ACS Groups

Document created by Christine Brennan Schmidt on Mar 19, 2009Last modified by Christine Brennan Schmidt on Dec 29, 2011
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ACS Network now has Groups. This new functionality allows users to users with similar interest to connect to each other and to start communicating and collaborating around this interest.


Functions within a group include:

  •    Discussion threads. You can ask a question or get a discussion among members of the groups. Discussions can be used to get suggestions or information on:
    • where to purchase or find something for the laboratory, classroom, or other event,
    • what the members want to hear about, eat, or do in face-to-face events such as local section meetings,
    • demonstrations to use in the classroom or perhaps in a community outreach event,
    • meeting members at larger events such as ACS National Meetings,
    • getting money -- sponsorship or grants,
    • and much more.

  • Document sharing: You can upload a file to share and work on together, or you can write a document within the Network (like the one you're reading).  Other members of the group can then work on this document as well to develop:
    • promotional materials
    • how-to's
    • record of event
    • poster presentation


Invite members to your group

  • Within the Network, you can invite up to 50 people per day. These can be ACS Network members or those not yet in the ACS Network.
  • If you want to invite more than 50 people in a day, you should use a email system for sending mass emails and link them to your Group URL


Administration of Group

  • A group can have more than one administrator, so you may want to share this responsibility.
  • Administration allows you to change the details of the group including:
    • privacy settings
    • who is allowed in if it is private.
    • the layout and configuration of the Group home page. You can
      • change the image or the description of the group,
      • add HTML or text boxes as announcements,
      • and even subscribe and display an RSS feed of interest.