Beyond LinkedIn: 6 Social Media Sites for IT Pros & Developers
Social networks aren’t just for socializing. Those with a professional and technical focus are helpful for connecting you to people in your field, finding ways to enhance your development skills, and putting you in front of potential employers looking for those skills.
If you’ve posted a professional profile to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you’re off to a good start. But there are six other sites that every IT and technology professional should check out:
Spiceworks — Created by an IT pro (Spiceworks co-founder & CEO Scott Abel, a former colleague of Steve Jobs) for other IT pros, this site’s goal is to “provide the tools they need to do their jobs every day” via a free network management app as well as a community of 5 million IT professionals.
Solaborate — This social and collaboration platform for technology professionals provides tools and services to help increase productivity. Join for free to collaborate and network with other tech pros around IT products and services.
GitHub — This site, free for open-source projects and starting at $9 per month for private repositories, is a code-hosting site with more than 58 million code repositories. You can participate in “the world’s largest open source community” through OS project collaboration and code review and discussion.
Slashdot — Founded in 1997, this well-known tech site is a great source for tech-related news (particularly Linux and Open Source issues), and a fantastic way to drive traffic to your own website.
AngelList — This site started in 2010 as an online introduction board for tech startups seeking seed funding. It’s now the place for startups, angel investors, and job seekers to connect, collaborate, and discover opportunities.
Social networks let you take part in a daily give-and-take with others in your industry. Keep your skills fresh and expand your network by diving deeper into tech community sites like these. Sound Off: What social networks have you found success job searching on or recruiting from?
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