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Admit it. You have cyber-stalked an old boyfriend or high school nemesis on Facebook. You have Googled a former friend or foe. You have looked up an old boss or co-worker on LinkedIn. Sure you have, who hasn’t? With Facebook, Twitter and a slew of social networking sites, it is hard to resist snooping into someone else’s comings and goings. While social networking helps us find those we have lost touch with, it also allows us to strengthen social ties and connect, support and collaborate with other like-minded individuals. We might not care who is a top scorer on Farmville, however we do enjoy reading someone else’s feedback or a recommendation about a restaurant, great book or tip on how to score a great sale.
The Internet helps keep our finger on the pulse of what is happening in real time, and is a way to connect to our past and keep up with our present. However, it also offers us the opportunity to bridge our future. How do we segue from yesterday, to today, to tomorrow? How do we figure out where we go from here? We want to pursue something for ourselves, but what? Where do we begin? You might ask yourself: “What do I like, what am I good at?” What are your interests and passions? What would offer you the flexibility you may need to continue to be available to your family?
Networking, which used to be purely for business connections and done solely by professionals, has now become “social networking.” We can utilize this new age of communication to benefit ourselves. We can look around and see what other women are up to; it may spark an interest or trigger an idea on a personal or professional level. It is a way to put feelers out there and let others know that you are knowledgeable and au courant. Below are just a few, of the many, social networking sites targeted to women to share resources, business tools and create networking opportunities. Take a break from stalking your former BFF and check them out.
Caution: Visiting these sites may trigger your inner entrepreneur to blossom.
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