CTP MEMBERSHIP: Go Social!

Welcome to the world of Tea Party Social Networking. . .

A Social Network is a virtual neighborhood that allows individuals and groups, who share a common interest, the ability to communicate using 21st Century tools and technology.

The internet is filled with millions of individuals who are looking to meet other people who want to share first-hand information about their personal experiences, discuss politics, talk business or chat about other issues that affect their lives.

When it comes to online activity, ordinary websites are not designed to allow people to interact with each other in a variety of different ways. Social Networks, like this one, however, are more interactive because they are built upon a robust software platform that includes many different tools (groups, forums, community calendar, etc.) which help people feel that they are integral to the site and part of a larger, like-minded community.

Once you become a community "member" you will be granted access to a host of social networking features (video and photo uploader, shoutbox, etc.) which will allow you to share more about yourself and your interests with other community members.

Let's Get Started!

               1. First, “Register” as a member. Here's how:

a)     Beneath the logo, on the left side of ANY of the pages on the site, you will see a "Welcome to Chicago Tea Party" message box. To start the registration process, click the “Register” button that is located on the right hand side, directly underneath the two text boxes.

b)     To complete the registration process, you must enter a valid email address and create a password. (Note: the password is CAsE SeNsaTIVe and must be between 6-12 characters long.)

c)      Once you finish the registration process, the system will send you an email asking you to confirm your registration. Confirmation emails help us keep the community safe, because spammers, who often use fake email addresses, don't typically respond to confirmation emails. (Note: you won’t be able to Login using your email address and password until you respond to the confirmation email.)

d)     AFTER you respond to the confirmation email, you will need to enter your email address and password into the text boxes the next time you visit the site. Simply enter the same information that you used to register and click the “Login” button. (instead of the Register button)

               2. The next step is to create your "Personal Profile."

Your Personal Profile page is the most important step in network socialization. We've made this process easier for you by pre-populating your Profile page with specific questions that will help our community members learn more about you. (Example; the groups or organization you actively support, your website, skill set, favorite quote, Facebook and Twitter Profile and other personal information that makes it easier for members to compare interests and reach out to you.) (Note: Accept for your reason in joining the network, the personal information you share on your Profile page is completely optional. If a question doesn’t apply, leave it blank. The questions are standardized to make it easier for you complete your profile in a just a couple of minutes.)

a)     On the left side of the page, underneath the logo and your screen name, click “Profile” to get started.

b)     Beneath the logo, on the left side of ANY of the pages on the site, you will see a "Welcome to Chicago Tea Party" message box. To start the registration process, click the “Register” button that is located on the right hand side, directly underneath the two text boxes.

c)     About 2 inches down from the blank default photo, there is a light blue highlighted section called “Options.” Click on the “Edit Your Information” link.

d)      On this page, you can review your Personal Information and make edits to any of the information that you added during the Registration process. (Example; Display Name, About You, Tea Party Status, etc.)

e)     On the left hand side of the split sceen under the section titled Personal Info, click on +Add New Picture to upload your photo. (Note: You can use any .jpeg, .png or .gif file that you already have stored on your computer or you can download an image from the internet. If you download an image, it will be easier to locate if you save the image to your desktop. Your Profile photo can be a personal photo of YOU, or a different photo of your choosing. Please keep in mind that this photo will be seen throughout the entire community, so please exercise good judgment

I.      When the pop-up window appears, click the “Select Files” button.

II.      When a second pop-up window appears, locate the “image file” on your computer. The “Look in” drop down box on the top of the window will help you locate the folder where the “image file” is stored.

III.      Once you locate the folder, double click on the actual “image file” and make sure that the name of the “image file” appears in the “File name” section at the bottom of the pop-up window.

IV.      On the bottom right hand corner of the pop-up window, click the “Open” button. This will upload your “image file” to an “Upload Queue.” Once the upload is completed, your photo will appear in the photo section on your profile page. (Note: To change your profile photo, you can repeat the entire process anytime.  Don’t leave a boring, default profile picture on your personal profile page. Add something exciting, even if it’s a picture of your dog or the American Flag!)

V.      In the upper right hand corner of the pop-up window, click “X” to close the window and return to your profile page.

f)     On the right side of the split screen under the section titled “About You” start entering text in the blank boxes to share more details about yourself with our online community. Please take the time to complete the following sections:

I.      Teaparty or Organization Affiliations-In this section, list the name(s) of the Tea Party groups or organizations your are involved in.

II.      Tea Party Organization Website-In this section, list the URL or web address of the organization or group. If you don’t know the website, do a quick Google search. If the organization doesn’t have a web site, leave the section blank. (Note: For the URL to appear as a “clickable” hyperlink on your profile page, you must enter the full web address which includes the HTTP:// prefix. For example: http://www.yourorganization.org  versus www.yourorganization.org)

III.      Talent and Skills-In this section, you will highlight what skill set you can bring to the movement to help advance the cause of liberty. Try to be as detailed as possible. (Example: Graphic Design, Marketing, Project Management, Sales Experience, Good Phone Skills, Excellent People Skills, etc.)

IV.      Occupation-In this section, you will list your current occupation. It’s important that people know what you do, you never know who in the community might need your services. (Example: Graphic Designer, Marketing Rep, Project Manager, Plumber, Day Care Provider, etc.)

V.      Company Website-In this section, you can enter your employers website (optional) or, if you have your own business, your business website (also optional). You can also leave this section blank if you don’t have a web site or are currently unemployed. If you are unemployed, however, you might want to check out our Job postings in the Forum section. It’s a great place to find a job or promote your talent/services!

VI.      Interest and Hobbies–In this section, you can list your interests and hobbies. Please try to be as detailed as possible so other community members with the same interest can easily locate you.  (Example: I love graphic design, working on campaigns, I’m a Girl Scout leader, I’m interested in bringing young people into the Tea Party, etc.)

VII.      Marital Status–In this section, you can select your marital status from the drop down menu. If you prefer not to answer, select “No Answer.”

VIII.      Blog or Network–In this section, you can enter the URL of your personal blog, or another social network. (Note: For the URL to appear as a “clickable” hyperlink on your profile page, you must enter the full web address which includes the HTTP:// prefix. For example: http://www.yourblog.blogspot.com versus www.yourblog.blogspot.com)

IX.      About Me–In this section, you can enter any additional information you want to include about yourself on your profile page. (Example: love graphic design. I'm happily married with two grown children. Now that my kids are in college I want to use my talent to help the Tea Party. I also want to bring young people into the movement and help conservative candidates get elected. I've designed political signs for local candidates and love campaigning, etc.)

X.      Facebook–In this section, you can enter the URL of your Facebook profile. If you don’t have a Facebook account, just leave this section blank. (Note: For the URL to appear as a “clickable” hyperlink on your profile page, you must enter the full web address which includes the HTTP:// prefix. For example: http://www.yourfacebookprofile.com  versus www.yourfacebookprofile.com)

XI.      Twitter–In this section, you can enter the URL of your Twitter profile. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just leave this section blank. (Note: For the URL to appear as a “clickable” hyperlink on your profile page, you must enter the full web address which includes the HTTP:// prefix. For example: http://www.yourtwitterprofile.com  versus www.yourtwitterprofile.com)

XII.      Linked-In–In this section, you can enter the URL of your Linked-In profile. If you don’t have a Linked-In account, just leave this section blank. (Note: For the URL to appear as a “clickable” hyperlink on your profile page, you must enter the full web address which includes the HTTP:// prefix. For example: http://www.yourlinkedinprofile.com versus www.yourlinkedinprofile.com)

               3. Set Your “Privacy Settings”

To make it easier for community members to find you and learn about you, please refer to the following “Privacy Setting” recommendations.

a)     On the far left side of your profile page, under the Personal Information heading, click “Privacy Settings.” You can also access your “Privacy Settings” by clicking “Edit Profile Settings” under the “Options” heading on your main profile page. This is the Profile page that does not allow you to enter text and is not viewed in a split screen format.

I.      Who can view your profile? ANYONE

II.      Require approval for all Friend requests? YES (allows you to accept or reject friendship requests)

III.      Who can send you messages? ANYONE

IV.      Allow only users over 18 to view your profile? NO

V.      Profile age view format? AGE AND BIRTH DATE

VI.      Do you want to show your location on your profile? YES

VII.      Click the “Save Changes” button on the bottom of the page

               4.  Set your “Email Settings”

To make it easier for you to receive important information and updates,  please refer to the following “Email Setting” recommendations.

a)     On the far left side of your profile page, under the Personal Information heading, click “Email Settings.” You can also access your “Email Settings” by clicking “Notify Settings” under the “Options” heading on your main profile page. This is the Profile page that does not allow you to enter text and is not viewed in a split screen format.

I.      Under all sections, General, Related to Me, and Personal Messages (inbox) make certain that a checkmark appears in each box.

II.      Click the “Save” button on the bottom of the page

               5. Change your “Email Address” (optional)

If at any time you need to change your email address, follow these steps:

a)     On the far left side of your profile page, under the Personal Information heading, click “Change Email Address.” You can also access this same section by clicking on “Change Email Address” under the “Options” heading on your main Profile page. This is the Profile page that does not allow you to enter text and is not viewed in a split screen format.

b)     On the bottom of the screen, click the “Update Email” button. (Note: A new confirmation email will be sent to the new email address. Your new email address will not function until you confirm it.)

               6.  Change your “Display Name” (optional)

If at any time, you want to change your Display Name, follow these steps:

a)     If you are in the split screen text editor, look for the “CHANGE” link that appears above your photo. Click on the link and a pop-up window will open that will allow you to delete the text of your current Display Name and replace it. You can also access this same section by clicking on “Change Email Address” under the “Options” heading on your main profile page. You can also access this same section by clicking on “Change Display Name” under the “Options” heading on your main Profile page. (Note: This is the Profile page that does not allow you to enter text and is not viewed in a split screen format.)

               7.  Now, go ahead and “Invite Friends” to join the community

To a build a strong and robust social network that is beneficial to every member, everyone has to do their part to help increase the membership of our online community.

You may not realize it, but if you have any of the following applications, American Online, Yahoo, Gmail, Plaxo, Outlook or Outlook Express or other applications, you already have an online address book with your contact names and email addresses.

In this section, you will be able to keep track of who received your email invitation and who actually joined our social network as a direct result of the invitation you sent. To invite your friends, relatives, co-workers, Facebook friends, etc. to join our online community, follow these steps:

a)     Under the “Options” heading on your main Profile page, click on the “Invite Friends” link. (Note: This is the Profile page that does not allow you to enter text and is not viewed in a split screen format.)

I.      Click on the Invite Your Facebook Friends link on the top of the page and share a link to our social network:

a)     On You Own wall

b)     On a Friends wall

c)      In a group Wall

d)     On Your Page

e)     In a Private Message

II.      Create an “Invitation List” manually, by entering Contact names and Email Addresses into the text boxes. After you finish your data entry, click the “Add to List” button so you can enter more contacts. Once you’re finished, click the “Send Invites” button. (Note: you can select the “Customize Email” link to personalize your invitation before sending it out to your friends.)

III.      Click the “Add from my Address Book” button on the right hand side of the page, directly under the “Add to List” button. A pop-up window will appear that will allow you to use the “Quick Wizard” to retrieve your contacts from address books. Simply choose what services you use and follow the Wizards prompts. Typically you asked to enter your User or Screen Name and Password and the Wizard will help you do the rest. The Wizards speeds up the process of sending invites tremendously. In a few minutes, you’ll be able to send out hundreds, if not thousands of email invites to your friends without the hassle of manually entering a Contact Name or Email Address.

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