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  • Seven burning security questions

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:28 am

    There's no shortage of burning questions about IT security these days, some sparked by nasty threats, others by economic concerns and some by growing use of social networking and cloud computing. We spoke to about two dozen experts -- IT customers, analysts and vendors -- to nail down some answers.
  • Twitter Tips: Safely Blend Personal and Professional

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 10:47 am

    The blurring between the personal and professional life creates perils for Twitter users. Sharing a tweet that has certain personal information could cause you to lose your "followers" or, worse, get you into trouble at work.
  • Chinese social networks ‘virtually' out-earn Facebook and MySpace

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Interesting marketing analysis on social networking market in China.

  • Why privacy plays a part in social network's fiscal future

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:00 am

    As social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn strive to formulate sustainable business models built upon advertising or the selling of premium services, the biggest hurdle they face might rest within their users' increased awareness of online privacy.
  • Report: Enterprises Struggle to Adopt Social Networking

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 11:16 am

    While consumer social networks like Facebook and Twitter continue to garner significant attention from Web consumers and the marketing departments who want to reach them, the attempts to replicate these technologies for internal communications and employee collaboration remains nascent.
  • LinkedIn Privacy Settings: What You Need to Know

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Since LinkedIn doesn't require you to share the same types of personal information as you do on Facebook, the service's privacy settings appear to be much more straightforward than its less business-oriented competitor. But if you leave the default settings in place, you might be surprised to know what information you make public on LinkedIn.
  • Bringing the Twitter-like Experience to the Enterprise

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Many companies have used Twitter - the short messaging service that enables discussions about current events, products and industry topics - for marketing and customer service. But it may also be a powerful enterprise collaboration tool.
  • How and Why to Launch a Business Presence on Twitter

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:06 am

    While Twitter's user base might seem small, compared to the Facebook behemoth, the return on engagement from Twitter fans is substantial. Here are the key steps your company must take before it can enjoy a viable Twitter presence.
  • Startup Smarts: 3 Tips for Better Business

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Startups are long-term vision oriented, social networking savvy and budget conscious.
  • Best Buy getting results from social network

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    Best Buy's two social networking gurus, Gary Koelling and Steve Bendt, knew their plan to create a network for employees would be successful when senior managers at the consumer electronics retailer agreed to fund it.
  • Smart recruiting through social networks

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    Online social networks are a great way to recruit the "best and brightest" and employers only ignore them at their peril.
  • Your online reputation: Leveraging LinkedIn

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    IT pros concerned about their online reputations should focus on LinkedIn because of its high rank in Google search results. Here's how you can ensure your first online impression is a good one.
  • Thirteen ways to boost your online reputation

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    Strategies and tactics to help keep your professional reputation in check.
  • What Google says can make or break your career

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    Online reputation can make or break someone's chances of landing a coveted position, especially IT professionals who are evaluated on their tech savvy.
  • LinkedIn Recommendations: Five Ways to Make The Most of Them

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Within your LinkedIn profile, recommendations, which you must seek out and approve from contacts of your choosing, give employers a fuller view of you as a direct report, boss, colleague, or client. But you can also do more harm than good with a LinkedIn recommendation.
  • Three Ways Twitter Security Falls Short

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 11:35 am

    The popular micro-blogging platform Twitter continues its explosive growth but it still has a lot to do when it comes to securing the platform. We spoke with two security experts about three areas where Twitter poses some significant risks.
  • Tweet to compete

    Posted February 18, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    You don't have to be on a social network 24 hours a day to enjoy the benefits. Keeping your profile up to date on LinkedIn, staying in touch with former colleagues on Facebook and jumping into the occasional conversation on Twitter is enough to build your social network persona and might find you that perfect hire for a job opening or provide the answer to a vexing question.
  • Using LinkedIn Company Profiles For Job Hunts, Networking

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    As the recession turns workers of all industries into job seekers, many users of LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, have begun examining the service's free company profiles to see who recently joined (or left) organizations, prepare for interviews and learn about what skills particular employers value in prospective candidates.
  • Social Networking's Security Pitfalls

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Spending a little time on Facebook and other social networking sites is a ritual for many of us every morning. And afternoon. And evening. But, hey, it's nice, harmless fun -- isn't it? It isn't as if you were putting your identity or your computer at risk. Are you? Well, ask anyone who was whacked by the recent Koobface worm.
  • Twitter: How to Get Started Guide for Business People

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Twitter remains a very nascent social network, so if you don't know how it works or what it does (or you haven't even heard of it), don't feel bad. In fact, you're still in the majority. But we're here to help you reap the benefits of Twitter with this quick get-started guide.
  • 12 CIOs who Twitter

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    Here's a quick rundown -- in no particular order -- of a handful of CIOs and IT VPs we uncovered who Twitter regularly. Those most active seem to be in the healthcare, government and education fields. We'll do a sequel when we come up with more.
  • Social networking security: Protect yourself

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 10:58 am

    If you're wading in the social networking pool, revisiting some core security principles can protect you from spammers and other characters on Facebook who can ruin your computer or identity.
  • LinkedIn's Most Unusual Members: Meet The Super-Connected

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    LinkedIn's main slogan is "Relationships Matter." This cuts to the core of the social network's philosophy and the way it designed the site: connect with people you know. But the steady emergence of LinkedIn open networkers (LIONs), an increasingly significant group of LinkedIn users who accept the majority of invitations to connect on LinkedIn, no matter whether they know the person or not, has implications for LinkedIn, its user base and the future of social networks in general.
  • LinkedIn Etiquette: Five Dos and Don'ts

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:35 am

    One key to good LinkedIn etiquette, says reputation management and online identity expert, Kirsten Dixson, is 'what goes around comes around.' If you go and write a good recommendation for a colleague, odds are someone will do the same for you in the future.
  • Text Messaging, Facebook Can Get You in Legal Trouble

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 10:20 pm

    CIOs dealing with e-discovery in a Web 2.0 world must learn new ways to limit the cost, business disruption, legal liability and potential public embarrassment from what employees say and where they say it. You have to plan for how you will collect data when you don't control it.

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