Use the Connections feature of the People Connections service to establish a social network comprised of the coworkers you collaborate with most, your contacts, and your work friends and associates.
To perform the tasks in this chapter, you need the application-level permission
People Connections: Connect with People. To work with connections lists, you also need the application-level permission
People Connections: Update People Connections Data.
You can use Connections to collect your business friends and contacts into a social network, manage your connections, and view the connections of others. Using People Connections preferences, you can grant different levels of access to those who are and are not your connections. For example, you can give access to views of your profile, message board, activity stream, and feedback to just your connections, leaving the people who are not your connections without access. For your profile, you can limit view privileges to just your connections or enable your connections to view certain sections of your profile, while hiding those sections from users who are not your connections. For your message board and feedback, you can give everyone view access, but limit post access to just your connections or to a limited set of your connections through a connections list. When you connect with other users, you give them access to your People Connections views and gain access to theirs.
People Connections encompasses Connections, Profile, Activity Stream, Message Board, and Feedback. For more information, see:
For information about setting your Connections preferences, see Setting Connections Preferences.
Before you begin to build your social network, your system administrator can set global application defaults that affect what all users may see and do with their own and other users' connections. For more information, see Configuring People Connections for WebCenter Portal in Oracle Fusion Middleware Administering Oracle WebCenter Portal.
WebCenter Portal provides the following Connections views that can be added to a portal page:
Connections for viewing and managing your connections, creating connections lists, and sending and responding to invitations to connect (Figure 10-1)
Figure 10-1 Connections View
Connections - Card for photos, status messages, and instant contact options (Figure 10-2)
Figure 10-2 Connections - Card View
Connections - Detailed View for photos and quick access to your connections and to features for inviting new, managing existing, and organizing lists of your connections (Figure 10-3). This is the same view you see when you click the Connections tab on the Profile page.
Figure 10-3 Connections - Detailed View
Connections - Quick View for photos and quick access to your connections (Figure 10-4). This is the same view you see on the right side of the main Profile page.
Figure 10-4 Connections - Quick View
You use Connections preferences to specify who can view information about the people you have connected with and whether to accept invitations to be others' connections automatically.
Figure 10-5 Connections Preferences
Everyone—All users, including users who are not logged in, can see information about your connections.
Authenticated Users—Only users who are logged in can view your connections.
User's Connections—Only you and your connections can view your connections.
User Only—Only you can view your connections.
If the Grant View Access to list is disabled in your view contact your system administrator.
Deselect this check box to leave yourself the option of accepting, refusing, or ignoring an invitation to connect with another user.
You access other users' profiles the same way you access your profile. For information, see Viewing a Profile.
You can view your connections in any Connections view, including on the Connections tab of your Profile page, which you can navigate to by clicking your user name wherever it appears in the application.
This section describes how to access the Connections page and view or search through your connections. It includes the following topics:
To view your connections:
You can also use the following URL to navigate to a Profile page:
userName matches the current user or is not specified, this URL navigates to your view of the Profile page.
userName is not the current user's, it navigates to the specified user's view of the Profile page.
Figure 10-6 Connections Tab on Profile Page
The Connections search feature provides an efficient way to locate a particular connection in an otherwise long list of connections.
To search through your connections:
You can search for part or all of a name, email, title, or department.
To exit the search, click next to the Filter field.
This section includes the following topics:
Connecting to another user potentially provides view access to that user's personal Profile and Activity Stream, and view and post access to the user's Message Board. The level of access you have to a connection is determined by the People Connections defaults set by your system administrator, the individual user's People Connections preference settings, and properties set on the Connections view.
For information about Connections preferences, see Setting Connections Preferences.
You can issue invitations from the Connections - Detailed View or from the Connections tab on your Profile page. This section describes the Connections tab method.
To invite another user to connect:
Figure 10-7 Invite People Dialog
Figure 10-8 Invitation Message Dialog
If the person you have invited set preferences to automatically accept all invitations, you are connected immediately. Otherwise, the invitation becomes available in the recipient's view of the Connections tab of the recipient's Profile page or in the Connections - Detailed View.
You can view the invitations you have sent and received in the Connections - Detailed View and on the Connections tab of your Profile page. This section describes the Connections tab method. It includes the following topics:
To view invitations you have sent:
The Connections page refreshes, now showing a list of the pending invitations to connect that you have sent (Figure 10-9).
Figure 10-9 Sent Invitations View
In the Show menu, the number next to Sent Invitations represents the number of pending invitations you have sent.
To view invitations you have received:
Alternatively, click .
The Connections page refreshes, now showing a list of the pending invitations to connect that you have received (Figure 10-10).
Figure 10-10 Pending Invitations View
In the Show menu, the number next to Pending Invitations represents the number of pending invitations you have received.
Connections provides two methods for responding to an invitation to connect:
You can set your Connections preferences to accept such invitations automatically. For information, see Setting Connections Preferences.
You can manually accept, decline, or ignore such invitations through the Connections - Detailed View or on the Connections tab of your Profile page.
This section describes the manual method of responding to invitations to connect from the Connections tab.
To respond to invitations to connect:
Alternatively, click .
Figure 10-11 Pending Invitations View Showing Accept, Decline, and Ignore Buttons
Accept—Make the connection.
Decline—Refuse the connection, with notification. When you decline an invitation to connect, the issuer becomes aware of this by watching his sent invitations.
Ignore—Remove the connection, without responding. When you ignore an invitation to connect, the issuer does not become aware of this by watching his sent invitations.
Once you respond to an invitation, it is removed from the list of received invitations. The users whose invitations you accept appear in your view of the Connections tab.
Included in the process of managing your connections is the occasional necessity of removing connections: they may leave your group or the company, or there may no longer be a compelling reason to stay connected.
Controls for removing a connection are available through the Connections tab of your Profile page and the Connections viewer and Connections - Detailed View. This section describes the Connections tab method.
To remove one of your connections:
Figure 10-12 Remove Connection
Connections provides a means of grouping your connections into lists for managing the display of your connections and your connections activities. For example:
You can select a list and view just its members on the Connections tab or in the Connections viewer or Connections - Detailed View.
You can configure Activity Stream preferences to show activities only from specified connections lists (for more information, see Setting Activity Stream Preferences).
This section describes how to create and manage lists of connections. It includes the following topics:
You can create a connections list using the Connections viewer and Connections - Detailed View, and you can create one on the Connections tab of your Profile page. This section describes the Connections tab method.
To create a list of connections:
Figure 10-13 New Connection List
To return to a view of all your connections, click All connections.
For information about adding connections to a list, see Adding a Connection to a List.
You can add connections to a Connections list from the Connections tab of your Profile page, the Connections viewer, and Connections - Detailed View. This section describes the Connections tab method.
To add a connection to a Connections list:
Figure 10-14 Add to List
Figure 10-15 Add to List Dialog
Click All to add the selected user to all of your Connections lists.
To remove a connection from a list:
Figure 10-16 Organize Connections and Lists Dialog with California Office List Selected
Figure 10-17 Remove from List Dialog
When you delete a Connections list, you are not deleting the connections you added to the list. You are deleting only the selected grouping, that is, the list itself. The connections that were on the deleted list continue to be your connections.
You can delete a Connections list from the Connections tab of your Profile page, the Connections viewer, and Connections - Detailed View. This section describes the Connections tab method.
To delete a connections list:
Figure 10-18 Delete List Option on Actions Menu