-Customize your “My Page”. This page is great for sharing more about yourself.
At the very least, add a photo instead of the default hand image. You can add a photo to it (clicking on the “Change My Profile Photo” link at the top right)
You can click on the “Edit” button in the box at the top and make it an “About Me” section. You can also do a blog post from here and read the comments that other people leave you in your Comment Wall. Any blog posts you write are displayed along with the other 5 most recent posts on the home page.
Some members have gotten very creative and also changed the page appearance (you can do this by clicking on the “Edit Page Appearance” link at the top.
-Explore the Groups: there are various groups that have been set up by other members. Some of them are regional, some of them are thematic. You can join as many groups as you want or you can create new ones if you don’t find one that suits your needs. Inside each group, you can communicate with the other members in a more “private” space and hold discussions that are group-specific (these discussions are not displayed on the home page).
-Join and Participate in our Chat Room:
http://tudiabetes.com/group/tudiabeteschatroom. To chat with other members, you have to request an invite the first time. Chat Times are: 9 PM EST, 9 PM GMT and 9 PM Local Sidney time.
-Check out the Videos: you can view videos that others have added and add your own. Tu Diabetes allows you to paste YouTube videos as well as your videos, from your own computer, if you prefer. All the videos can be linked to or embedded into your personal blogs or other sites, if you so want to. You can view the latest videos posted by other members (and yourself) on the home page too.
-Picture anyone? Photos for everybody!: same as with videos. The most recent 50 photos are displayed on a slideshow in the home page, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg… There’s SO many photos, you can be looking at them all day and not be done. You can choose to upload your own too.
-As you are exploring photos, also make sure to take a photo of yours for the “Word in your Hand” Project.
-Forum to Discuss: the forum is broken down by categories. In the main Forum page only the most recent discussions are displayed, so if you are looking for more topics about, say, Type 1 Diabetes, click on the heading for the section and you will see many, many more threads going on. You can do this or you can also search the forums, to see if the particular topic you are looking for information on has been discussed already. If not, you can always start your own discussion. The discussions with the most recent comments (and the most recent discussions) are displayed on the home page, below the photo slideshow.
-Invite others: Last, after you have spent some time on the site, why not invite others to join? You can click on the Invite tab to do this. Also, we don’t mind if you link to the site from your blog or other sites. The more members, the merrier!
Any other suggestions? Well… in any case, this is bidding you a BIG welcome and a great and useful time here in Tu Diabetes!