Getting Started on myRAteam Part 2

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Part 2

Friendship

Breaking the Ice

This is part 2 of 2 from the series is to help you get to know more great people on myRAteam. When making valuable connections and friendships, the first place to start is with oneself (see part 1 here). The next part is even easier.

What brings you here?

Before saying ‘hi’ to someone on the site, consider why you want to connect with others. People on myRAteam are initially drawn here out of curiosity and hope. They want to tackle the everyday challenges of someone who lives with rheumatoid arthritis. To do this, they want to get perspective on what others go through by reading updates, they want to support others, share their day and feel supported, too. The bonus scenario would be that they find others in their neighborhood or others (across country, even) who share their interests. All of these things are great foundation building blocks for connecting with others on myRAteam. Knowing what you want out of myRAteam makes it easier to break the ice with others.

Meet others near you

Here is a quick shortcut to finding others within 50-miles of your town. On the left side of your profile, where your photo, name, and city is located, click your city name. This will take you to a search results page for others near you. Go to your page to try this.

Meet others who share a similar diagnosis

Using the Meet Others feature on the site, you can filter search results for people by location, diagnoses, and even treatments. Once you find others like you, take a moment to read their story. When you click on a person’s name on the site, you’ll be taken to their page. On the left side of their page click “Story”. There you can learn more about each person. Give it a try.

Read and like someone’s story

Have you ever read someone else’s account of what happened to them, and said “that’s happened to me before?”  And by reading the story, you realized that it made you feel better, not because it solved your problem, but because you found someone you could relate to. By “liking” another’s story, you’re letting them know you ‘get it’ or that you appreciate the time they took to share their personal story.

Connecting by acknowledging

The most effective connections we see on the site are made when people comment on each others’ updates, or “like”, or “hug”, or all of the above. Another level of connecting is “saying hi”. But saying hi in a way that shows you have taken a moment to learn about the other person through acknowledging what they’ve already shared about themselves on the site through their story, comments or updates. Another way: share what you have in common with the other person. Post on someone’s page on myRAteam or comment in the activity stream. See what happens.

Welcoming others to the site

You’ve seen them, you’ve been them…the new person on the site who gets the nerve, and shyly writes in their first update, “This is my first post, I’m new here…” Welcome them! Boy it sure takes guts to write that first post, doesn’t it feel good to be received and warmly welcomed by others? It’s like being at a housewarming party where you’ve been invited, but not sure who to talk to. If you’re reading this post, you’re practically a veteran of myRAteam. Definitely feel good about welcoming new people to the site. It’s a great feeling.

Adding people to Your team

Anyone can add anyone else to their team. This is a simple way to keep track of others you’d like to get to know better or would like to keep track of whenever they post updates. It’s also a nice gesture between people. We’re all on each other’s team, but adding another to your team is an extra bit of support.

How do you like to connect with people on myRAteam? What ways have worked for you?  You’ll be surprised how effective sharing a little bit about yourself can go with building trust among others in the myRAteam community.

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