One of the great things about being a member of the Discovery Educator Network is that your fellow STARs are right there with you, exploring new horizons online, pushing the boundaries and surfing on the cutting edge. So when you explore a new site, you’ll often find that there’s a group of people for you to connect with right from the get go. Not only that, in this wild world of social networking, it’s not just WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know. So by networking with your fellow STARs, you increase your circle of contacts dramatically.
SO, with that in mind, let’s do a quick lap around the web and make sure you know a few of the many other places that you can network with your fellow STARs!
Yes, Facebook is the end all, be all of social networking sites right now. Join the DEN in Facebook group and share photos, videos and comments with other DEN members. Click here to join the DEN Facebook group.
LinkedIn is quickly becoming the ‘professional’ social networking site for the corporate world. It’s a fantastic way to find out who knows the people you want to know and get a personal introduction. I know I’ve had several requests over the last month to introduce one friend to another, and even used it a couple of times to get in contact with someone that I didn’t have any other way to connect with. If you’re a little nervous about posting a profile on Facebook or MySpace, this site is a great place to get your feet wet. Build out your profile and represent yourself professionally. The DEN group was just approved, so be among the first to join and proudly display the DEN logo on your profile!
Diigo is a social bookmarking site that is really giving the current champion, del.icio.us, a run for its money. It does everything that del.icio.us does (including simul-posting to your current del.icio.us account!) and so much more. From highlighting on a page, to adding sticky notes, to sharing bookmarks with groups, it really turns websurfing from a passive experience to a highly active one. Jennifer Dorman created the DEN group in Diigo a little over a week ago and there’s already over 50 members!
If you’re looking to jump into a virtual world, but don’t really know how to get started, our Second Life Leadership Council will see that you have a helping hand. They’ve done a phenomenal job of hosting weekly events, organizing volunteer guides and building out a truly amazing DEN presence in the virtual world. I can’t link directly to the group in SL, but if you visit the blog you can find all the information you’d ever need.
That’s all I can think of right now, but I’m sure there are others. So if you know of any I’m missing, add a comment below. See you ’round the web!