MyIEEE, where members can access their IEEE benefits and check on their journal and magazine subscriptions, has added features that make the site more interactive and easier to use.
Members can now personalize their pages to link to favorite IEEE Web sites from myIEEE’s four categories of content: volunteer, knowledge, community, and profession. They can also add RSS feeds from IEEE or other content providers, change background colors, and add graphics that reflect their individual technical bents.
In addition, a new messaging tool allows e-mail to be sent to IEEE members from within myIEEE, without launching a separate mail program. “The new capabilities mark an important milestone because they provide members with the ability to organize favorite myIEEE content their way,” says Brian Pratz, product manager, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, in Piscataway, N.J.
The new myDesktop tool and its Customization button make the personalization happen. Users can add modules for the four content categories that contain links, with identifying icons, to the corresponding IEEE products and services.
The modules, referred to as gadgets, are listed in the Browse Gadgets menu on the right-hand side of myDesktop. The list of gadgets includes the IEEE Job Site, IEEE.tv, IEEE Spectrum, section activities, volunteer resources, upcoming conferences, and scholarships available from IEEE. Simply click on the plus sign next to each image and it’s added to your desktop, or click on the X to delete it. You can position the gadgets by dragging and dropping them anywhere on the screen.
You can use the Import an RSS Feed button to add headline updates from IEEE sites or external news, blogger, podcast, or video sites. Up to 10 feeds are possible. Just type or paste the URL into the box and click on the Add button.
For those who want to change the look of the page, there are options under the Edit Theme menu to add a graphic and choose a new background color.
Fifteen graphics (some are shown at top) are available. Some depict a technology; others are simply based on color. Technology themes include aerospace, computers, and semiconductors. The color choices are blue, green, dark violet, and dark orange. Clicking on an image or a color automatically changes the background.
There are other options for organizing the page visually. Under the Edit Layout section, you can arrange your gadgets into one, two, or three columns. For the two- and three-column options, you can select among various width ratios.
Say while searching memberNet, the online directory of IEEE members available in myIEEE, you discover the profile of a former colleague you’d like to catch up with. Instead of jotting down her e-mail address and typing the address later into your e-mail program, you can now send her a message right from memberNet—provided she has opted to share her address. If so, click on the Send a Message button in her profile. An e-mail form is then displayed with the recipient and sender information already filled in. All you do is fill in the subject line, type your note, and hit the Send Message button.
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