Does OutBüro have groups?

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It sure does. They are similar to the concept of groups on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Locate Groups of Interest

  1. From the top bar of the community area, pretty much whether on the community activity stream or your profile, you’ll see a on left side a few clickable icons/words. Click on the word/link Groups.
  2. Locate: On the groups page you may scroll to find a group of interest and you may also use keywords to search for a group that current exsists on the site.
  3. Learn More: For a brief introduction to the group scope and intent, click the Learn More link.
  4. Join: To join a current group, click the Join button located in the bottom right of the group summary.

Create a Group

If you don’t locate a group currently active on the site that suits your interests, consider creating a group. We love to have you partner with us to grow the community here and create a safe and welcoming space of personal and professional growth.

  1. Create: From the main group page, near the top on the right side click the Creat Group button.
  2. Name: Enter a Name for the group.
  3. Description: Provide a group Description. Is it topic or industry focused or maybe open to all in a geographic location?
  4. Type: Choose the type of group it will be. The options are open, closed and secret.
    • Open: This type of group allows anyone to join and participate and is displayed in the list of groups and may be found via the group search. Being Open means too that the contents of the group is visible to any site member, even non-members and internet search engines. Non-group member may not interact in the group such as posting or commenting, they may only view it. To comment or post they would need to join the group.
    • Closed: The contents of the group is not visible to non-group members and is also not indexed by search engines. A closed group is displayed in the list of groups and may be found via the group search. In this type of group persons must request to join or be invited to join. Once a group member they may participate.
    • Secret: The contents of the group is not visible to non-group members and is also not indexed by search engines. A secret group is NOT displayed in the list of groups and may NOT be found via the group search. In this type of group persons must be invited to join. Once a group member they may participate.
  5. Submit: To complet this step click the Create Group botton in the bottom right of the dialog box.
  6. Group Logo: Like a profile head shot, the group logo is used on the site as you see on this listing of groups. We love branding so if you create a group and not sure what use or how to create a logo, we’d be happy to help. Please submit a Support Ticket and request help. A square image is best and we recommend 400×400 pixels in .JPG or .PNG format. Remember to respect copyrights.
  7. Group Header: Just as on your profile page, a group page may and should have a group header image. Ideally the image would have relation to the group. If you are stumbling to find a related image, a great Pride image with rainbow flags waving is always great. Remember to respect copyrights.

I Created a Group. Now what?

Having started LinkedIn’s first and largest LGBTQ professional group, we know it is actually WORK. However it can be very rewarding.

Start of by inviting persons you directly know and/or virtually know from other social media platforms. Craft a short email informing them of the group, it’s purpose and send personal inviations to them to come join you in your new group. Oh, don’t forget to URL link to it.

We’ll have more Knowledge Base articles on the group topic and also considering a Group of Group owners so that we may all share ideas on how to grow the groups and engage our members.

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