Social Media & Online Networking – Part 3

Thank you for coming back to my series on how to get started with Social Media & Online Networking. In this part of the series, we will focus on the best sites to get you started with your online journey.Facebook – Social Networking plus marketing tools for small business.* Post videos and photos, “tag” photos which can then be posted on your friends page.* Multiple applications allow you to post items from this site to their sites or too your Facebook page from other sites.* Network – can be divided into different groups with you providing or denying permission to join.* Fan pages can be created as well as specific groups and events.Plaxo – Social Networking site that pulls together information from other sources.* Permission levels can be set for business and friends as to what information they see.* Information from other websites such as Facebook, Flickr and blog sites can be automatically fed to this profile.* Automatic birthday notifications for people in you network.* You can set Plaxo up to be a back up and syn mechanism for your contact program.Twitter – Online service for friends, family and co-workers; it keeps you connected with the simple question of What are you doing?* Connect with people on both business and personal levels.* Conversational environment typical of community chat room.* Can be a tool to build business and personal contacts.LinkedIn – LinkedIn is the business professionals social website.* Connect with existing professionals in your network.* Expand your network by learning who your connections are connected too and asking for an introduction.* Become an expert by answering industry questions.* Search for solutions by posing questions to other professionals.These are the ones that I use, but it is not a comprehensive list. I encourage you to take the first step and do something; set up a Facebook page or a Twitter account and get started. You may find some tools and sites that are better for you than others, but this is an important tool for networking in today’s business environment; so get started!!If you want to learn more, or have a private consultation on social media & online networking, just let me know. I would like to talk to you, and please look me up on the sites listed above. Let’s get connected!My good friend Jennifer at Expressions Laboratories is hosting a Social Media 101 Program starting February 5th in Lynchburg. For more information, check them out:

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