Thank you for taking the time to join the prototype network. Please let me introduce myself – I am Matthew Fisher, president of Night Kitchen Interactive, the design firm working together with CBOL to design and launch the new Barcode of Life website and online community. I am contacting you to offer my assistance in any way as you begin to use this network as a sandbox, by answering any questions you might have and suggesting a few things that you can do to take the network for a test drive. So feel free to contact me any time with your questions, ideas or concerns.
Simple Things You Can Do on the Prototype Network
As you probably already know, the first thing to do is to complete your online profile. This helps other members find you.
Next you should add yourself to the member map – this puts a geographic location to each community member.
Another thing to do is to browse our Forum and ask a question or leave a comment. There isn’t much there yet, but don’t let that stop you.
Please join a Group or start your own, as groups are a great way to express your special interest, be it a taxonomic group, an organization.
Have a question? Ask one of our hosts or Check out our FAQ.
Some Advanced Things You Can Do
Start A Blog: If you have something to say, start a Blog. Simply choose “Add a Blog Post” under Blogs and say what’s on your mind. Blogging has never been easier.
Share Your Blog: If you already have a blog or another online resource, you can share it either on your profile page or through our rss pages.
Manage a Group: Create a group for a specific taxonomic area and invite colleagues to join the network and your group. Use the “Send Message to Group” feature to send out email blasts to your group, start discussion threads specific to your group’s interests, add widgets and more.
For assistance with any of the things, simple or advanced, please don’t hesitate to contact me.