Week 12 Post
The two options that I chose to research for this week’s blog post are Google+ and LinkedIn. Let’s start with Google+ which is a Social networking site. It was created in 2011 and has become one of the top social networking sites in the world. Features of g+ are Profile, People, Photos, Collections, Communities, Events, Hangouts and Pages.
Profile is the Main account of Google+ and helps get other features like photos, circles, communities, pages and so on. To get a Google+ account you should have a Google account.
People connects you with anyone on Google+, you can search people by name or email. You can use pre-designed circles or create your own.
Photos lets you share pictures and videos with people in your circles. You can organize them by creating albums and edit them online.
Collections is a new way to group your posts by topic. This is an easy way to manage posts based on its subject and nature and helps keep you organized.
Communities is a way to start discussions on any topic and involve other people into it. You can also get regular updates through notifications.
Events allows you to create an event, schedule and share it with everyone. It allows people to sync to your activities.
Hangouts is used to broadcast live feed through Hangouts on air, connect with YouTube or video chat with friends or colleagues through video feed.
Pages is one of the most important tools of Google+, promotes your business. You can create a page according to your business needs. It is treated like a separate Google+ profile altogether, followers get constant updates. I found this to be a very useful platform.
The next platform that I researched is LinkedIn which is a social network for businesses & work professionals. Individuals create profiles and connect with contacts who can endorse their skills. Companies can advertise and post job openings.
There are 7 key features to LinkedIn
- Put your work experience on your profile so potential employers can see it.
- Allows companies to create profiles to show themselves off, connect with potential partners, hire new employees.
- LinkedIn can help you establish and expand your professional network.
- LinkedIn helps you show off your skills/credentials. Connections can endorse the skill you list on your profile.
- Companies can post job listings on LinkedIn. If you’re running a business yourself, you can post job openings to find new employees.
- Get job advice from people in your field. Join groups of people with similar jobs or skills, discuss professional matters that relate to your work.
- Get the latest business news.