If you're a ChEnected reader, you know that social media can be a helpful resource in your professional life - not to mention a fun way to connect with family and friends in your leisure hours.
CEP's January edition takes a look at how ChE's are using social media in"Getting Started in Social Media" (you can read the full article as a PDF here). Whether you are a veteran or relative novice at social media, I'm sure you will find new ideas, insights or useful tips in this article.
"Getting Started..." was a fun article to write. Not only did I get to reconnect with Cindy Mascone, CEP's editor-in-chief, I also had the opportunity to work with fellow Manhattan College ChE alum Rich Byrnes. Rich's day job is director of engineering at King Industries (Norwalk, CT), but he is also an amazing cartoonist who draws the Boil's Laws comic for ChEnected. (You can see the complete Boil's Laws series here.) Rich and I conceptualized Marissa, Joel, and Parker, the three characters you'll meet in "Getting Started..." He then somehow managed to find the time to bring them to life - check out the hard copy edition of CEP, where Marissa is looking pretty cool on the cover.
This article is the first in a year-long CEP series on social media. In the second article, you'll get the opportunity to see how Marissa, Parker, and Joel use LinkedIn to build their professional networks, connect with business prospects, and search for job opportunities. You'll also hear from Lisa Rangel, job search guru and managing director of Chameleon Resumes (Rutherford, NJ), about how to position your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters find you.
The third article will cover Google's latest entry in the social media world - Google+. After bombing out with Google Buzz and a lackluster U.S. performance for Orkut, Google seems to finally have differentiated itself with Google+, which combines the best of Twitter and Facebook.
Are you using Google+? I'd like to hear about your experiences with it. Please post a comment, and tell me how you are using it in your personal and professional lives, and how it stacks up against its competition. Include your contact info (name, title, company, city and state) and you may be quoted in the upcoming CEP article.