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The CDS Alumni Portal Help (How Do I...)
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How do I Begin Using the Portal
Requested and Answered by AdminAlum on 04-Jan-2010 11:35 (28467 reads)
This can be answered in a number of ways. I shall pick one of them.

1. Register first. Many of the functions are available only to Registered members! The following assumes that you have registered and logged in.

2. Start by seeing the Alumni Directory on the Main Menu (Left Side of Screen). Choose the input criteria to be searched - and see the results. (Usually this is used to search for the alumni of your batch.)

3. Take Part in the discussions by going into the discussion area, putting your views forth in existing topics or starting your own topic to initiate discussion.

4. Put your messages in the Message Board/ Guest Book, and read a few that have been put by others. A good method is to announce your commencement of use by putting a simple message such as "Hi!, I am XYZ from 2007 Batch, and have begun using the portal today." This will allow the others to see your message and possibly you will receive messages from long lost friends.

5. You may say something in the area called Shoutbox which is shown in the logged in users home page. Only the last 20 Shouts (Messages Are shown from this feature), rest are deleted, so in case you want a more permanent entry, consider using the Message Board or the Discussion Board.

6. Upload a few photographs from the Photos Section, and you can immediately see yours on the main page in the Latest Picture Uploaded Section on the Right Side. Ofcourse, your entries will be viewable by users.

7. Explore the Portal and use various functions in it to connect with other alumni.

8. You can send the alumni a private message (referred to by the button "PM" in the alumni Directory and other areas. This will always be delivered to the corresponding alumni when he/she logs in in the "Inbox". If the person has given an email id, you can also email to him/ her, however we advise using PM unless you are sure that the email supplied is correct.

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