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Welcome to Land Surveyors United! This is Your New Member's Guide

UPDATE:  Please Visit Getting Started Page to get familiar with the community.

If you are new to the group, this page is for you- welcome to the LSU community! You are now part of a multi-media social experiment that has never been tried in the land surveying industry. This is the first time in history that land surveyors have a place that they can not only ask and share help with questions pertaining to the profession, but also contribute photos, video and blogging resources with others who have many of the same experiences as you every day. To ensure that you get the most out of this network there are at least 3 things that you should do to get started: 1) Fill out your profile and picture (customize if you like), 2) Create a page with your company information and credentialsand finally, 3) Start a discussion or contribute to one already started..

How to use Forums
The forums on LSU are here to be used as much for finding help with problems in the field as the are for you to express your opinions on anything that has to do with land surveying in general. Feel free to share anything that is on your mind, as long as it isn't meant to damage another member's reputation. Please keep it clean and help insure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being part of a community that grows together. We are committed to allowing freedom of expression for all of our members, and that includes maintaining a safe space for people with opposing views to express themselves. We get posts from all over the country and even the globe, so needless to say, people come with different viewpoints on lad surveying practices and processes. We see this diversity and variety as a real strength-- dialogue and debate are an integral part of the educational process, as well as an important tool in exploring different sides of complex issues.

Ways to increase search engine visibility (SEO)
Each member is given their own profile page that can be configured in any manner that you choose. This includes changing the colors, background, content and just about anything you can think of. You can import RSS feeds into your profile in order to display the contents of other blogs on your profile. You also have been given the ability of adding your own page so that you can create meaningful pages showcasing any special projects that you are working on or associations in which you are involved. For those of you out there who belong to a company that has no official website or could just use some more exposure, creating a company page is a great way to increase traffic to your site. Company pages are also a terrific way to link together members of the same association.
Update! LSU members now have the option of web design help from a small professional web design company out of Charleston called Neighbor Design. Help is available to you at a very affordable price for creating company pages, association group pages and even custom flash. Please write to this member for discussing your possibilities.

Posting Photos and Video to LSU
I just know you have some photos from the field laying around somewhere or sitting on your hard drive. Why not share them on LSU?-who knows, you might get a laugh or teach someone something. Upload them to the community and share your story with the group. Giving images a title and attaching tags to them will ensure their searchability within the group. Videos are also a terrific way to share tutorials and tips on the group. We all want to know what you're best at and the types of expertise that you have. That which makes us different can actually bring us together. Please remember to only upload photographs which are surveying related.

Jumping into Discussion
Discussions are for everyone with something to say. The opinions of those in this community are of the expert caliber and they will be valued and respected by not only those in the group, but the entire world. Lets keep the discussions clean and professional, a they reflect on you and your company. If you have something to say to a member but do not care to say it to the entire group, use the private message option. Together, we can build a body of information that is priceless to the industry.

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Please bookmark this page [CtrlD] so that you can refer back to it as it will be updated quite often.
Again, welcome to the community and if there is anything that I can help you with please let me know.

Helpful Tips to Get You Started in Social Networking on LSU
If you see a question on the network which you have an answer to, (such as in the LSU Forum) reply to it. Everyone benefits from your input.
If you would like to completely customize your profile to show off your company branding or just be unique, see this blog post.
Land Surveyors United is a PERFECT place for you to stay connected with the office or other team members while in the field. Invite your other surveying co-workers or friends to the group.
Blog your experiences and blog often. Your profile already has a built-in blog already and you can use this to show off pictures, video, or anything which is surveying related to the group. Post some tutorials or shortcuts that you know. If you need blogging ideas or help customizing your blog, let me know. Blogging is a terrific way to show off your expertise, help guide others and increase search engine traffic to both your profile and your external website.
Land Surveyors United has satellite groups throughout the social web. If you are on facebook, myspace, Linkedin or other social networks, connect with other surveyors and link to your profile. The best type of person to help a surveyor IS another surveyor....
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If you need help with anything at all, feel free to send me a message on my Admin Profile

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