The impact of Social Networking websites (more so on the average young net-user!) cannot be exaggerated. There are Orkut and Facebook (really, the more popular ones in the “jungle out there!”).. which are pureplay Social Networking websites. Then there are Professional Networking sites like Linked In which primarily cater to Professionals for “Professional Networking.” LinkedIn has a rather professional feel to it and the layout of the site itself is resume-like. Also, it includes a feature which enables your present / past colleagues to recommend you and talk about how the experience of working with you was.
So far so good! … Now, the meet! — To my utter amazement, I came across this post which talked about Professional Networking sites where even your “friends” can write reccomendations for you. Hmm… Let me see… Would that be “Socio-Professional” networking?! 😀 ..
Anyway, the site in question (Yes, the “Socio-professional” networking website!) is Doostang.com. Interstingly, I clicked on the link and I found this message:
I left a comment on there expressing my surprise at the number of Social Networking sites that are mushrooming and the fact that people are actually signing up on so many of them! This is the response I got:
“Yeah I agree. I find it difficult to manage so many networks though. I need a program to assimilate everything now!”
A “program” for managing profiles on Social Networks??… Hmmmm…. I hope my geekier buddies are reading this.. Unless there are some that have already eben created!
Networking, I agree, is a must. But I was quite content with orkut until I recently joined Facebook and realized that it offers a lot more than orkut. What I liked best was that you could integrate your WordPress blog into Facebook so your posts and comments can pretty much be on your Profile page on Facebook. (So, basically you can read the last 3 posts on TalkingTails from My Facebook Profile!) Besides, there are a lot of other nice applications and widgets that you can drag-and-drop onto your profile — Including integration with del.icio.us (a Social Bookmarking website — Very soon we need a New Dictionary with some 100 new terms starting with the word “Social”).
Amen to that! — & Have a nice Weekend!