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The Taipei Community

The Taipei Expats Community is a platform for local expatriates to discuss and offer help to each other in all aspects of expat life in the Taiwanese capital. So, whether you are looking for advice from others experiences, or network with other like-minded expats, the friendly and helpful Taipei Community is always just one click away.

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Joining the Taipei Expats Community is quick, easy and totally free!

    

The Taipei Community Menu Tabs

All your menu tabs are neatly organised by their headings within the Community menu. It displays your entire community features that only members have access to.

1. Your Profile Menu Tabs

These tabs display all your available profile features to help you manage your details, notifications and activity with the other members within the Taipei community.

2. The Community Menu Tabs

These tabs display all your community features for easy networking with the other expat members. Whether it’s joining a local event, a forum discussion or a group that you are interested in, these features are there to help you interact to get the most out of the community.

3. Your Account Menu Tabs

These tabs display all your account features as a convenient way to quickly set or amend your account specifications. They are accompanied by other important tabs to offer easy contact with Taipei Expats, along with the help and support sections in case you get stuck or have an issue that needs resolving.

4. Follow us on social media

These tabs display all the current social media channels that Taipei Expats is currently on. Feel free to follow us on these platforms!

Recently Active Members

The ‘recently active members’ widget shows who was recently active within the Taipei community. These particular members are more likely to respond quicker due to their frequent activity within the community. If they are currently offline, they’re sure to return again and catch up with their notifications, messages, invitations and invite requests.

Who’s Online

The ‘who’s online’ widget shows which members are currently online. Don’t be afraid to say hello, and expand your network! Active members are more likely to respond quicker due to their recent and frequent activity within the community.

The Taipei Community Groups

The ‘groups’ widget shows what groups are currently active. The Taipei expat groups and clubs are formed by like-minded expatriates who get together regularly to enjoy their chosen discussions, activities and even to meet with people who share common interests. These groups and clubs provide a great way to meet and learn off new people, as well as to expand your social and professional networks within the community.

Finding Friends within the Taipei Community

Finding other like-minded members to connect with is easy. In fact, there are many ways to build up local professional and social networks within the community.

1. Search for other members with common interests

Your profile has a very useful friend searching tool that helps you find other like-minded expats within the Taipei community. In order to take advantage of this searching tool, you must first ensure that you have set all your interests within your profile.

To do this, go to your interests within your profile, set them all and save your preferences. Once they are set, return back to your profile and see them listed under the interests heading as links. Each interest is a link that will search for other members who share that interest with you. You are able to visit these members in common, and be able to contact them and add them as a friend to your Taipei expat network.

2. Find friends using the recently active members list

You can search through the recently active lists to view the active members’ profile details. They are more likely to respond quicker due to their frequent activity within the community. If they are currently offline, they’re sure to return again and catch up with their notifications, messages, invitations and invite requests. You can find all the recent and current active members directly from the Taipei Community.

3. Find friends within common groups, forums, events and activities

You are able to interact and connect with other expat members through all these community features. If you feel you have common interests with the other members, don’t be afraid to reach out and network with them. Send them a friend request and expand your professional and social networks within the Taipei expat community.

4. Posting a classifieds ad for a meetup

Another ideal way of building up your own expat network is by letting them contact you through a classified ad within the personals category. All your ad listings are hosted on your profile, so it is easy for members to find and connect with you. Make sure you keep your ad listing clear and to the point for the best possible results on what you are looking for. You can also post any type of meetup listings in the ‘personals’ category of the Classifieds.

Adding Friends

Adding friends is simple. Go to the members profile and you should see the ‘Add Friend‘ option under their cover photo. For mobile devices, the ‘Add Friend‘ option is under the member’s profile picture.

Once you have added a member as a friend, they will get a notification to accept your friendship by email. You will be notified once they have approved your friend request.

Unfriending Members

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Blocking Members

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Your Profile

Your profile is the first place you visit once you have signed into your account. You will find all your profile information displayed there, along with your member services such as your Profile details, activity, notifications, messages, friends, groups, forums, listingsevents and settings. Your profile can be found within the Community menu.

Setting up your profile details and keeping them up-to-date is an effective way to build up a decent network of local expat members that share many common interests with you. This is because other members may choose to visit your profile details in the aims of finding other like-minded members to connect with. Therefore, it’s worth to update your profile details, interests, personal details, and contact information.

Your Profile Picture

Having a profile picture is important. Your profile picture helps others within the Taipei community to identify you. Another important reason of a profile picture is it helps you express yourself in order to allow others to develop the right impression of you.

Your profile Picture is required: You will need to upload your profile picture before you are able to use any of the Taipei Expats Community features.

Uploading or changing your Profile Picture

Uploading or changing an existing profile picture s simple to do, and can be done within a few clicks.

To upload or change your profile picture, go to the Community menu, and you will see your profile at the top of the drop down menu. Once you are in your profile, you will find the ‘Change Profile Photo’ option directly above your profile details.

– For best results, make sure that your profile image is no smaller than 150px wide by 150px high.

Uploading or changing your Cover Photo

Uploading or changing an existing cover image is simple to do.

To upload or change your cover image, go to the Community menu, and you will see your profile at the top of the drop down menu. Once you are in your profile, you will find the ‘Change Cover Image’ option directly above your profile details.

– For best results, make sure that your cover image is no smaller than 654px wide by 225px high.

Your Profile Interests

Based on your preferences, you can receive recommend events, groups and members that match your set interests.

Your profile has a very useful friend searching tool that helps you find other like-minded expats within the Taipei community. In order to take advantage of this searching tool, you must first ensure that you have set all your interests within your profile.

To do this, go to your interests within your profile, set them all and save your preferences. Once they are set, return back to your profile and see them listed under the interests heading as links. Each interest is a link that will search for other members who share that interest with you. You are able to visit these members in common, and be able to contact them and add them as a friend to your Taipei expat network.

Your Subscription Settings

You are able to individually set all your email notifications based on your subscription settings within your  Account.

These notifications include: The latest Taiwan expat news, upcoming events & festivals and the latest published Taipei guides & articles.

*You are required to be logged in to set your notifications.

    

Events & Activities

You can find the upcoming events and activities are within the Community menu, you will see Events & Activities within the drop down menu. This is where you can find all the Taipei events and activities which are hosted by the expat community on an interactive calendar.

Joining these events and activities is a great way to meet new people and expand your social circles within Taipei.

Visit the Events & Activities.

Creating an Event

To create an event, go to the Community menu, you will see Events & Activities within the drop down menu, go to the Events & Activities to then open up the Create Event option. You can also add an event directly from within your profile event options. Creating an event requires you to fill out a simple form about the details of the event, such as the date and time, address, and even the option to add an image to represent your event.

There is an added option to setup a registration for your event. Having an event registration means members would have to sign up to your event with each registration requiring your approval as the event administrator. The settings within the event registration offers options to sell tickets and place a limit on the amount of spaces for each event. Setting a limit on the event spaces means that once it has been reached, the event registration would then close. The same would happen when the date exceeds your set period for available registrations.

Groups & Clubs

You can find and join all the groups and clubs that you are interested in within the Community menu, you will see the Groups & Clubs within the drop down menu. This is where you can find all the different types of groups and activities which are independently hosted by the Taipei community members.

These groups and clubs are formed by like-minded expatriates who get together regularly to enjoy their chosen discussions, activities and even to meet new people who share common interests. They provide a great way to meet and learn off new people, as well as to expand your social and professional networking within the Taipei community.

Visit the Groups & Clubs.

Joining a Group

You can simply join a group by selecting the particular group you want to join, and click the ‘Join Group‘ option under the group cover image.

Once you have joined a group that you are interested in, you can find it within your groups page. To view all the groups you are in, open up your profile drop-down menu to find your Groups.

Creating a Group

There are two main ways you can create a group within the community. You can either go to your profile drop-down menu, and find the option to Create Group, or select the ‘create a group’ option at the top of the Groups & Clubs page.

Creating a group requires you to fill out a simple form about the details of the group. These details involve choosing the name and description of the group, along with the group’s settings configuration, forum privacy restrictions, image and cover photo, and other members to invite to the group.

When choosing a name of the group, it can be whatever you want, and you can change it later, but try to make the group name memorable and searchable so people can easily find it.

Setting the group’s privacy options

If you set it as a public group:

  • Any site member can join this group.
  • This group will be listed in the groups directory and in search results.
  • Group content and activity will be visible to any site member.

If you set it as a private group:

  • Only users who request membership and are accepted can join the group.
  • This group will be listed in the groups directory and in search results.
  • Group content and activity will only be visible to members of the group.

If you set it as a hidden group:

  • Only users who are invited can join the group.
  • This group will not be listed in the groups directory or search results.
  • Group content and activity will only be visible to members of the group.

Setting Group Invitations

You are able to select which members of this group are allowed to invite others:

  • A) All group members,
  • B) Group admins and moderators only,
  • C) Group admins only.

Enabling a group forum

You have the option to enable your group to have its own group discussions within the Forums.

This allows members of these groups to communicate in a structured, bulletin-board fashion. These group discussions have their own visibility settings which can be set to either group members only or publicly visible within the expat forums.

 Check the box if you wish to have a forum in the group.

Adding a group profile photo

You are able to upload a group profile image to use as a profile photo for this group. The image will be shown on the main group page, and in search results. – For best results, make sure that your profile image is no smaller than 150px wide by 150px tall.

– To skip uploading the group profile photo, select the ‘Next Step’ button.

Adding a group cover photo

You are able to upload a group cover image for this group. The Cover Image will be used to customize the header of your group. – For best results, make sure that your cover image is no smaller than 654px wide by 225px high.

– To skip the group profile photo upload process, select the ‘Next Step’ button.

Inviting people to the group

After the group profile and cover image stage, you will then be able to select members to invite from your friends list.

Amending settings for the group

If you later wish to amend any settings for the group, you can select the ‘manage’ option from the main group menu. – You must be a group admin to access this option.

Terms & conditions apply.

Group Networks

The Group Networks is a feature that helps you branch out from the community. You are able to access the Group Networks to expand your professional and social networking in all of the Taipei related expat groups across all social media channels. The aim of the Group Networks is to help you improve your networking in Taiwan as it provides you with better access to the information you seek.

The group networks is organised by easily searchable color-coded categories which can help you find the particular groups and information that are available in and around the Taipei area. You can get to the Group Networks by the Community menu.

Visit the Group Networks.

Listing your own Group to the Group Networks

Community members are able to upload their own group to the Group Networks.

Listing your group on the group networks enables a channel for all interested expatriates to find and join it as an active and positive contributor. Visitors can directly join your group from Taipei Expats to wherever it is based online as a gateway to Facebook, meetup.com or anywhere else on the Internet.

Those coming from Taipei Expats are more likely to be actively engaged and interested in your group. Gaining a higher quality of members can greatly improve the positive activity, quality and therefore the searchability of your group. This can also lower the rate of negative members that post abuse and breach your group’s rules.

How to upload your own Group to the Group Networks

  1. Simply fill out the group upload form found at the bottom of the Group Networks page.
  2. Read and accept the Terms of Service, then submit your group listing.
  3. Your uploaded group will go through a verification process, and you will receive a confirmation after the upload process is complete. If the upload is successful, you should be able to see it listed within the Group Networks immediately.

*You are required to be logged in to list your own groups.

    

Terms & conditions apply.

The Expat Forum

Taipei Expats offers a forum that covers a vast range of topics for all members to contribute and benefit from. The expat forum is within the Community menu. Anyone can visit the forum and read posts, but you must be logged in to your account to start any topics and reply to any posts.

Visit the Expat Forum.

Group discussions held within the forums

Group admins have the option to host their own group discussions within the expats forum. This allows members of these groups to communicate in a structured, bulletin-board fashion. These group discussions have their own visibility settings which can be set to either group members only or publically visible within the expat forums.