Goday in class we discussed http://www.twitter.com/ and reviewed the security settings available to its users. Students learned that they can "protect" their tweets so that only users who they approve to follow them can have access to their profile and tweets. Students saw this as a good way to use Twitter if they were going to use it for purely social reasons with friends and family. Watch this video about using Twitter to connect socially with followers.
However, we then discussed how many people are using sites like Twitter and Facebook to network with other professionals in similar careers or with those whom share similar interests in order to build up a network of connections. These connections might prove to be beneficial to people when they are looking for jobs or other opportunities. To develop these connections however with sites like Twitter, users must begin to follow others whom tweet and share similar interests or job skills. They also need to start allowing other users whom they do not know personally to follow them so that these people have access to their tweets and can begin to share information, ideas, news, reflections, or other insights with their online community. Once they do this, they may come upon jobs or other opportunities being tweeted by people or companies they follow. They could also just put out their own tweet - "I need a job!" Read this article for more detailed information about how people are using social media to get a job they need or want.
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