About My Site

My Site is your personal starting point for viewing and contributing to your organization's intranet through the portal site. It provides a place to save and share your work, a way to find and connect with other people in your organization and see their work, and a way to customize how other people in your organization see your work. To view My Site, click My Site on the navigation bar of the portal site.

Viewing information from My Site

Your personal site has a private view that contains information of interest to you. This view contains content targeted to you based on your membership in a particular audience. For example, if you are a new employee, you might find links to key training resources. From the private view, you can also organize and access your documents, view and manage your alerts and alert results, link to interesting people and information, view your e-mail inbox, and maintain a calendar — all from a single place.

Sharing information from My Site

Your personal site has a public view that contains information that you share with other users. The public properties of your user profile are displayed on this page, along with links and sites that you decide other users might want to see. Your most recent shared documents also appear automatically in the public view of your personal site.

The public view of your personal site is a convenient way for you to manage the way that other people in your organization find you and your work. You can easily update your public profile, provide appropriate shared links, and share documents and other information. You can send a link to your site to other people in your organization.

The public view of your site is not the only place where you can share information with other users. Your personal site also includes all the functionality of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services sites. You can create document and picture libraries, calendars, surveys, tasks, and other SharePoint lists. You can create other pages on your personal site and provide links to those pages on the public view of your site. Any of the documents you create in your personal site can be shared with other users by adding them to public document libraries.

Finding people from My Site

Just as you share information with other people in your organization through the public view of your personal site, you can also find and connect with other people through the public views of their personal sites.

When a user name appears in the portal site, you can click the name to view the public view of that person's personal site. Everything that a person chooses to share is available for you to see. You can see a person's shared links to sites, people, and documents that might help you to get your work done. You can also see what information you have in common.

Customizing personal site information

Depending upon the rights granted to you by the site administrator, you can customize your personal site information by adding and removing Web Parts, changing the layout and appearance of Web Parts on the private view of your personal site, and add links to the action pane to certain kinds of information.

Site administrators can determine the level of personalization to allow users to have on My Site. They can define the number and scope of Web Parts to allow users to add to their pages and to what extent users can add or remove those Web Parts. They can modify the shared view of My Site to customize the default appearance of personal sites. If they have the Manage Audiences right, they can also target content to users based on membership in a specific audience.

Related Topics

Modify pages on My Site

Use My Site

About user profiles

About alerts

About personal context

Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003, SharePoint Portal Server 2003