Do More with Microsoft's Vine Societal Networking
Article by George Norman
On 10 Jun 2009
Vine, the social networking application that Microsoft has branded as “societal networking,” can prove to be quite useful despite the fact that it is still in Beta. The thing is that in order for Vine to prove its worth, you have to be able to use it properly. The development team behind Vine, which has already provided a few usability scenarios for the societal networking app, has now rolled out a detailed tutorial on how you can do more with Vine.

Vitals cards
To create your vitals cards you need just log into Vine -> click Vitals from the upper-left corner of the dashboard -> provide the required information.
You can perform other actions from Vitals as well:
- Change the email address Vine will use to send you alerts.
- Add the number of a mobile phone to which Vine will send text alerts.
- Add the social network of your choice so that your Vine contacts can see your status updates on that network.

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Places
When you click “Places” on your Vine dashboard and then provide an address, you will receive info about that location from “20,000 news and public safety sources.”

Add People
Take the time to figure out to which of the people you know you want to stay connected with. Then click “People” from the Vine dashboard and click “Add People” to start entering the email address of the contacts you want to invite to Vine. These people will receive an invitation to use Vine; alternatively you could send them a postcard invite (PDF warning).

Groups
To create a group of Vine contacts you need only click “People” and then click “Create a Group.” The default group in Vine is “Emergency contacts.”

Send Alerts
This one is self explanatory, but the example the Vine Team provided is as follows: “if you're stuck at work and need someone to pick up your child at school, send a Vine alert to your emergency contacts. You can send and receive alerts via e-mail, text message, or your Vine dashboard. To send from your Vine dashboard, click the "Send Alert" button to begin. To send via e-mail or text message, print this emergency card (PDF) for instructions.”

Reports
When you want to share info with your Vine contacts (like the fact that you will organize an event, or you will be going away on a trip) all you have to do is post a report. Simply click “Post Report” and either select from pre-populated reports or write one of your own.

If you would like to get started with Vine, you can download the software directly from Microsoft’s official Vine web page here.



Tags: Microsoft, Vine, Societal Networking, Notification Service
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