by Kathy Graden, STC-Phoenix Chapter President
On Leadership Day at the 2011 STC Annual Summit in Sacramento, California, the Society for Technical Communication introduced its chapter and SIG leaders to “My STC,” a new online tool that facilitates STC members’ interactions with other Society members and groups. Think of My STC as STC’s version of Facebook; it’s designed to (and does) work in much the same way as the popular social media site.
Why should you care about My STC? Because it provides an easy way for you to customize and get the most out of your STC experience, sharing ideas, photos, news, opinions, and other information with the people in STC YOU want to connect with. YOU choose the friends, chapters, SIGs, and discussion groups you want to be part of; My STC provides quick steps to get connected. You can even create your own intra-STC groups to match your personal interests or affiliations, such as “web design gurus” or “Phoenix-based phoodies” – the possibilities are yours to choose (although subject to webmaster approval). Another great reason to get familiar with My STC: the Phoenix Chapter has its own group, and starting in the near future, you’ll be able to go there for announcements of local chapter activities and events, conversations about timely topics for our community, and much more.
To get started, log in to STC’s main website, www.stc.org. Click on “My STC” in the navigation bar to go to My STC’s Home tab page. Then, click on the Profile tab and enter and save information for your personal profile. It’s VERY important to do this: until you do, My STC won’t recognize you as a member of its groups for the chapters and/or SIGs to which you belong.
Navigating around the My STC site is fairly intuitive, but STC has created a set of short tutorial videos (available on YouTube) to help: