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Smarter collaboration: Networking

Networking

Start building a personal contact network for your future. Of course you can create networks using Facebook, Instagram and Google+ but since these are so well-known we look at some alternatives in this section.

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Twitter

Twitter needs little introduction since it is used by millions all over the world. However it can be an extremely useful networking tool both for your studies and professional career. You write short messages (280 characters) to all who follow you or follow a discussion theme (hashtags like #edtech or #library). You can tweet links, comments or questions. If you see a good tweet from someone else you can forward it to your network (retweet).

Start by following people you know who are already active. See who they follow and follow the ones who look intersting. Some will follow you back. Slowly you build your network and if you offer interestig comments and provide good links to news, articles etc people will star following you. 

Slack

Slack is a tool for group communication with the focus on messaging and can replace e-mail for internal communication within a project or small company. It is basically an advanced chat service but it also integrates other social media tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Twitter, Trello and many more. Works on all devices.

Here's a short introduction film.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world's biggest career network and if you're soon going to look for a job a good LinkedIn profile and network can help a lot. It is used for employment opportunities, professional networking, news monitoring and sales. You create an online CV on LInkedIn and can easily present your qualifications, work experience, projects, skills and publications to prospective employers. 

Another important function is building a professional network but it's important that your contacts here should be professional rather than friends and relatives. Employers will check your profile and your connections so you should treat LinkedIn as your shop window to employers and keep it updated.

There are also many professional networks to join in LinkedIn and this is a good way to build your community.

Here's a short introduction film.