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How to Get Started with VMworld 2012′s Socialcast Community

This year’s conference attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their experience through an exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform. You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.

The VMware TAM Program will be using this medium at both of our exclusive program events – VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day on August 26th and TAM Customer Central the rest of the week – and providing you direct access to the real-time updates, commentary, panel Q&A, peer interactions and continued access to the resources you need.

Once you receive your invitation we encourage you to activate your account, join the groups that spark your interest and complete your profile. Grab your laptop or mobile devices, load the Socialcast Apps and bring them along to the conference to to make this your best and most valuable conference experience ever.

Here is an overview of how to setup your account online and configure the iOS based mobile app – Android is quite similar.

Step 1. Activate Your Account

If you have registered for VMworld 2012 US you should have an invitation from VMworld 2012 Community to activate your account. When activating your account you will use the email address and password associated to your vmworld.com account.

Step 2. Join Groups: What are you interested in?

Once you have activated your VMworld 2012 Community account, you will be presented with a small selection of groups. Simply join the groups that match your interest by selecting “Join Group.”

Please note that there are many more group to join – more on that later.

What are you Interested In?

Step 3. Upload a Profile Photo

After joining the groups that match your interests you will be prompted to upload a profile photo for your account. Take a moment to add an image that you’d like to share with the community.

Perhaps one from your Twitter or Linkedin account.

Step 4. You’re In. Now, Setup your Profile.

Now that you’ve activated your account, joined a handful of groups that spark your interest and uploaded an nice profile photo you’ll want to modify your account settings.

Simply navigate to the top right of the application, click the arrow next to your name and then select Settings.

You will be presented the Edit Profile screen for your account. Here you can update your profile information, add interests, modify your account and notifications settings.

Take a moment to add information your like to your profile. You may like to include your Twitter username in the About Me and add any specializations in the Interests sections.

Once your have your profile and interests updated, navigate to the Notification Settings to modify when (or if) you’d like to receive email notifications. The top sections pertains to when someone else performs an action on your content.

If you would like to receive opt-in/opt-out of email notifications on groups, you have the option of selecting your preference in the Notification Settings. In general, there may be a few specific groups you want email notifications for, such as ”After Hours.” Otherwise, you may want to turn these off and enjoy the community at your own pace without a surge of email. 

Once you have completed updating your notification settings, take a moment to review the navigation options in the left-hand navigation. There you have the option of viewing the Home stream that contained messages from the groups you joined, brows the Group Directory to join additional groups, send Private Messages, and review any Mentions or Recommended activity streams.

Step 5. Configure Your Mobile Device

If you don’t want to lug your laptop around the conference, grab your mobile devices, load the Socialcast Apps and bring them along to the conference to for a lightweight, mobile conference experience.

Below we show you how to setup the VMware Socialcast App on your iOS device – the steps are similar for Android.

First, visit your App Store of choice and look for the Socialcast application – it’s free! In our example, we would look for the iPhone and iPad compatible release in the Apple App Store.

After you install the application on your device, let’s launch and configure the application.

Enter vmworld.socialcast.com for the community site and to sign in and authorize your account.

  

Once your are authorized you will be able to see the activity streams and groups that you signed up for during your account activation, private messages, mentions, recommended, people the of course the group directory.

Be sure you check your settings for the application and verify your Push Notifications. You’ll likely want to keep the @Mention Messages and Broadcast Messages enabled during the conference so that you can get on-screen notifications for replies and broadcast messages from VMware and our Group Managers.

However, keep in mind that you may want to adjust the Notification Schedule so that you don’t get disturbed during the night!

That’s it! You’re now connected to this exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform.

You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.