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Thread poster: lingomania
lingomania
Local time: 07:40
Italian to English
Jun 9, 2007

I'm sure many people here know it, but for the benefit of those who don't, Myspace is a networking site NOT only for kids to interact and other "frivolous" activities, but for serious networking with regards to all fields. I personally know a few professional translators and interpreters who are on there (from Germany) and I know of other friends who have received job offers of all sorts through it. Does anyone here have a Myspace account? What do you think of the site? Do you think it's only for kids and 'unprofessional' people?

Rob


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Francesca Battaglia
Italy
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and here I am! Jun 13, 2007

Hi Rob..of course, here I am..
I had a My space account but I never really used it. I was actually thinking of starting a new one soon, possibly for professional services.
I knew of My Space at its very beginning. I was a fan of a band who moved its website there and you needed to subscribe for premium news and opportunities. Then i thought it was nice and opened my page. I actually think it is such an interesting new way of being known! Myspace, just llike second life, is a real phenomenon! I was more tempted to launch my webspace on second life, trying to sell my professional services (anything goes to market yourself) but now that you tell me some of your friends tanslators had response, I might change and make a new account on myspace.
Actually I think we should profit of spaces like that. Lots of people use it regularly, of course there is a chance to get some work. Plus probably not many translators opened an account there..so, even less competition

fra


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Make use of it Jun 13, 2007

... on a private basis. Musicwise. Friendwise.

First, I thought it was crappy and unstable. By now I've found that it is unstable, but okay for the (more or less) daily gossip.

What is so different about the networking option?

I don't think it's very professional, to be honest. I'd think there are better and, more importantly, more reliable methods of communicating.

Nadine


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lingomania
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The biggest Jun 14, 2007

Myspace is unstable at times like all FREE networking systems, but frankly I don't see its unreliability. If I'm not mistaken, it's the niggest free networking system on the net and that means more possibility of getting yourself known and having fun at the same time.....two "virtues" that normally do not go hand in hand.

Rob


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lingomania
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Less competition Jun 14, 2007

Hello Francesca. I agree with you about there being less competion for translators and interpreters on Myspace. There is a German friend who told me she gets 40% of her work off Myspace....for free to boot.

Rob


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Francesca Battaglia
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what kind of offers? Jun 14, 2007

Hi Nadine,
I see you have an account as a translator then? Sorry if I ask, can you describe what kind of translation offers did you receive? Just to have an idea of the type of requests that you may find there. Did you get any interesting or valuable offer or just (for example) lyrics to be translated or personal web pages?..I don't know, just guessing..

Thanks
Francesca


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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
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facebook v myspace Jun 15, 2007

Having tried both, in my opinion facebook is streets ahead of myspace and much more professional-looking in its layout. I personally like to keep my personal and work life separate and don't advertise myself as a translator there so I'm not sure how networking would really work but I would recommend facebook over myspace as a social networking site any day. Check it out.
Let us know how you get on!
Have a good weekend,
Amy



[Edited at 2007-06-15 11:58]


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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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separate lives Jun 15, 2007

like Amy, I use Facebook, but not for work at all - just for keeping up with friends. I had a request from a translator colleague, whom I have never met, to be a 'friend' but turned it down, as I don't necessarily want 'work people' seeing where I'm going for dinner at the weekend! I like a certain amount of privacy.

My sister's band (A Genuine Freakshow) use myspace to promote themselves, and it seems to work very well for that.


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lingomania
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Thank you Angela Jun 15, 2007

I didn't know about Facebook at all. Thank you. All I know is that Myspace.com is the biggest networking on the Net and recently Tom, the "boss", sent a newsletter/bulletin stating that Myspace has accomplished new privacy, anti-phishing and anti-spam devices to defintely keep out hackers and crackers form the site...which should 'translate' as more security.

Rob


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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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do you use it? Jun 21, 2007

hi Rob,

Do you use myspace to promote yourself then? You sound like you're trying to sell it to us...


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lingomania
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Not for my work Jun 21, 2007

I don't use it for my work personally, but I know some of my German colleagues use it to get work. I don't know how they've set up their networking, but they use it. I use it to get as much info as possible on my hobby...that is....music. It's not your classic work networking if that's what you want to know, but you can use it to your advantage along with other networking sites......and have fun, meet people at the same time.

Robert


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Not work related Jun 22, 2007

francesca battaglia wrote:

Hi Nadine,
I see you have an account as a translator then? Sorry if I ask, can you describe what kind of translation offers did you receive? Just to have an idea of the type of requests that you may find there. Did you get any interesting or valuable offer or just (for example) lyrics to be translated or personal web pages?..I don't know, just guessing..

Thanks
Francesca


Ciao Francesca!

No, I don't have a translator account and I didn't know there was a (special?!) option for sort of promoting your translation services. Personally, I wouldn't go to MySpace, if I needed a translator, but that's just me. Perhaps it's a neat thing...


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