Make it easy for Extension colleagues to communicate with you–update your eXtension profile

Do you use instant messaging? Do you have an account on a social media network? What about having a Google or social book marking identity? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then here is a follow-up question: Have you registered any of those identities with your eXtension profile? If not, this is a reminder that you can make it quite easy for your eXtension ID holding colleagues to discover your identities by registering them.

To do so, go to and click on the tab that says “My Profile”. Scroll down slightly, and you will find a section titled “My Social Network Identities.” Click the “edit” link just to the right of the section heading, and a list of 21 different social media systems is shown. If you have an identity on any of those systems, click the “add” link associated with each one and fill in the requested information.

Now, do you want to find colleagues so you can start messaging or following them? Just click the Find Colleagues tab at the top of the page, and then the “by Social Network” link just below the heading. Clicking on any of the systems listed will display the list of people with accounts on those systems along with their identities. For example, over 390 people have registered Facebook accounts; it is a good bet that you know some of them.

Just remember that Extension work is enhanced through networking with your colleagues. Make it easy for them to find you.