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4 Posts authored by: Mark Obrien

Two years ago, ACS introduced the ACS Network as a social media and professional networking platform to foster online collaboration among chemists and with other science practitioners.  Throughout its first twenty-four months, it has evolved significantly and grown in popularity. 


This past summer, we completed the most significant upgrade yet to the ACS Network.  New and improved functionality adds state-of-the-art social networking tools such as: bookmarking, status updates, in-system messaging, private discussions, and document sharing to the existing cache of ACS Network Communities tools.  In addition, we have implemented enhanced profile-building tools and “friending” capabilities to help you build your professional network.


With these recent changes, the ACS Network has become a more powerful online community building tool that makes it easier for you to locate people, information and opportunities. The ACS Network provides the platform for ACS members and the global chemistry community to interact easily within a trusted community.  It is an ideal place to collaborate on projects, convene groups, plan activities, and discuss topics within private or open forums.


I hope you take this opportunity to engage with your Society like never before.

Mark Obrien

Status Updates

Posted by Mark Obrien Sep 20, 2010

One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive is "What is a Status Update" and "How Do I Update My Status."    A Status Update is a way to tell other what your doing, what your working on, or where you are.  For instance you might want to post a status update that says,"I'm working in the lab" ,"I'm getting ready for National Chemistry Week" or, "I'm on vacation and I won't be responding to posts until 10/1". 


It's easy to update your status.  Simply click on your name on the User Task Bar; this action will take you to your profile as shown below. Input your status in the in the text box under your name and click update. 


You will need to be logged into the ACS Network in order to update your status.   The login link appears at the top of every ACS Network page.


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Mark Obrien

Email Alerts

Posted by Mark Obrien Jun 1, 2010

One of my favorite features on the ACS Network is email alerts.  Email alerts are email messages that are sent to your email in-box when new content is posted on the Network.  The email alert identifies the person who contributed content, the forum or group where the content was posted and the actual discussion, comment or document (link) that was posted in the Network. Email alerts help you stay connected with the latest discussions without having to log on to the Network.  But here’s the best part, you can hit reply to the email and your response will automatically be posted on the ACS Network.  This functionality is native to the ACS Network, so you can respond to alerts using your preferred email application including your mobile devices (e.g. Blackberry, iPhone,etc).





You can set alerts to follow specific discussions or choose to follow all discussions in the groups or forums of your choice. Simply click on the “Receive email notification” link in the "Actions" box that appears on each page to toggle your preference to Receive or Stop email notifications.  



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As a network administrator, I receive lots of alerts. So, I've set up a rules in Outlook to automatically move my ACS Network email alerts to an ACS Network folder.   The rule that I set up looks for email when it arrives from communities@acs.organd moves it to an ACS Network Communities folder in Outlook. 

If you try to log on to this weekend you might notice that the site is down The site is not down because we are performing routine maintenance.  Rather, we are making significant changes to refresh the site and improve its usability. On Monday, when we officially relaunch, you’ll notice the following improvements on



  • A dynamic home page, featuring a Content Carousel with the latest news, programs and events

  • An easier way to navigate and interact with the site, featuring QuickLinks

  • A faster way to and find what you want, powered by Google Search

  • A  fresh re-design, with a lighter, brighter and more open architecture

So be sure to be sure logon to on Monday and see for yourself, then let us know what you think of the new site at

However, the website refresh is not the only change that we’re making to improve your online experience. This summer, were also implementing significant upgrades to the ACS Network.   The upgrades will include enhancements to current functionality by providing private messaging, bookmarking, better document collaboration tools, enhanced filtering and improvements to connections/friending.

Staff are also actively engaged in completing the process to opt-in of all ACS Members into the ACS Network, thus the Network an on-line member directory.

We’ll keep you posted as we get closer to releasing this new functionality.


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