What social networking features are important to have in Your social network?

Here’s a list of features that comprise Web 2.0, and are commonly found in social networks and online communities. You should look at them within the context of business, their usefulness for networking and your audience, sharing knowledge and learning.

Profile Page: is a representation of who you are that provides tangible and identifiable benefits to you and members of your social network. Not only does the profile page fulfill some of the tasks that a résumé would, but also provides an overview to the content you’ve created or participated on the network, becoming a dynamic aggregator of all your activities. Normally profile is searchable by multiply criteria. For a professional who wants to be found it is always beneficical to have an extensive profile.

Friending: The members can invite other members to become friends on the Social Network.Your online friends may be more likely to share your direct interests, answer your questions and understand your specific challenges.

Forums: or discussion forums is a great feature that present in almost all social networks and through which discussions could take place over time and are threaded (making them easy to read and follow). Having conversations gathered in one place where they’re easy to read and search takes discussion forums to a new level and often makes them the heart of a social network and the most valuable social networking service.

Photo/video/audio/document uploading: The tools for uploading “resources” like photos, videos, and documents take on new meaning in social networking, enabling the sharing of practically every information available. Uploading a lesson plan or an important white paper and tagging it so others can easily find it provides a platform for great collaboration.

Event Calendars: Using this tool for business or educational purposes — e.g., highlighting professional development events or valuable broadcasts, busibess conferences — makes an events module of significant value.

Groups: Groups or smaller versions of networks not only provide a way for existing affiliations or associations to expand, they also allow for new connections to be created, nurtured, and sustained around more narrow interest areas, timely events, topical issues, ad-hoc projects, and much more.

Blog: Allows users to maintain their blog on the social network.

Chat: Chat can provide a surprisingly meaningful way to use informal communication to get to know someone miles away. In a social network made up largely of asynchronous communication tools, it provides the opportunity for immediate, synchronous responses and dialog.

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For your online networking success and until next time.

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