Networking

Networking – PFP Assignments

1. Join an Online Social Network
Join a full-featured, Web 2.0-based social network like Facebook or Plaxo Pulse, or a more primitive “first-generation” social network like Orkut or MySpace.
 If you aren’t sure which one you want to join, check out the big List of Social Networking Websites at Wikipedia. See if you can find one that reflects your specific interests, and which has a good privacy policy and gives the user a lot of control over the ways they can manage what they learn/watch about their friends lives (they way Facebook lets you manage your “mini-feeds about all your friends there), and the group collaboration tools they can use (Facebook’s are the best, at present). On Facebook, users can install about 5,000 (and counting) different types of applications on their FB home page, which they can use to keep track of, give feedback to, or play games with their online friends. Once you’ve set up your profile at your social network of choice, consider inviting some of your family and friends (from your Family+Friends page) to join you. Getting your friends and family into the digital online world will allow you to follow their lives much more easily than ever before. Let us know below which network you chose to join, and what you think of it so far (even if you’ve only spend 20 minutes in it, and are looking around for the first time). (Social Network name, plus 1 paragraph description evaluation “so far.”)
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2. Advice: Join a Business Social Network
Create a profile for yourself (a "digital business card") on a good business social network like LinkedIn or Xing. Look around there for someone you can friend who has advanced skills in one of your areas of professional interest. Send them a friend request, telling them why you want them in your network. If you keep coming back to these networks and doing searches for people who 1) live in your vicinity, and 2) have skills in areas you are interested, or 3) work at companies you are interested in, you can slowly but steadily grow your network of professional contacts, and by watching what they are doing, learn more about what kinds of things you can do in your industry as well.
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Ready to start using this wiki page for to record and reflect on your personal Networking activities? Go ahead and keep writing at the top of this page once you've finished these assignments. May you have a happy, well-connected, and productive future!


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