frequently asked questions

Social Networking


  • 1 - What is Social Networking?

    Social networking refers to the use of a social network service to communicate with people who share interests and/or activities. These services often provide a profile, links and messages to others within your network (contacts within the network) and/or the public. Examples of social networking services include Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.

  • 2 - How does help me integrate with my existing social networks?

    There are several ways to interact with your social networks from For example, you can post links to content using "ShareThis" buttons found around the site; you can share your forum posts (using the "share" option in the discussion form); and you can display your public Twitter updates in your profile (configure that in your social network settings).
    If you'd like to interact with your social networks in other ways, please suggest it in the social networking forum.

  • 3 - How can I use social networking to promote my business?

    Some examples include highlighting your participation in an industry specific discussion, sharing links to jobs or interesting articles, finding clients and peers, and providing information on services you provide.

  • 4 - Where can I discuss social networks on

    Visit the social networking forum »

  • 5 - How can I display my public Twitter feed in my profile?

    You can set your Twitter profile preferences in your personalization settings »

  • 6 - What are the privacy implications of displaying my Twitter feed in my profile? does not send any personally identifiable information to Twitter. The Twitter privacy policy is available at

  • 7 - What is ShareThis?

    ShareThis is a button that helps you to "tell a friend" about something you find interesting on by sharing a link to a public forum or public page through your existing social networks.

  • 8 - How do I use ShareThis?

    When you find a public page on that features the icon and "Share link to this ***", click the icon to choose one of your existing social networks, and it will provide you with a form to submit a link to the page. Currently, ShareThis is available in KudoZ, public forums, quick polls, upcoming conferences and powwows.

  • 9 - Are replies to links shared using ShareThis on social networks automatically re-posted at

    No; activity on your social networks is not available through

  • 10 - Does ShareThis share links to private forums on

    ShareThis is only available on public forums; it is not available on any private forums.

  • 11 - Does or ShareThis automatically link my profile to social networks?

    Neither or ShareThis will link your profile to social networks, and personally identifiable information is not sent from to ShareThis. The ShareThis privacy policy is available at

  • 12 - How can I follow activity in social networks?

    You can follow on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Google+

  • 13 - I do not wish to use any social networking features on; what should I do?

    Both the optional Twitter profile integration and ShareThis link sharing only work if you are already participating in a social networking service. If you do not wish to participate, do nothing.

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