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5 Features of an Awesome SAS Communities Profile

by Community Manager ‎09-17-2015 05:13 PM - edited ‎08-28-2017 12:45 PM (1,083 Views)

In the SAS Support Communities, most of you lurk. And that’s OK. Use these discussion boards whatever way works best for you. This article is for those who want to connect and collaborate openly with fellow SAS users. You want to build your reputation as a SAS expert.


Here are the 5 steps to an awesome profile:


Step 1: Pick a user ID that reflects you. When you create your community account, use your name as your ID. This helps you build your personal brand. If your name is already taken, use a variation that correctly identifies you. For example, if Beverly Brown were already taken, I might choose Bev Brown.


Step 2: Pick an avatar that looks like you look now. An avatar is the image people have in mind when they interact with you in the communities. Choose a current head-and-shoulders photo that’s well-lit, focused and shows you smiling, friendly faces encourage people to connect.


How to edit your avatar

If you’d rather use an avatar we provide, that’s OK too. If you don’t choose one, you’ll receive a default avatar. You can change it to another from our avatar library or upload your own image. To change your avatar:


  1. Click the orange down-arrow next to your profile photo (look in the upper right of this screen), then My Settings.
  2. Select the Avatar tab, then Choose an image provided or Upload your own.

Step 3: Write a brief bio that sets you apart. This is where you position yourself as an expert. Include key words that describe your SAS knowledge so your peers can easily find you via search. If you present at SAS Global Forum, note that. Are you a SAS Visual Analytics ninja? Write it down. Did you master exporting data into University Edition, definitely include that! 


Include personal details too. Are you a runner? List your best race times. Do you enjoy cooking, knitting or Sudoku? Put it in there. This gives community members ways to identify with you.


By default, all community members can see your bio. If you prefer, you can change your profile settings to display your info only to people on your Friends List:


Step 4: Add links to your social media handles. This gives people other ways to connect with you.


Step 5: Update OFTEN! As your skills, areas of interest and expertise evolve, so should your bio.

Have you noticed a great SAS Communities Profile? Write about it in the comments!


Here’s the video version of this article, if you prefer (and are able) to consume info visually:


by Trusted Advisor
on ‎02-16-2016 07:30 PM

Hi @BeverlyBrown,


Is the area for social media handles still available in a members profile? I wasn't able to find my own to check them.