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Rereading this, and it is as fresh and to the point as the day it was written. Thank you again Natalia Averett.
I have something to add -- about the "how to" -- this just may be a whole lot easier to use the Groups online here than you think it is.
The social media and group collaboration features of this website are a wonderful tool to share the knowledge and wisdom of our Church community, introduce efficiencies in group work in teams, expand the teams' access to a larger group, and in the public areas to increase both transparency and outreach to the larger world.
I was surprised to find that one of the reasons people want to use external groups is that they think they would have to navigate/travel to yet another site (here), and sign in all over again, and then go look for the group and an item.
Whoaa! It is way easier than that!
Here is how I explained it to a friend the other day. Anyone with other tips, please jump in to this group discussion. Let''s collaborate and celebrate.
Easy #1 - Don't sign off and if you are on the same access device, you don't have to sign back in.
Easy #2 - A short list of all the groups you belong to are instantly available from the link on your My Page, in the left column.
Easy #3 - You think you need to enter text and remember words and places -- no -- just click on the name of the group or the icon for the group. Picture book navigation. Find the picture and click on it -- or if you have an iPAD just touch it and by magic you get to the Group or item.
Easy #4 - A biggie! When you belong to a Group, and something happens in the Group, you will get an automatic notification in your home email. In that email is an automatic link back to the Group page. If you did not sign out you will be instantly able to view and comment. If you did sign out, then your view is goverened by the security settings of the site and the public or private security settings of the Group.
A potential complication, but still Easy #5 - This one you may need to tell your friends -- because it could be why they no longer know what is happening with your Group through the Group information and calendars and meetings online. But I am still calling it Easy.
You don't remember your password and/or it does not match the one that is registered in your website personal security settings -- there is a link for that on the SIGN IN box and the site will send you an email at home to give you a way to reset it.
Complication -- you changed your email address altogether. Read on.
You can't sign in and you don't get messages from the website at all. When you signed up as a member to this site, you used your home email that was valid at that time. If you have changed but did not also go into your personal settings in this website to record the change, your messages are still trying to go to the old address. You have to SIGN IN under the registered name and email that you used to be known by, and go to your personal security settings and change the registered email so the website will now follow you again. Update your password too. See what else you might want to change or update.