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various

Informatie revolutie

Dagelijks worden we overspoeld door een massa aan informatie. Van een belangrijk verslag voor je werkgever tot een krantenartikel in de marge, via verschillende media en de klok rond delen mensen informatie met elkaar. Nog meer dan vroeger wordt al deze informatie ook bijgehouden, één gigantische bron van kennis en ervaring.

Hoe in het verleden informatie werd opgeslagen en hoe we hiermee omgaan in de toekomst maakt onderstaande video duidelijk. Het creëren en beheren van informatie heeft de laatste jaren een ware revolutie meegemaakt. Ook in de toekomst is een even grote revolutie onvermijdelijk.

Aanleiding voor dit artikel is een post op het Ecademy forum eerder vandaag door Marnix Catteeuw.

Categories
networking

How to improve your profile on Ecademy

For those of you who enjoy networking, Ecademy might be one of the so called “social networks” that you use to connect with other people. While several people find the Ecademy interface rather confusing, it sure is worth the time and effort for me.

Your profile is your business card
Rule #1 to connect with people on Ecademy is the profile you create. Having a clear profile and a picture make a HUGE difference. How can people help you if they don’t know what you are offering, if they don’t know your needs and ambitions.

6 tips to improve your profile on Ecademy:

  • Put a picture on your profile, people like to see who they talk to
  • Tell people something personal about yourself (where you live, your education, things you like besides working)
  • Tell people where you come from (what’s your professional track between school and your current job)
  • Tell people where you want to go (what are your ambitions, what do you want to achieve in life)
  • Clearly state what you are looking for on Ecademy, how people can help YOU
  • Clearly state what you can offer to others (be it commercial or non-commercial)

2 additional tips to increase your connections:
After you used the above tips to create/improve your Ecademy profile, these final tips will make a huge difference:

  • Send every visitor of your profile a short message asking what you can do for him or her. People will answer that short message and that makes you are connected to them.
  • The less business you look for in your first message, the more business you will do in the long run. Building your network is like building a house, you have to start with you base. If you only focus on selling your product or service, you completely mis the whole point of building your network: relations that last longer than your regular sales pitch.

If you would like to grow your network or meet new people, Ecademy and many other social networks can do a lot for you.
Enjoy the networking!

Categories
technology various

The future of Social Networks

In a discussion I had with Thomas Power (CEO of Ecademy) last week, Google’s OpenSocial was one of the subjects. Thomas talked about how Ecademy evolved to the social network it is today, looking forward to what might change in the future.

A very interesting article that has a lot of information about social networks and the portability of a social identity was written by Brian Suda and can be found at sitepoint.com. Brian talks about technologies that could combine the power of Ecademy, Facebook, LinkedIn and many other networks. Google’s OpenSocial is still being developed, but OpenID is already implemented in several websites. Both technologies are based on the use of a single digital identy that can be used to use/login to various websites across the internet.

Update 09/12/2007:
Another interesting article about the future of social networks can be found at Alexander van Elsas’s weblog. According to Alexander, the future of social networks lies in interaction between people and not in the network itself.

Categories
business

Survey on the use of Social Networks

Online Social Networking websites (LinkedIn, Ecademy, Facebook, …) zijn voor veel mensen een manier om nieuwe contacten te leggen en bestaande contacten te onderhouden. Omdat er zo veel initiatieven zijn is het soms niet eenvoudig om door het bos de bomen te zien. Welk netwerk kies ik? Op welke website schrijf ik me in? Via welk netwerk kom ik het eenvoudigste in contact met een specifieke doelgroep. Dankzij An De Jonghe van Ulysses Consulting is vanaf nu meer geweten over Social Networking; de trends en verwachtingen, wie er gebruik van maakt en wat hiervoor de motivatie is. Met een enquete die wereldwijd gehouden werd, heeft ze alles duidelijk in kaart gebracht. Hieronder alvast het persbericht over de enquete, meer info en uitgebreide resultaten zijn terug te vinden op haar weblog.


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International Survey on the use of Social Networks:
Professional Networks Are Leading the Pack

Ulysses Consulting and Titans have announced the results of their survey on social networks worldwide. The survey was set up as research for the book “Social Networks Around The World: how is Web 2.0 changing your daily life?” by An De Jonghe, headhunter & social network expert.

Over 850 respondents from 54 countries took part in the online survey which was held from January 07 till July 07 on www.titans-consulting.com/adj/

Thirty to forty year olds made up the largest number with 35%, followed by twenty to thirty year olds and forty to fifty year olds, each with 24%. The majority (75%) is employed and has a partner (66%); 44% has children. Surprisingly enough, only 27% of the respondents were women, although other research shows they are the majority of social network users.

The participants of the survey were from Europe, the USA, South-America, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Australia but the Top 10 showed the following results:
Belgium (27%), the United Kingdom and the United States (15%), France (6%), Germany and the Netherlands (4%), India (3%) and Canada, Australia and Tunesia (2%).

Participants could choose from 335 different social networks and indicate which ones they were a member of. The Top 10 consisted of: Linkedin, Xing, Ecademy, Facebook, MySpace, Viadeo, Ryze, Orkut, Hi5 en 360° Yahoo. Strikingly enough, the first three social networks are predominantly business networks. When asked what their main reason is to join a social network, 89% of the respondents quote “professional reasons”, against a mere 53% “keeping in touch with friends”. It seems that the term “social network” has less to do with “socializing” than with “networking” nowadays.

For more details on the results of this survey, please visit :
http://worldwidenetworking.blogspot.com/2007/08/survey-social-networks-worldwide.html