1. Network? What network?
Your network — that's quite simply the members you want to share your docs and posts with, and more generally keep in touch.
As soon as you add persons to your network, you are invited to designate them as friends, relatives or simply as contacts. What they will be allowed to see in your space is determined by how you designate them.
The more persons you count as part of your network, i.e. your circle of known persons, the more you will enjoy using ipernity. You can share your holiday films, pictures of your children or of evenings with friends with those in your intimate circle. Further, you will be able to meet friends of your friends or rediscover distant cousins.
Beyond that, ipernity is also a way to showcase your talents.
After all, why take the greatest pictures in the world if nobody can see them?
2. Friend, Family, or just a Contact?
When you add a person to your network, you can specify what is your relationship:
- family member
- both, Family and Friend (e.g. a childhood friend who knows your friends and also your family)
- contact (ideal when you discover on ipernity a member you want to keep up with). This is an implicit choice: if you don't tick the "Friends" and the "Family" boxes, then the person you invited is added as a simple contact.
It's an important choice because it determines what people will be allowed to see in your space:
- A friend will have access to your docs and posts marked for "Friends"
- A member of your family can view your docs and posts marked for "Family"
- A member of Family & Friends will be able to see what you share with "Friends" and with "Family"
- A contact will have access only to your "Public" sharings
- Everyone, whether or not an ipernity member, will have access to your "Public" content.
3. Invite the people I know to join me on ipernity
The easiest and quickest way is to import your address book: you thus invite all your friends and family with one click and you automatically see who's already on ipernity.
If you prefer to issue a classical invitation, go to My network / Invite by email.
In either case, be sure to tick the boxes for Family and/or Friends (or else the person you are inviting will be considered to be a contact). This will determine what the people you know will be allowed to see in your space.
You will be notified when a person has accepted your invitation and then this person will automatically be included in your network.
4. Can I import my address book?
Yes, you can import your contacts from Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Outlook, etc. Creating your network is made easier because a single click is enough to invite all the persons you know. This eases the creation of your network because you can invite all your friends and family with one click!
Go to the Invite / Use your address book page.
5. How do I know if an invitation was accepted?
Once an invitation is accepted, you receive a message telling you the person has been added to your network. You can also check your invitation history.
When you add an ipernity member to your network, they automatically appear in your network.
6. Add a member to my network
Simple. Mouse-over the member's photo, click on the blue arrow and then on "Add to your network".
Inclusion in your network occurs automatically.
Or you can go to the member's home page and click on "Add X to your contacts?"
7. I 've added a member to my network. Does the member know?
Yes, for doesn't everyone like to know they have fans?
The member you added to your network has been informed and may then add you to his/her own network.
8. Blocking a member
Is a member bothering you? Don't be alarmed, the "Block this person" function can fix the situation.
This means he or she:
- Will be removed from your network and will vanish from the "You are their contact" pages
- Will no longer be able to be in touch with you
- Will no longer be able to post a comment in your space (and all their comments will be deleted)
- Will no longer be able to send you a message or chat with you (and all their messages will be deleted)
- Will not be able to have anything at all to do your space
- Will certainly be sad about your decision, but it's your choice
But they will still be able to come and view your public docs and posts.
If you are sure you want to block a member, they must cease to be part of your network. If that's what you want to do, you must first remove them from the network. Then mouse over their member icon, hit the blue arrow and hit "Block"
You can unblock the person at any time, however, the items removed as a result of the block will not be restored.
9. Changing members from one category to another (Friend/Family/Contact)
On ipernity as in life, relationships may not stay the same. Thus, a contact may turn into a friend. Managing your network requires being able to modify it at any time: Go to "Manage Your Network" (accessed from the "My Network" menu), and roll your mouse over each member photo, then click on the blue arrow and hit "Change".
10. What is "You are their Contact"?
This page displays all the members who are not part of your network, but who have added you to their network. This may lead you to visit their space and — why not?— in turn add them to your network!
11. How many members can I have in my network?
As many as you want! The more the merrier ;-)