What's your social network? ... mine's changing. Over the past two months I've been surprised to watch how Facebook has moved from the college realm to the business world. Over the past three years, I was the one and only "pre-2000" Dartmouth college graduate on Facebook. Yes, this ancient 1978 graduate was on Facebook. It was a neat way to communicate with my children ... and they did not mind Dad posting on their Wall.
A couple of months back, I read without much interest that Facebook was opening itself up to corporations. Given a significant number of large corporate firewalls blocked Facebook, I did not think there would be much uptake. I was wrong! (read Wikipedia's Facebook article)
In the past few weeks (expand thumbnail images), I've been invited and joined two active networks:
- Social Networking for the Enterprise
Unlike LinkedIn questions, where basically all you see are consultants who like "to see themselves talk", the Facebook discussions are actually intelligent discourses on a subject. In both of these instances, the networks were started by corporate bloggers, Michael Gannotti (Microsoft) and Betsy Weber (TechSmith).
My only complaint ... the lack of RSS discussion feeds (voiced to Facebook). Finally, I was extremely surprised to learn that an extremely large, but rather inactive network existed for my own company.