Hi guys! As we all know, online communities are great for connecting people from all over the world. In my opinion, LinkedIn is a great example of a site that presents a positive online community.
LinkedIn is a social networking site founded in 2002. It is similar to Facebook in terms of including newsfeed/profile and inbox features, but is built specifically for a business community. It is positive because it gives professionals around the world the opportunity to share new business ideas with likeminded people in similar business areas. The site also helps you make connections with each other, and discover new brands and skills. This way you can find suitable opportunities (even as a student) such as internships and full time positions. I personally use it to build up my brand, and I feel that this site will help me become more employable by the time I finish university, because each profile includes your online CV so future employers can see your achievements and present/previous career history (and no embarrassing holiday photos).
Joining a site that caters to helping you build professional relationships is an excellent way to stay productive whilst building your career. However, competition is one of its challenges. People use Facebook as a platform for marketing and recruitment, so it decides to focus on careers as a new feature in the future, LinkedIn could lose loyal site users. What do you guys think? Do you use LinkedIn or do you use other sites for career/business opportunities?