We discussed extensively about Linked In and the fact that it is almost the default business networking platform. However, there are things about Linked In that might not be for everyone. For one, you can’t really do much there without being a premium member( as is the case with many online services). The real benefit from Linked In would come about when you upgrade. What if you can’t? What if you want to network but can’t do so due to your budgetary constraints?
It is a new business-networking site and it really has some cool features to its credit. It is, of course, free to join and completing your profile is a breeze compared to some other sites. Just like many social networking sites, it allows you to make your profile as comprehensive as possible.
On the homepage, you get to add some really nifty applications that help accentuate your profile. For instance, I immediately took to Doodle, which is a to-do list and task management application and Mindmeister Mind mapping tool. I immediately checked out the latter and instantly took to it. I fell in love with it immediately. You could use MindMesiter tool for mind-mapping, project planning, systems development, or something else you want to dabble with.
As if that wasn’t enough, you have seamless integration with many other applications like SlideShare, Xing News, Twitter Buzz and much more.
You could form groups (you will need to create a group and then apply to have it sanctioned); join other groups, participate in the forums and build your network slowly. I see everything that business networking needs.
The premium package has even more to it. It isn’t bank-breaking like Linked In is since you could be a premium member for just $ 5.96 a month.
It might take some time for Xing to be as big as linked In, but it sure looks promising.
Have you Joined It yet? It might just be the thing you are looking for. Would you like to Join my network? Come on in.