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This website represents a new capability for IMC USA and significantly expands services to our members. IMC USA developed the site to bring collaboration, communication and community to our members. This blog describes site features. Initial posts describe the basic features; periodic posts announce new features. We strongly encourage your comments and suggestions for features or content.


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Professional & Social Networking

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Updated: Sunday, December 21, 2008
As a professional association, IMC USA is committed to supporting collaboration, communication and community among our members. The site provided a range of tools to help you know and be known to other members and the public. Most of these capabilities are under your control,and you can turn off those you do not want to participate in:
  • See which fellow members are "Online Now"
  • Chat in real-time with other online members
  • Share external social/professional networking profiles
  • Manage your connections to other members
  • Email members and connections from the site (if allowed for your member type and group)
  • Send and receive messages from members and groups
  • Create and manage message center folders
  • Manage received messages and attachments
  • Engage others via Tell-a-Friend system
  • Add/allow comments to photo galleries
  • Collaborate with others via blogs, wikis, groups and more
Control these features through the My Preferences link in the Manage my Membership menu.

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Blogs and Discussion Forums

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
As part of our effort to foster greater community and collaboration we provide the ability to post blogs at the site wide community level, withing individual groups or chapters, and by individual members (only available to Professional, Certified and Emeritus members).  If permitted by the poster, members may comment on blogs  and yo may subscribe to blogs of particular interest:
  • Browse blogs and forums
  • Search blogs by tags and blog content
  • Post to open blogs
  • Add comments to specific blog posts
  • Embed video and audio within posts
  • Attach files and documents
  • Subscribe to blogs and comments
  • Receive email notification of new posts and comments
Be sure to review some of our community blogs:

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Community Groups & Chapters

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
The basic unit of collaboration within this website is the "group." A group is any collection of member with a common interest. Groups can be geographic chapters, communities of practice (e.g., formed around industries, technical disciplines, stage of a consulting firm development), internal IMC communities and committees, and special collaboration foci such as members recommending services or products for consultants (in Members Recommend . .).

All groups require site registration (free and consists of a name and email address only) for access. Some groups are open to all (requests to join automatically approved), membership in others subject to approval (e.g., some committees), and for a few membership is limited to certain member types (e.g., CMC Network) or elected or appointed IMC members (e.g., Board of Directors, chapter presidents).

Accessible through the Chapters and Communities menu item, members may:
  • Browse available groups
  • Select groups you would like to join
  • Access group homepages
  • Browse group member profiles
  • Request access to private groups
  • Apply to become a group administrator
  • View private group content, wikis and file libraries
  • View, post, tag and subscribe to group blogs
  • View, post and tag photos in group galleries
  • Register for group-specific events
  • Send messages to group members
Groups, particularly Communities of Practice, are only as valuable as the activity of their members. Members are encouraged to actively participate and contribute to the growth and development of groups. Inactive groups will be removed by the site administrator and suggestions for new groups accepted depending on interest.

To propose a new Community of Practice, use our suggestion form.

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