CPD23 2012 Thing 6 – Online Networks revisited

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Why do I network online?  Simply I enjoy it and I find it useful.

An example of a fun use of online networking – I have recently connected on Twitter and Facebook with a group of people from all around the world who are just as obsessed with that fabulous 1980s TV show Moonlighting as I am. We chat, we post pictures and some of the girls share fan fiction too.

And fun can be useful too – from some fashion blogs I have found some great online clothes shops. I have now connected on Twitter with some of the bloggers so I can join in the girly chat.

Of course I also use online networking for work; in particular LinkedIn and Twitter.  I really need to take my LinkedIn use to the next level and start participating in the groups I am a member of.  Twitter has expanded my professional network way beyond what I could manage in the real world, this is particularly useful in these days of reduced training budgets meaning less chances for going to conferences, courses and networking events in person.

I’ve probably said enough about Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn in previous posts so I’ll move onto the further two networks it’s suggested we try out  –

Google+

I joined Google+ a few months ago and set up a profile.  I’ve added some people to my circles but I don’t really know what to do with it next!  None of the people in my circles seem to be doing anything on Google+ which is boring!  If Google+is going to stay the distance and become a place worth hanging out I think I need to do the same as I have done with Twitter and create two accounts, one for personal and one for professional and then start posting stuff.  I’ll probably focus on the professional as none of my friends seem to be using Google+.  If anyone else is successfully using Google+ I’d love to hear what you’re doing.

Pinterest

I managed to get an invitation to Pinterest relatively early on and started pinning away with gusto and without much thought.  That’s when there was an explosion of publicity about Pinterest and the copyright issues with the site.  I am still using Pinterest but I haven’t pinned as much recently and I’m thinking about whether it’s appropriate to pin something before I do.  I use Pinterest for fun only, I can’t think of any use for Pinterest in a corporate law firm library.