Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are popular ways to connect with your friends and family. However, these types of websites are not designed to help you expand professionally. The most popular option is LinkedIn. Research has shown that LinkedIn is 227 percent more effective than Facebook and Twitter. This is great but the site still has some flaws. It’s often cited that LinkedIn overflows your email with unnecessary updates and group messages that some consider spam. It has even been accused by users of hacking customer’s email accounts.
The good news is there are other options for people who don’t feel like using LinkedIn. Twylah is an alternative that allows users to increase their Twitter presence by using brand pages. Opportunity uses an algorithm to find the best employees through skills and location. PartnerUp focuses on small business. PartnerUp even provides articles written by small business owners. VisualCV gives people the opportunity to create a digital resume that can be shown to future employers.
Meetup is a social networking portal that helps groups connect with each other. Zerply is a portfolio website that allows people to post a resume and show their work in a variety of options. AngelList connects you with people that need your skill or talent. BranchOut is a Facebook app that provides professional networking.
Although LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking site, there are many other options available. Give them a try and you might be surprised at what you find. These sites offer similar options without the same concerns.