Stuff is going on but I don't keep up with it:
- LIS New Professionals Network
- LinkedIn (my mebership is brand new for this thing, spurred a little by Suzanne Wheatley's prompting at the New Professionals Conference)
|'tangle' by Jenning Downing on Flickr|
- CILIP Communities
- LAT Network
- Digital Learning Network
- Umbrella 2011 community
- Cambridge and London TeachMeet sites
- Facebook (strictly personal use)
- Academia.edu (mentioned positively over on Dark side of the catalogue, but I've not investigated it yet. Anyone else have opinions?)
Not responsible? I think not. Relying on other people to bring me news of these communities is a bit lazy, and it also acts against the best interests of the communities themselves. If they're worth having, then they're worth using in their native location. I'm not, to be quite honest, perfectly sure that all of them do bring much to professional networking or anything else (I'm thinking particularly of event-centred communities), but I feel I ought to do more to helping the viable ones be viable, by contributing to a critical mass of users.
The CILIP fora, for example, were a good place to to have hustings for the councillor and VP elections last year - I feel like they ought to be a useful and successful space, but at the moment they're clearly underused. I would have thought that there's a need for a place for discussion that is less 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' than Twitter, but maybe people prefer do interact that way in blog comments instead?
In conclusion: online networking = good idea, but having so many places to do it means that it's somehow harder than it should be. And I haven't even done anything (save put up a profile pic and check my privacy settings) with Google+ yet.