Finding ways to network online is becoming more and more popular. I realized that good ol’ Facebook is probably not the best way to network unless you have a strictly business profile (which, many people have duplicate accounts- that’s another blog post for another time). Facebook is more closed than other sites.
An example of an open site is definitely Twitter. The awesome thing about Twitter is that users can search for virtually anyone or anything on Twitter. If someone is an accountant, they can search for other accountants, accounting firms or agencies, or accountant conversations (after all, it is tax season- then again, accountants might be too busy to discuss much on Twitter!).
One of the most popular sites on the Internet currently is Pinterest. It is by far one of my favorite sites. It is similar to Twitter in that it is an open site; content is easy to search and find. It is less conversational than Twitter, opting to communicate mostly through pictures that users find and pin to various boards.
As you can see, networking and being social online is never going to fade away. It is time to join sites you never thought you’d consider. It is time to get a little uncomfortable as you reach out to other networkers. Whatever your passionate about, I can almost guarantee that there is a group out there somewhere discussing that very thing. It might require some digging, but seek out people who share your interests, hobbies, and/or profession. After all, it is always nice to have a support group in place who can understand and relate what you might be experiencing.