Ah – something which I’d done prior to 23 Things starting is setting myself up on LinkedIn. It’s a useful way of staying in touch with colleagues, groups (some organisations are closed groups i.e. you must be a member of the group to join its LinkedIn presence), companies and other organisations. A LinkedIn profile can have many sections – but it’s easy to tailor. You can also add details of certificates gained etc. Take care when deciding who can edit your profile!! Read up about 1st, 2nd etc. degree contacts.
I enjoy getting news when someone changes jobs or has a work anniversary – and also recommend people and endorse their skills / expertise when appropriate.
LinkedIn isn’t a place for listing papers, so that’s where Academia.edu and ResearchGate come in. Having Googled colleagues, most of mine use ResearchGate so this is the way that I’ll go. It’s great that you can get papers from colleagues and make new connections. I’m intrigued by “Out of Curiosity’s” comment about bookmarks in Academia.edu but not in ResearchGate.
As I’ve only just starting using social media I wasn’t expecting to have much of a digital footprint – but I did think that I might be “present” as I’ve been using LinkedIn for a while (and used to take part in group conversations). However, Google didn’t find me until I also searched for work-related key words (e.g. eSMART). As expected, I was totally invisible on socialmention.
Having looked at some of the additional reading and colleagues’ sites (academic and business) I’ve decided to explore the various options further over the next few weeks and then decide how best to increase my online presence. I’ll create accounts for “things” which I’m most likely to use and keep up to date
Thinking about Twitter, I came across something which might be of interest and posted it separately; see thing-5-twitter-article on social media outside 9 to 5.
When it comes to finding images and cartoons I’ve been searching bing, having selected a licence level of “Free to modify, share and use commercially”. Looking forward to Creative Commons (Thing 17) to see what the difference is. I hadn’t tried Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest before.
As a cat lover (thanks for the image at the top of Thing 6) here’s an image from Creative Commons area of Flickr. Credit Nationaal Archief URL: beeldbank.nationaalarchief.nl/na:col1:dat125023