You and your fellow co-workers bring different strengths and knowledge to your organization. By using features in the “Ask Me About” section of your My Sites, you and co-workers can tap into this knowledge pool by identifying these areas of strength and asking each other questions. Ask Me About encourages users to develop and use a community resource that taps into the knowledge of the organization.
What do you want to do?
Add keywords to Ask Me About in your profile
To add new keywords, do the following steps:
- Do one of the following:
- If you are already viewing someone’s profile or a page on your My Site, click My Profile.
- If you are viewing a different type of page on your SharePoint site, click your name in the upper right corner, and then click My Profile.
- Under your picture, click Edit My Profile.
- In your profile, click inside the “Ask Me About” box.
- To add keywords, type text in the box, and separate multiple keywords with semi-colons. If the Suggestion box appears, and you see a keyword in the list that looks appropriate, click the keyword.
To learn about how keywords get listed in the Suggestion box, read the section “Understanding keyword and colleague suggestions” in Manage the information you share through your My Site and profile.
- When you’re done adding keywords, at the top of the page click Save and Close.
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Ask a question on someone else’s My Site
If you find a relevant keyword in the Ask Me About section on someone else’s My Site, you can use that keyword to ask that person a specific question about the keyword topic.
To ask a question:
- Go to the My Site of the person whom you want to ask a question.
- Click the Overview tab.
- In the Ask Me About section, click the keyword you want to ask a question about.
- The keyword appears in the person’s Note Board box below the Ask Me About section. In the following example, Molly Clark clicks Ad campaigns on Christa Geller’s My Site to begin composing a question on the topic in her Note Board::
- Enter the question associated with the keyword, and then click Post.
The question appears below the Note Board on the colleague’s profile page. For example, here’s the question as it appears on Christa’s profile page.
Finally, depending on profile settings in the contact’s My Site, the colleague also receives the question in an email. The email includes a link to facilitate responding to the question. In the example below, Christa Geller receives an email to notify her about the note Molly has left on her profile page:
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Answer a question that someone posts on your My Site
When someone posts a question on the note board in your My Site, it appears below the note board on your profile page. Additionally, depending on settings in your profile, you may also receive the question in an email.
Note To be notified about questions posted on your profile page in an email, the setting Notify me when someone leaves a note on my profile must be enabled in your profile.
On your My Site, you can respond to a question by clicking the name of the colleague who sent you the question. You can then navigate to the Note Board on your colleague’s My Site, and enter a response.
If you receive an email, you can click the leave a note link to go to the profile page on the colleague’s My Site. You can then enter a response in the Note Board.
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Find people who know topics you’re interested in
You can search for people who have listed topics of interest in the Ask Me About section of their profile by entering keywords on the My Content page of your My Site.
- On your My Site, click the My Content tab.
- Enter a keyword for the topic you want to find and then click the Search icon.
In the example below, the keyword “Ad Campaigns” is entered in the Find People box.
The search result lists people who have included the specified keyword in their profile as an Ask Me About topic, an Interest topic, or who have memberships related to the keyword. The search result gives preference to people who specify the keyword as an Ask Me About topic.
The example below shows the result of searching on the keyword “Ad Campaigns”.
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