Cross-national businesses are hiring outsourcing dedicated teams to work on their project. All this is a reality of nowadays. You wake up, switch on your computer or come to the working place and start communicating with people from all over the world. Marketing is done through different social channels as well. Delivery of any good can be ordered worldwide.
In the IT sphere cross-national partnership is considered to be very popular, especially when it comes to outsourcing. Outsourcing itself means working with business partners from abroad and managing international teams is something ordinary, as well as working with marketing agencies from abroad, hiring local representatives or ordering articles from copywriters.
There is a great number of websites, and different platforms, as well as groups in such well-known social networks like LinkedIn or Facebook, where people from all over the world register and become a part of a community in order to cooperate and communicate with colleagues, people with similar interests or professionals working in the same industries.
Which channels are considered to be the best for social IT networking?
In this article, let’s focus on the following global platforms, which connect millions of users from all over the world: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Together with these platforms, great value to social IT networking bring such chatting applications as WhatsApp, WeChat, Skype, Viber and Telegram.
Regarding the Business IT outsourcing channel LinkedIn is considered to be mostly in use in order to connect with decision makers, colleagues, follow your company’s news or any other company you might be interested in, in order to become a member of a professional group, or receive a certificate of proficiency on the learning platform.
In LinkedIn, you will find practically every company and every businessman. The platform is great as well because it provides you with a possibility to contact people directly via chat and also show your professional achievements on your profile page, so everyone who is reviewing your profile can easily get a general understanding about who you are and what you do as well as with a simple click just write you a message with a proposal to cooperate.
There are communities for interests in different niches, where people share their thoughts, write articles, express themselves and so on.
After LinkedIn, it looks like the IT community itself is actively using Facebook for communication with colleagues as well as their family and friends. If LinkedIn is considered to be a professional platform mostly used for business and partnership, Facebook is a platform for informal communication.
So, if you have attended a conference for example, or a business event, most likely people from that events will tag you in LinkedIn, people, who entered into a more personal contact with you will contact you on Facebook.
Instagram and Twitter are most likely interactive platforms, where on the profiles of the companies you will get the philosophy of the company in general. Also, lots of companies are publishing their networking and team building activities in order to show customers that the company is real and to potential candidates for hiring, that working in this company is great.
Most of the network participants use Instagram and Twitter for the purposes to share their personal life together with their professional life. So, if most likely in LinkedIn you will find only formal photos and statements, in Facebook and Instagram you will see kids, family, holidays as the main content.
If LinkedIn and Facebook are mostly used for business communication, search of new opportunities for the cooperation, Instagram and Twitter mostly work for the brand awareness and expansion of reach of the audience.
It is also important to mention that there are groups which bind enthusiasts and contributors of the specific area, these groups can be found on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook, or Instagram and Twitter, in most cases bind with hashtags.
Chatting applications are more focused on the communities and discussions of professionals with the same interest, for example business Skype channel where business owners of a certain area are negotiating and discussing important questions. Telegram channels where outsourcing companies are trying to find partners for the development or design. Viber groups where developers are discussing tech questions or conditions working in different companies.
In today’s digital world if you just started a new business or started working as an employee in a new company or have changed your life completely — there is a great number of different channels and groups for social IT networking. Combining all of them or just few, being an active contributor or just a silent participant is for you to decide. For now, in order to be an active participant in global IT community you will find lots of possibilities online in order to make business, find like-minded persons, get to know more about colleagues you are working with or discover new professional opportunities.