What’s the difference between a “Contact” and a “Colleague?”

  • A colleague is someone who is a member of irefer and a contact is not.
  • It’s essential that your entire professional network is represented in your directory and that you can refer not only colleagues who have joined irefer.net but those that have not. 
  • It makes us sad, but we do understand that not all of your professional network will join irefer.net.  To solve this issue your directory is divided into two categories.
  • Contacts & Colleagues:
    • Contacts
      • Contacts are colleagues in your directory that have not joined irefer.net. 
      • Contacts can only be manually added to a member’s directory using the “add a contact” feature on the dashboard. 
      • Private:  Although you will be able to see your contacts in your directory, they will be invisible to other colleagues when they visit your directory. 
      • Limited profile information:  contacts will only be able to share some of their profile information on their public profile. 
        • Information that will be included: name, phone number, specialties, services offered, city, state, occupation and license type. 
        • Information that will be excluded:  office address, link to website, link to blog, map to office, bio and email.
    • Colleagues
      • A colleague is someone who has joined and is a member of irefer.  A colleague on irefer is similar to the term “friend” on many social networking sites.  irefer.net is designed for professionals and it’s sort of strange to address the people in your professional network as “friends.”  Although a colleague may be a friend too, colleague seemed to be a more appropriate term.  
      • Colleague’s can be added to your by clicking the button, “add a colleague” in your colleague’s directory or by inviting your contacts to join irefer.net.
      • They must accept your invite in order for them to be added to your directory as a member.