How to tell one networking site from the others

Blogger Mary Ward offers a breakdown of seven  networking sites for journalists.

Mary: Without the abundance of social networking sites available, many sites are staking their claim by catering to certain groups.  Some cater to scientists and others to journalists.  Not every subgroup will have its own social networking sites, but even the popular social networking sites can still be used to further journalistic endeavors.

MySpace–MySpace is one of the big social networking sites.  While it has no focus on journalism it can be used to make connections with other members who have an interest or experience in journalism.  Of course, like most such sites you can post blogs and share your opinion on anything at any time.

FaceBook–FaceBook is a site with similarities to many others.  You post your information and your picture and you can make connections with other members of the site.  You can use your status message to promote blog entries on occasion to garner more attention for them.  You can seek out friends on this site who have similar interests to create a network of friends to share thoughts and ideas with.

LinkedIn–LinkedIn has more of a professional member base which makes it a social site different from and  It also offers the benefit of connections being made based on some real connection to an individual.  You can keep track of your true connections in the field of journalism without the clutter of random people trying to be your friend on the site.  This is another site that can be used to promote your blogs.

Twitter—Twitter is the social networking site du jour.  Everyone is constantly checking and send out Tweets so that no event or thought is missed or left without a flurry of comments.  Nothing is too trivial or too private it seems.  Journalists can tap into the vast Twitter fan base to share thoughts, feelings, and to promote blogs or other articles.  Compelling and humorous Tweets can gain an army of followers who can be informed of any journalistic endeavour you undertake whenever you wish.

Ning– allows you to seek out a social network related to journalism or a subdivision of this broad field.  Or you can take another approach.  If you cannot find satisfaction with the social networks that are already in existence then just start your own using this website.– is simply a social site for journalists, students, and other journalism oriented individuals to connect with each other.  It includes videos, blogs, and group topic discussions among other features.  It is truly a social network for journalists.

About the blogger: (in which Mary is a partner) is a social site for journalists, reporters, and editors.  It includes chances to share internationally as well as opportunities for jobs in journalism and job training.

These 7 social sites for journalists run the gamut from general social networking sites to those specifically created for those in this field.  Each has its place in forging connections and spreading written works and news.  Journalism has benefited from all these sites as the written word of countless journalists may now be seen whether they work for major publications or not.

Mary Ward blogs about how to choose among journalism degrees.

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