In my previous blog (https://eternalsunshineoftheismind.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/whats-trendy-in-information-systems/#comments), I looked into the trends in information systems, I will now take a closer look at networking. As I stated before networking is the ability for companies to network with other companies for business purposes. You may not have known that a lot of businesses use Facebook and other social networking sites for business purposes. While many people think these sites are limited to such things as catching up with friends, there are many people who turn to social networking for business purposes.
So what are social networking sites?
Well, social networking sites are those that attract a large number of people to socialize or, in a business sense, make contacts.
How are they used in business?
- You can use social networking to meet people in your current industry, or in an industry you are looking to break into.
- You can use your contact lists and the lists of others you know to make sales or generate new leads.
- You can search for old contacts you may have lost touch with. This can help set you in the right direction for making new contacts, closing deals, or getting in touch with old bosses or coworkers who can write letters of recommendation, etc.
- Finally, you can use social networking sites to post and look at the CVs of those on them. While they are not specifically for employment, as a business owner or manager, you may be able to find someone with the specific qualities you are looking for in an employee. Even more helpful is if this person knows someone you are already connected to.
When used correctly, social networking sites can be very helpful for business purposes!!