OK all, this is more of a rant than anything else. Be forewarned.
What is it these days with the countless attempts at “professional social network groups”? It seems every other day I get an invitation to a “Footwear Professionals” group from some such site or another. Everyone and their brother is starting a professional group…
While I initially started by signing up to most of these groups (figuring it can’t hurt to network, and it’s free) , it’s getting out of hand. Not a single one of these groups seems to actually do anything or have any value and all I’m getting is 10 notifications a day that someone has left a “hi I’m new to this group, welcome everyone” message someplace… or “we now have 25 memebers” message…I think I’m going to going on a canceling spree to get out of this…
Currently, I’m in -
4 groups relating to design/professional groups
plus the footwear pros group.
not to mention other portfolio sites that have social network features incl-
sure I’m forgetting some too…
Again, I haven’t got a single thing out of any of these groups, and most seem to be completely irrelevant (no activity, people I don’t know, etc.). Is it worth it to be everywhere at once?
The way I see it a networking site is only as good as the contacts and depth of connections. One large forum (such as core or Linkedin) is good, but it can be used by everyone. Each smaller group has little or no value, because the reach across connections is so small.
Why is it that there seems to be the need to fall into the web 2.0 “social” trap for every new site… even here at core with the groups, following, and likely features, I don’t really see what value they have at all and seem to be features for the sake of features. OT, but I’d still rather see a more robust portfolio management interface here on coroflot that pseudo social features.
Anyone else feeling the same thing? I’m all for networking (Linkedin is good), but to have so called contacts everywhere I’m not sure if it’s a good thing…