What is in this article?:
- Consider using social networking to enhance your ability to work in the agricultural industry. You might be surprised to learn what great resources await you in what’s referred to as Web 2.0.
- Within the past year, the utility of these networks has improved substantially for working professionals, particularly in the realm of agriculture. USDA, professional associations, agricultural lobbying groups and agricultural media outlets have all developed social networking platforms.
Definitions of terms (modified from en.Wikipedia.org):
Facebook: a social networking tool that has more than 500 million active users. www.facebook.com
Friends: within Facebook these are people you are connected with that can view your account.
Status update: posting in Facebook that delivers information to your friends.
Twitter: a website that offers social networking and microblogging services, which enables users to send and read other messages called tweets. www.twitter.com
Tweets: text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on Twitter user’s profile page.
Delicious: a social web service for storing, sharing and discovering Web bookmarks. www.delicious.com
Flickr: an image and video hosting website and online community where you can easily share pictures and video files. www.fliker.com
SlideShare: an online slide hosting service where users can upload PowerPoint or pdf presentations. www.slideshare.net
Google docs: a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. www.google.com
Blog: a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blogcan also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.