur it on. Online communities can be fickle creatures without a strong central attractor to keep them active.
I've created an open group called Water Based Fire Protection -- we'll see about an open invitation to join and some content after the holiday weekend.
Great! Glad to see it's working, and have an excellent weekend.
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