Business and Social Networking for Jobs

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Ecademy
This is a business networking site, requiring membership; but that membership is free.

Ecademy enables business people to connect through online networking, at business networking events and 1-2-1 meetings - a community that advocates, connects and helps one another.

Ecademy provides networking opportunities:

  • Have an online profile - tell others about yourself and what you do
  • Join clubs - these are business networking groups based around expertise and topics
  • Online networking - exchange messages with other members through the private messaging system
  • Ask for introductions through "friends of friends"
  • Search for old friends and former colleagues
  • Add your CV so people can find out more about your skills and experience

Facebook
Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people's real-world social connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.

There is a step-by-step guide to building your profile, uploading pictures, posting messages on the wall, etc.

Linked In
LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts.

Plaxo
Plaxo started with a different kind of address book, one that leverages the power of the network effect to stay up-to-date. And now, they're bringing those address books to life with "Pulse," a new way to enrich your connection with the people in your life. Pulse is a bit like some social networks you've heard of, but it's different in several key ways…

First, Pulse is not a place to see how many online "friends" you can collect. It’s meant to be a better way for you to stay in touch with the people you actually know and care about — your family, your real-world friends, and the people you know from business. Pulse makes it easy for you to see what they’re creating and sharing online — their blogs, the photos they’re uploading, their restaurant reviews, and so much more.

Second, Pulse is not a "walled garden." It’s a dashboard for seeing what the people you know are creating and sharing all over the open web. You can hook your Pulse account up to all the places where you create or share stuff (your blog, Flickr, Twitter, Yelp, and more than 30 other sites).

But "open" does not mean "public." With Plaxo, you have fine-grained control over what you share with whom, whether that’s your contact info — or your photos from last weekend.

Twitter
One source says to use your Twitter account with a blog or a Linked In profile.
 
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29-Mar-2009