I was talking with a coworker this morning about something really cool that we'll get to do coming up here soon. Our employer is putting together a training on Web 2.0 tools. And she was working on her content contribution regarding social networking and how it can be an asset in the workplace. It reminded me of some posts I had recently read, I will link them here and here.
My coworker was asking if I thought I would add any site to her list beyond the basic (isn't funny how they're already basic?) MySpace and Facebook etc. It occurred to me that maybe we should mention career-specific sites. One that I like, and though have not yet become a proficient user of, and really it would be considered a wiki more than a social netowrking site, is Curriki.org.
The idea behind it is that users set up a profile, and then add content that is then a public teaching resource. It's netowrking because you're able to contact one another for teaching/learning opportunities, but it's a wiki because of the forum. Another thing that occured to me is a conversation I had with a friend the other day. The same friend who I had coffee with, who I speak so seldom to anymore because it seems to have become strained and awkward. He said he was reading my blog. And that's ok with me. There is more of me on here, than probably anywhere else. And if our friendship continues in a more virtual way, if it allows us to be more open and truthful, I welcome that. At least I can't say that we don't talk anymore.
Communication is changing. And I am welcoming the change. I am also questioning the way we are doing things, still. But With chnage brings new growth. And growth brings beauty. Hopefully.
How about you? What do you use to network?