Networking Myself Professionally

I was invited to join Naymz this morning - in the interests of science and Mark Page who invited me, I signed up. I'm getting a little tired of all this signing up and subscribing and profiling. Each time I sign up, I get the same types of messages about how I will be connextaposed with each living molecubyte in the trueniverse.

Can I sign up in one place propagate this everywhere I need it? Someone give me a Federated Identity Management System. Or at the very least, will you all begin to adopt some type of standard like OpenSocial or DataPortability.

QDOS

We all have a presence in the online world whether we use the internet or not and protecting yourself from identity fraud is just one side of the story. Our digital presence also increasingly opens up new opportunities and influences real world decisions made about us. We now have a means of measuring and therefore managing the way we look online, we call it digital status. QDOS is how we measure it. It's designed to give you a starting point for managing and taking control of your online status. Be seen how you want to be seen. Welcome to QDOS. Recent research has shown that more and more Brits are making decisions based on digital status*.

Up until now there has been no way to measure digital presence, to see where you fit in to the online world. At Garlik, we've analysed the digital profiles of the nation and have made available a QDOS score for every UK adult . Your QDOS score is made up of 4 different components: Popularity, Impact, Activity, Individuality

Put simply, the more you are out there surfing, buying, selling and socialising online, the higher your QDOS score.

Naymz

There is little that is as important as your good name. The importance of your name and online reputation is steadily increasing as more and more people flock to the Web. Naymz is an innovative Reputation Network that lets you establish and promote your good name online. Join Naymz to make your good name work for you!

Start enhancing your online reputation by joining Naymz and creating a profile. Fill your profile with positive and accurate information that you want others to find when they search for you online. Invite up to 10 References to vouch for you. Based on your References and other factors, Naymz periodically assigns a RepScore to your profile.

Linked-In

Your professional relationships are key to your professional success. Our mission is to help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have. This isn’t networking—it’s what networking should be. Forget exchanging business cards with acquaintances that don’t know your work, or trying to renew professional ties when you need a favor.

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 17 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Ecademy

Ecademy.com is fast becoming known as the Myspace for entrepreneurs. Instead of adopting the stereo-type 'Dragon's Den' cut-throat image of corporate practice, it provides a supportive online community for businessmen and women.

Ecademy is a networking tool for entrepreneurs who can otherwise be isolated from the kind of contacts that are vital for propelling business forward. On the site you can find alliances, advice, and mentors, who all aim to abide by the Ecademy ethos of 'giving before you receive'.

Just as MySpace operates as a service for musicians, Ecademy offers essential apparatus for business people and aspiring entrepreneurs. Launched in 1998 Ecademy is, and has always been at the forefront of the Web 2.0 social network revolution. Ecademy is leading the way in business social networks with community interaction at the forefront having introduced clubs and blogs back in 2002. (It's competitors are only just looking at launching such facilities now in 2007.)

Plaxo

Plaxo, Inc. keeps people connected by solving the common and frustrating problem of out-of-date contact information. Founded in July 2001, Plaxo provides a free service that securely updates and maintains the information in your address book. Plaxo is the universal digital assistant; available to you wherever and whenever you need it to keep you organized, on top of your life and in touch with those you care about.


Since its release in beta in November 2002, Plaxo has become widely popular, adding an average of 20,000 new users every day due to the service’s ease-of-use and simplicity.