Networking in the 21st century?

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  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google+
Hello everyone!

I’m working on a new presentation and would love your thoughts on this.

When thinking about networking as a professional on this age of social media and instant communication, what comes to mind? Do you have any thoughts or tips on how to best network today?

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  • PM4TM

    Do you actively network on LinkedIn when you’re not necessarily looking for a job?

  • PracticingITPM

    PM4TM Networking on LinkedIn is my first choice for everything from getting answers to identifying trends.  Twitter is mostly Spam; Facebook is becoming unusable.  LinkedIn, faults and all, is the best social media platform for people with professional aspirations.

  • PM4TM

    Hi, PracticingITPM Thanks for that input.  Would you share with us what your goals are with LinkedIn and how you are using it? #PMOT

  • PracticingITPM

    PM4TM PracticingITPM I post discussions related to my blog posts in several key groups, and comment on the discussions stated by others.  When my book is published, I’ll announce it on LinkedIn.  #pmot

  • PM4TM

    PracticingITPM Great.  That’s the way to go.  What will your book be about?

  • PracticingITPM

    PM4TM PracticingITPMThe Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation
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  • PM4TM

    PracticingITPM It sounds like a great book.  Let me know if I can help you with the launch in any way!

  • alisonwood611

    I think Google+ is the easiest and most open platform to use for networking. Facebook doesn’t really allow you to add people when they are not part of your network in some way, I got banned from Facebook for talking to too many people who I hadn’t met before. Twitter is ok but you are limited by the amount you can say and that it isn’t always private, also that you can’t see a lot about the other people on their profiles. Linkedin groups are good but  still find there is a barrier between myself and the world unless I have spoken to them before. I don’t accept invitations from people who I’ve never spoken to anywhere else, it seems a bit weird. Google+ freely lets you circle whoever you want, send messages, links, photos, video hangouts and stuff. I don’t feel like I’m invading someone’s personal space if I send them a message to say hello and ask them to tell me about their job or interests!

  • Charles Ben Ami

    Google+ is becoming my preferred platform. It has the best potential for calibrating the interactions via circles and communities.

    I’m starting to see LinkedIn more as a place to keep online profile/resume – a reference for people who want to know a little more about me.

    Twitter doesn’t work for me. It feels like a bunch of people shouting out into the interwebs with a few side conversations.  IMO, most of what Twitter does, G+ does better because of the circles and communities.

    Facebook is strictly personal.

  • PM4TM

    Charles Ben Ami Charles, thanks for that. I tend to agree with you.  I find that this all depends on niche though.  For my PM contacts, there’s a lot of interaction on Twitter and G+.  For construction professionals, they seem to be more on LinkedIn.  
    Facebook is more of a personal place for me as well.

    Have you seen our G+ community?

  • Charles Ben Ami

    PM4TM Charles Ben Ami I surprised myself. I thought I was already a member. I have corrected that now 🙂

  • PM4TM

    Charles Ben Ami PM4TM Looking forward to interacting with you there.  For those reading, check out  http://pmforthemasses.com/google

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