I’m not really sold on the idea of these “professional” networking sites, particularly when set up by corporates, although Ragan appears to have credentials in providing information for professional communicators. (I have joined MyRagan, but have yet to be hooked.)
Rather than actively participating in a “MySpace or Facebook like platform for communications people” with commercial undertones (£1,000 conferences), I would prefer to develop a virtual presence where I am already a member of a group and would benefit from greater connections with fellow professionals.
Adding in features of personal profiles, discussion forums and so on is on my wishlist to develop for MIPAA (if members would find them useful) and to make more active (as the technology is already there) for my educational groups at Greenbanana.
It would also be good to see the CIPR website similarly revamped to offer opportunities for more online networking, interactive CVs, and so on. I am sure there are many interesting CIPR members who would have something to share. The technology would be good way of adding value particularly with the reach of members not only in the UK but globally. I wonder if this is on the webmaster’s wishlist there also.