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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Creating a Social Network by Angela Crocker

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About Profiles

User profiles are where the social part of social networking comes into play. User profiles allow members to share some information about themselves. This might include a photo, a preferred nickname, a list of favorite books and movies, and, sometimes, contact details like a web address or Twitter name. A complete profile not only lends credibility but also creates instant introductions and memory joggers, and thus a richer experience for all users. Hosts should lead by example with a strong profile.
The brief introduction in a profile helps define users in the context of the network. Think of it as an elevator speech—members have 45 seconds between floors to explain to fellow riders who they are, what they do, and why they are ...

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