How Can Robotics Professionals Take Advantage of Social Networking Sites?
By Jeffrey A. Burnstein, President, Robotic Industries Association
Social networking is one of the hottest trends on the internet right now. Every day the leading sites seem to develop new ways to keep people connected (such as watching President Obama’s speech last night while chatting online with others doing the same).
Recently I took ownership of the Robotic Industries Association group on Linkedin. It’s a growing group of more than 240 people, thanks to the efforts of Les Chewning who founded it and graciously passed the torch on to me. I hope to see it continue its growth and become a site for lively discussions on a variety of robotics topics.
I’ve also recently joined Plaxo and even have a page on Facebook. I have avoided MySpace, which appears to be more for teenage girls (at least based on my daughters and their friends’ regular use of it). And, I haven’t even investigated Twitter yet.
How about you? Do you belong to these sites? Do you use them? Do you think they can play a valuable role in connecting robotics professionals? If you don’t use them, why not?
It could turn out that the social networking trend will be short-lived. But, looking at the huge numbers (Facebook alone says it has 175 million registered users), it looks like these sites and others will be around for a while.
I’d love your input on how RIA can help its members by using these sites.
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