IT Social networking?

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I'm just curious to see which social sites most of us use. Who/how do you subscribe to for updated information regarding the technology world? I've signed up for different newsletters from the companies that we have hardware for here, usually following them on twitter or facebook. I have yet to set up my rss feeds on my new computer and I'm feeling a little uninformed. Aside from that I subscribe to Wired and Linux Journal for my weird obsession of mobile print :)

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Obviously I swing by here on ocassion – I also use www.TechRepublic.com.
I use Facebook for family friends and LinkedIn for professional.

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  • JennyMack
    Maybe I'm tooting our own horn, but I subscribe to all of the IT Knowledge Exchange bloggers in my RSS reader in a folder called "ITKE". It gives me a great overview of the tech world, and their blog posts often lead me to the most important tech articles on other sites. I'm also following a lot of IT people on Twitter, both on @ITKE and @JennyMack. Hope that helps!
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  • JennyMack
    I'd agree with KSoniat on the Facebook vs. LinkedIn point -- I tend to only keep my most personal contacts on Facebook. LinkedIn is used more for professional and loosely-connected contacts. I'm curious -- how many of you keep both personal and professional contacts on Facebook?
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  • SpyMoose
    I've honestly never heard of Linkedln until this post, once I get home tonight I'll have to look into it and see about creating professional contacts with the IT people I would like to keep in contact with. As of right now I have 2 professional contacts on my facebook page and I work with both of them here. We're involved in a few other ventures outside of Impact Guns to help promote different products using a web program we are developing. Mostly I just follow things that interest me on facebook aside from friends such as the Ubuntu, Sonicwall, Cisco, and MIT robotics groups. It never really occurred to me to start a professional kick off point for contacts through out the years... I still have a lot to learn. Thank you all for throwing your two bits here, it will hopefully benefit others aside from myself that are a bit new to the IT field on ideas for improvement.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I blog and tweet but to keep up with the latest happenings I like LinkedIn and the various newsletters coming from the respective TechTarget sites. Still trying to figure out how I can keep up with it all though!
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  • KSoniat
    Don't forget the importance of "face-to-face" contacts. Where I am there is a local "Technology" group which a wide variety of people belong to from techies to recruiters to business owners. Because it is so diverse it increases those contacts. They have a monthly lunch meeting with a presenter. Some months it doesn't relate - but most times it is very interesting. When you "connect" with this group in LinkedIn you expand even the type of person you have a connection with. I always make it a point to sit at a table where I do not know anyone, the conversations are always intriguing. K
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