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LinkedIn Alternatives for Professional Networking

When we talk of building your professional network the first name that pops up in our mind probably is LinkedIn. Whether you are looking for a new job, looking to hire a professional for your set up or simply wish to grow your professional network and maintain connections with people in your work circle, LinkedIn has been the ultimate source for many.

On LinkedIn, you connect with people you know. The content in your feed is based on those connections. You see what they post - whether it’s relevant to you or not.


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On beBee, we drive connection and engagement through passions, hobbies, personal and professional interests. You can find other individuals with the same interests as you and then you can create a dialogue over that commonality. This is what we call affinity networking - a connection based on common interest.
Matt 🐝 Sweetwood

The connections you make on beBee are more meaningful because of shared interests and passions not just business connections.
Claire L 🐝 Cardwell

beBee is about connecting deeper with people.
Claire L 🐝 Cardwell

beBee is the only platform that believes in 100% organic reach. So, when you build a following on beBee you can be assured that your posts will always be exposed to your entire network. Thus, you control your own destiny with your branding. If your content is good it will get viewed and shared. If you are influential within hives - affinity groups -, you will gain followers.

beBee is the most complete alternative to LinkedIn for professional networking. On beBee, you can share your content through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, ....


The most annoying part of achieving business success is the constant parade of those who try to manufacture a relationship in the name of their own networking.  These desperate attempts underscore the fact that networking and relationships are fundamental to business success, yet ignore that the best relationships include equal amounts of give and take. 

Here is the key point: Invest more time into fewer relationships. It may sound counterintuitive, but generally your networking effect is far stronger, as people who have deeper relationships with you create more powerful referral relationships on your behalf.

In an age of ubiquitous social media, it is even more important to ensure the connections you make are genuine. The simple truth is that the most fruitful connections are borne of something shared. Whether that’s a sports club, music, general business, or any number of affinity groups, it is primarily about a sense of shared engagement. If you are authentic and interesting as a person, it immediately translates into someone who people are interested in getting to know and wanting to help. Thomas Chaffee

Read more at: This Is What You Can Do to Start Making More Meaningful Connections by  Thomas Chaffee


Twitter

Twitter is an alternative to LinkedIn for professional networking. One advantage to Twitter is it’s an open “cocktail party” atmosphere - like beBee.  You can search hashtags and keywords, join any conversation or meet new people in your industry.


Facebook

If you connect on Facebook with the majority of your business contacts, you can easily share news with each other about business and your personal lives. You can also see mutual friendships, which can further improve networking. Anyway it is not easy because Facebook is usually seen as your private life ( family & friends ).


Xing

If you are a german speaker, Xing is a great alternative to LinkedIn in Germany and Austria. Xing is exactly "the german Linkedin". Germany is a very special country and Xing couldn't grow outside Germany. beBee is the only alternative to LinkedIn that is growing fast worldwide. LinkedIn's and beBee's international presence is a huge competitive advantage. I think finally, XING will be wiped out by LinkedIn. It is a question of time. Both companies are offering the same features: Professionals can create a profile and connect with their co-workers and acquaintances in order to build up a professional network and to boost career prospects.

Anyway consider Xing if you live in Germany because they are doing a great job.


Quora


Quora can be great for your business. Any time you’re unsure of business decisions, such as strategic partnerships or how to train an inside sales team, just post it, and experts in the field will respond. Generally, you can get ideas and implement most of the feedback you receive. 


Conclusion

Despite LinkedIn being the largest professional networking , there are plenty of other networking options to help you make meaningful connections. You should never put all eggs in ONE basket. In fact, some of these alternatives may be more helpful than LinkedIn because they focus on creating more professional connections based on your interests.


Besides LinkedIn, what other networking sites do you use to make professional connections?


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#95
Good luck to that. Beyond the data and privacy issues, their entire platform structure and the culture of how people use it would have to be transformed. This is the advantage a new entrant like beBee has - build it right to begin with.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #54

Facebook wants to be the best alternative to LinkedIn https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/facebook-wants-to-be-the-best-alternative-to-linkedin

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #53

Remember this: 1.- Your content is delivered to all of your network. 2.- Your content is automatically top ranked on Google Search Engine. 3.- Your quality content reaches your target affinity groups. 4.- Your content can be distributed through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.

Gloria (Glo) Ochoa

hace 4 años #52

ooooooooooooo Xing is a new one ...Ill check it out...Still #beBee is my fave. Any plans for being able to schedule posts out to the other platforms in the works for a future cool thing?

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #51

Enjoy beBee and Reach 100% of your followers !

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #50

Benefits of becoming a beBee blogger - Instant reach through hives. - Instant SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your content. - 100% Organic Reach. - Anybody can be a blogger. - Anybody is already an "influencer". - Reach your followers through email.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #49

Different networks, different applications https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/different-networks-different-applications

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #48

#88
John Marrett

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #47

#85
John Marrett you are already spending a lot of time on beBee. You don't need to write to enjoy beBee. I am mostly a reader. Many thanks for your comments.

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #46

#81
John Marrett: Yes, you can use both! You don't have to choose one or the other. I love LinkedIn and beBee! Clearly, LinkedIn has more of your target market for business. So, I would suggest you keep using it for sales and prospecting. But don't forget about us here. We are growing and more users are coming on everyday.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #45

#81
John Marrett the answer is too obvious. You have to pay and seek them on LinkedIn !! Of course. My mesage is "keep linkedin but explore beBee" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/never-put-all-eggs-in-one-basket-keep-linkedin-but-explore-bebee Again, both are very different. beBee is a platform for building, showcasing and sharing your personal brand. LinkedIn is a huge directory for jobs and business.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #44

#79
that is great John Marrett. Have a great day !

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #43

John Marrett, yes, you've got it now. This is what the beBee network is being built on. Establishing stronger personal business relationships.

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #42

John Marrett: exactly! People want to do business with someone they know and trust, not just a resume.

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #41

John Marrett, interedting responses. You just shared with me on LinkedIn where you live and that it is snowing there. Thise are aspects of your personal life. Also, when yiou do business do you get to know the people you do business with or is 100% business. My approach to doing business is that it is done best when you build relationships and get to know each other. For me, I don't like to do business with people that won't make any effort to get to know me. If all they are intersted in is closing me, I will take a pass.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #40

#70
@John Marrett you don't need to share your life. Obviously it is up to you ! . But I only wanted to make the difference between Private and Personal. ;)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #39

#70
John Marrett you don't nees to share your life. Obviously it is up to you ! . But I only wanted to make the difference between Private and Personal. ;)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #38

#70
John Marrett you don't need to share anything you don't want. That is simple ;)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #37

There’s A BIG Difference Between Private And Personal. Private: confined to or intended only for the persons immediately concerned; confidential: a private meeting If something is “private” in your mind, it’s probably not a good idea to share it on the Internet…anywhere. Personal: relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person: a personal favor; one’s personal life; a letter marked “Personal. When something is personal in your mind, you may share it because we are social and we do love connect with people through common interests. Bebee is about building genuine and deeper business relationships rather than business contacts.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #36

#64
John Marrett

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #35

Networking and relationships are fundamental to business success! The best relationships include equal amounts of give and take.

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #34

#55
Your expert feedback is much appreciated as always, John Marrett. As I mentioned before our programmers are working day and night to implement the enhancements you and many others have suggested for the next version of beBee. I'm sorry it hasn't happened faster! Have a great weekend!

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #33

#59
many thanks Ali Gouran!

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #32

John Marrett your comments are much appreciated. I am sure you will enjoy beBee ! Thanks again !!

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #31

#51
John Marrett many thanks. Commenting system is being improved. A new platform coming soon !

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #30

#47
and passion has often been labelled illogical and impractical, yet it is the basis of most of or decisions including professional ones. So it works. Thanks

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #29

Devesh Bhatt yes !! all of us are passionate about beBee ! that is the reason why we expend A LOT OF TIME on the platform ! Networking is about building sustainable connections for generating opportunities, both personal and professional ones. We contribute to our following. If we take advantage of it and we don't put our part, we can never succeed. "One of the best ways to get your passion and power across to employers is to publish content on beBee. beBee recognizes that we are about more than just business and that our passions help us connect more completely to others. beBee is an affinity based social network that is quickly building steam worldwide" by Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier Let's keep on writing stories on beBee ! buzz on !

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #28

#45
so you are passionate about it. a) not necessary can be a fundamental problem but releasing all features at once without anythig to introduce later is also a fundamental problem. b) you are passionate about it, you have papers, its well invested genius. Can't the genius translate into a product itself? Perhaps an investor presentation.. can i help? c)i think i am way ahead of my time and i have a few functiobally possible complete ideas. I know people lack insight and they would twist it for their own benefit leaving out the necessary in the name of competitive advantages. But i have experienced rushig in and exhausting an idea first up where i have nothing special to compete with a well funded copycat . End of the day well documented genius doesnt translate into well executed business. Now you could be satisfied with 100+ professionals on Li and Quora rather than be dissatisfied with bebee or chose to find another way for the genius. Maybe i have false hope because i dont have as much experience or seen as many failures as you but i do have a working head, the real question is what next for you woth regards to these specific ideas? Hope we catch up soon. Have a great day

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #27

#43
i think that bebee has been proactive with me. One very serious issue still persists but the solution to the rest has been fruitful. I think i am heard I believe you are heard too, just that your suggestions are not being accepted. I am no expert but as a user i certainly like some of them, i find a few of them to be critical once the number of users grow. I have three questions : a) why introduce a feature when it is not necessary. The threats maybe that it may not be possible to introduce it later as the system would not make it possible or the lack of it maybe damaging? b) do you get the same levels of responses on other platforms. What is better, being unheard or being questioned? c) why persist with suggestions once they are rejected? It is bebees loss if you come out as the right person later. Are you trying to market yourself as the man for rescuing bebee?

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #26

#36
would live buzz be a competitive advantage.. to know if a person is real without having to share skype?

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #25

#39
so you are basically an observer and a user who is unhappy with bebee. The persistence to share unhappiness this is greater with bebee. And as a user you find quora to be a cut above the rest. Right?

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #24

#36
dies quora pay you?

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #23

beBee benefits for your Personal Brand 1.- You can reach always to all your followers 2.- You can share your work on beBee through any social network ( Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc ) 3.- You can easily manage your blog, without being an IT expert. 4.- Your followers will get your stories through email. Any reader can subscribe to your blog easily and you can target them anytime. 5.- You can communicate through Live Buzz.

Marisa Fonseca Diniz

hace 4 años #22

Networking can not be considered a way of just aggregating multiple people on the network without much purpose, as that is exactly what happens with some networks, like LinkedIn, for example. Facebook is a social network, which many users use as a professional, I can not deny is a good network to sell products to final consumers, but selling direct products to companies is a disaster. The beBee in turn manages to keep close to users as the same purposes close and interacting with each other as if they are all part of the same family. I use other smaller professional networks, just because they are directed to common interests, such as startups, construction, blogs and writers.

#30
Dear siraj shaik wrote on my last buzz "Put Your Head Deep in Your Pocket". Manjit wrote "Where is the pocket of thinking reside but in our brain, nervous system and psychic connection. Hives are simply catalysts of ore, it is our pockets of thinking that extract its gold - it is why honey attracts us in the first place - because we see it as golden. The pockets of thinking are that gold, hives are the ore that hold that gold, and affinity is our principal tool of extraction" I believe this is beBee and ore of gold and great discussion and buzzes mine the pure gold or "honey gold". Thank you for the trust and mention my friend..

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #20

#31
thanks Brian McKenzie, VK is a very strong network in Russia.

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #19

#18
as far as ratings are concerned, i did click on + and still you got a - net. I believe this is also being worked on. You are aware how bebee has got me business, the main objective achieved. Likewise, it has helped many. At the end of the day of it does not improve the user experience it will not grow or survive. For the record , you will have the proof of "i told you so". Till then i view your comments as a source of learning about UI and comparatives, since you keep them coming i believe you want bebee to improve. You have every platform for publishing available to you too, but you chose to criticise bebee on bebee and not anywhere else with the same bluntness. So i am presuming that you do see something positive here. Could you perhaps just presume that for once you could share anything right that bebee has done? Perhaps a feature that can outgrow competitors?

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #18

#18
You give valuable insights. I certainly find them interesting. But here are the things : a) i do not find any misrepresentation. Marketing oneself is not an evil act. As professionals ln a social network we all market ourselves. b) You are aware that i too had the same problem and similar problems and yes my initial comments did get an unjust reply. But i used the right channels and things got resolved. I believe a more transparent guide for user help is on the way. c) Self promotional defensive hysterics, well i have access here to be heard.. i can name 3 fake profiles on linkedin which has taken no action on it for the past 1 month even though MS has its office in India. The Govt authorities have duly noted it. I am from the Market Research background too and i know as far as Indian users are concerned lots of misinformation prevails on Quora too which is hard to access in the Himalayan region and they are swift to act against the information but not against the person who submits it. On bebee i have got swift responses against all. I have access. The systemic flaw has been covered by proactive response. So i am a happy user and i wait for the next app. Contd.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #17

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

hace 4 años #16

Clear and incisive as I have come to expect of your posts. I'm passing this along to a number of my connections. Is there an easier way than copying and e-mailing?

Milos Djukic

hace 4 años #15

#23
Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee, True. If we are passionate, then anything is possible.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #14

#21
Milos Djukic , being passionate about beBee is our best weapon ! 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀

Milos Djukic

hace 4 años #13

We are not judges, nor are they accused.

Milos Djukic

hace 4 años #12

If someone believes that he writes for himself or in promotional purposes, it is legitimate right, even if he published on LinkedIn, beBee or any other social media.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #11

5 beBee Competitive Advantages That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Site on Day One Original at https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/diferencias-de-bebee-que-te-atraeran-desde-el-primer-dia-por-adrian-verdau By Adrian Verdau ( translated by John White, MBA ! ) 1.- Being segmented into interest-based "hives" (which are user groups) makes it easy to reach people who share your personal and professional interests. 2.- The hives give you instant reach for your content. Your publications always have visibility, whether you have one follower, 300 or 3000. Just select the most closely related hive to your topic and share your content to thousand of readers. 3.- If you are looking for a job, you can find it on beBee. Just complete your profile and be active in the hives relevant to your industry. Then, recruiters will be able to locate you easily. You can also connect with each member of the hive - the users are literally called bees. 4. Networking with people in your industry that share your interests is a much better strategy to get a job than blindly sending out resumes to strangers. 5.- If you are interested in creating or enhancing your personal brand, then beBee is THE essential network. On beBee, you can show all the qualities and skills that make you unique. 6.- beBee gives everybody a voice, regardless of your what is says on your CV or the position you hold. We all have interests and talents, and beBee enables us to demonstrate our expertise. 7.- Reach ALL of your followers anytime

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #10

beBee is an engagement.-based community. "On beBee, we drive connection and engagement through passions, hobbies, personal and professional interests. You can find other individuals with the same interests as you and then you can create a dialogue over that commonality. This is what we call affinity networking - a connectionmmon interest." by Matt \ud83d\udc1d Sweetwood. An affinity group - what we call a HIVE on beBee - is a group formed around a shared interest or common goal, to which individuals formally or informally belong.

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #9

#15
thanks for the reminder. Time other networks get reminded of the same underlyig principle :)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #8

thanks Ali Anani !!! buzz on !

Part/ 2 I then responded to Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee as follows: very well-explained the idea of beBee. I hope you use your comment @Javier 🐝 beBee in your explanation of beBee whenever needed. Your message is very clear in your comment. Javier responded by writing Ali Anani I fully agree ! you can have a look at " with a link to this wonderful buzz by Javier. So, here I am and I don't know how I missed reading this buzz before. This is a well-articulated buzz and the flow of ideas is balanced and very logical. BeBee stands out and I dare say it loudly.

Part/ 1 Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee published today an interesting buzz titled "We're All Selling Something". https://www.bebee.com/content/1329410/1196928#c3 I commented on this buzz as follows: When a baby cries the minute is born h/s is selling through crying. You are correct @Javier 🐝 beBee. The question is then what we sell? beBee sells the idea of affinity hives and tis explains why people are joining beBee. Javier responded as follows: exactly @Ali Anani I love beBee because it is an engagement.-based community. On beBee, we drive connection and engagement through passions, hobbies, personal and professional interests. You can find other individuals with the same interests as you and then you can create a dialogue over that commonality. This is what we call affinity networking - a connection based on common interest.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #5

thanks Chas \u270c\ufe0f Wyatt !

Matt Sweetwood

hace 4 años #4

This is great. I get asked questions about otehr networks and professional networking over and over and now we have a reference article. Buzz On!

COOL!

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #2

#3
David Noble thanksm welcome to beBee!

Claire L Cardwell

hace 4 años #1

Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee - thanks so much for the mention and the tag! What I love most about beBee is that I can reveal my full self here. Unlike LinkedIn or Facebook.... Affinity Marketing Rocks!

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