“Hello I am starting my own social networking site would you like to join? please please please get registered and make your friends do the same!! It has got all the features that you can find on facebook, you can upload videos, pictures, news, text and even pdf fileS!!! see how cool is it and what more you need you can twitter there as well!! :D. Its the perfect solution to all your social networking needs, you will have your own MYSPACE and create a LINKEDIN profile there yay! All in one webiste – Now thats social networking at its best!”
Its not new that you get such spam messages in your mail box daily. With the addition of such social networking sites on daily basis, one needs to identify or rather get themselves famaliar with certain DO’s and DON’Ts. As the number of sites are growing daily therefore, the ‘Unspoken Rules’ of online networking evolve accordingly. But Alas! only if one knew where to look for these rules.
Worry not my friends you have come to the right place, here your’s truly (that happens to be me :P) will enlighten you all with maistakes not to make if you wanna be good at online networking, so here goes:
1. Don’t be a job-search bore
- Few people would walk into a professional meeting and ask for job leads, but many seasoned professionals commit the online version of this faux pas regularly. No matter how well you know contacts — or how panicked you are about unemployment — never mention a job hunt in an initial note to anyone on a social-networking site. You’ve got to think of all the people who are looking for jobs right now — they’re probably being overwhelmed. Instead, offer some praise or acknowledgment or, even better, some well-thought-out help or advice with no strings attached.
2. Don’t be too stiff
- While you don’t want to share too much, leaving all personal information out of your profiles to protect your privacy can put you in the same league as colleagues who show up for casual Friday in a business suit. A few well-chosen items about your interests or charitable activities can make it easier for other like-minded folks on a site — including potential employers — to strike up a conversation. If you just put your resume on LinkedIn, you’ll be like 500 other people who share the same skill set, keep that in mind.On the other hand many companies routinely researches potential hires on social-networking sites to figure out what type of projects would be a good fit for them. For example If they found from a person’s Facebook page that a candidate was really interested in music, for example, he might try to see if he could have them work with music-industry clients. Many firms have such attitudes: “We want to get to know them, What are the things that get them really excited? When we can dovetail, that makes them much happier.”
3. Don’t remain invisible
- Put up a photo, even if you haven’t lost that 30 pounds or tried Botox. It makes the process a little more human and warm. And if someone is going to discriminate against you because of how you look, you probably don’t want to work with them anyway.
4. Don’t market yourself on anyone’s Facebook page — or even look like you’re trying to
- Some people really cross the line. As soon as you accept an offer to be their friend, they’ll write a note on your wall such as: ‘I’m Bill Jones. I’m a life coach. I help people solve their problems.’ You realize someone is using your personal space as a billboard for their business, and it’s irritating.”
5. Don’t goof around
- It not uncommon for a lot of people getting poked on Facebook and receiving goofy stuff, but it gets very unhealthy If you’re working on building a business relationship with them, what are you gonna reply with – you’ll respond and say thank you. But privately they would think of the person as being less than professional. It’s better to just stick to direct messages on Facebook with your professional contacts.
6. Don’t let your networking end online
Many people rack up new connections on sites like LinkedIn without ever solidifying the relationships they’ve started there. Try to set up an in-person meeting when you can, or perhaps even arrange a “virtual coffee,” where you both chat by phone over a cup of coffee at your desks. Once you’re in a real relationship with someone, you find out who they are and how they’re doing and when you help them, they’ll try to help you back in return.