Social Networking 101

The new social networking craze can be confusing, but here are some key terms to make the transition to social networking easier.

What is social networking?
>Social networking is the grouping of individuals into specific groups, or subdivisions, usually in online communities. It is a way for the millions of people on the internet to connect to others and develop friendships, as well as business relationships.

What do social networking sites allow you to do?
>You may connect to people you know, knew in the past, or even wish to meet by looking at their profile pages and then contacting them if you wish. You can also control privacy settings to monitor who sees your profile.

Here are some common terms you may hear in the social networking world:

Wikipedia: a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project. Wikipedia pages are written collaboratively by people from all around the world.
LinkedIn: online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, connecting to find potential clients, business opportunities, post job listings and more.
Facebook: a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work and live around them. You can keep up with friends, upload pictures, share links, and meet new people.
Blogs: a site where you can post thoughts, interact with people, and get feedback from people about the things you write.
Twitter: a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send and read other users’ updates. You can receive updates from specific people that you sign up for.

If you are on Facebook or LinkedIn, and a member of the WPO, please add me as a friend!

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2 thoughts on “Social Networking 101

  1. Hi Marsha – Thanks for providing this useful introduction to many of the tools we can use for social networking online. I have recently found another excellent tool, a Network Circle, at w2wlink.com, which is comprised of members with a common professional goal. It is similar to a blog, but with a higher level of confidential profiling to bring peers together who share common goals. – Rachel

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