- Installing the Social Connector and Adding Social Networks
- Viewing Profile Photo and Updates
- Adding People to Your Social Network
Viewing Profile Photo and Updates
The primary interface to your social networks in Outlook is through the People Pane, which is displayed by default when reading email messages and viewing the details of Contacts. Figure 1, shown earlier, shows an example of this pane.
The People Pane will automatically try to display the photo and status info of the sender. If the sender has an account at more than one of the supported social networks, you can hover over the profile photo and click the next arrow to see the profile photo of the other social network. The status updates of all their networks will show in the box on the right. You can see varying views on three different tabs: the first two and the last tabs.
If you're friends with the person, you'll see the icon for the social network next to the Add button. You can click this icon to go to their profile. You can also click the profile links (the person's name) that appear in the status updates, even if you aren't connected with them.
Outlook will also attempt to retrieve the profile details for any other recipients of the message. Thumbnails of the profile photos of each person on the message are displayed in the upper-right corner of the People Pane. You can click the thumbnails to make their details appear. Like the big profile photo, it is blank if that person doesn't have a profile or photo on their profile.
You might see the photo or profile details for people you don't even know or whose you don't have a connection with through a social network. This can happen if the person makes their profile public; they share with anyone.
On the other hand, in some cases the profile information for some people (even your friends) that have a profile won't appear in Outlook. This can happen, for instance, for people that don't share their email address with their profile or use a different address than what you have in Outlook.