Social Networking

Social Networking

Twitter, Facebook, My Space, Bebo, Ava Living, LinkedIn, etc. What do all of these mean to me, what can they do for me, and what in the world is it? Social Networking can no longer be considered a “fad” and has quickly become one of the preferred methods of communication and connection for the masses (or at least those who actively maintain an account on one of the aforementioned entities). The primary focus of these sites is to be a tool for communication and connectivity. They allow us to keep “tabs” on old classmates, friends, colleagues, and, for some (go ahead and admit it) keep an eye on our children. Some of these social networking sites are committed to specific niches such as collegiate athletics or specific professions. For instance, “Ava Living” is dedicated to connecting Interior Designers. Facebook tends to be more for personal use, but with the ability to create “Pages,” it is becoming more of an avenue for businesses and organizations to advertise and reach a larger pool of people. LinkedIn remains a good site for Professionals to network through “degrees of separation”. It is also great for creating and maintaining business contacts, job searching (with the ability to have access to a “living resume”) and both personal and business references. Additionally, there have been instances of entrepreneurs who have been able to grow their businesses through use of these tools. If you are looking to get “connected” and join the ranks of those who are already working the cyber network, my advice would be to research what you feel would most benefit your needs and keep just a few manageable accounts. Here is an article I found on listing the “Most Popular Social Networking Sites for Business Networking” that you might find helpful: Social Networking Reviews What social networking sites are you using and what are your favorites? Do you have any success stories where the use of Social Networking has benefitted you or your business? Check out the i.d.o. Incorporated social networking efforts here. We hope you will become a Fan! Submitted By: Amanda Medlen

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