Poll: Does the use of social networking sites affect your work?
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Sep 5, 2014

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Does the use of social networking sites affect your work?".

This poll was originally submitted by Ikram Mahyuddin. View the poll results »



 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:28
Member
English to French
Other Sep 5, 2014

I don't use social networking sites, except the bar-restaurant down the road (with restraint).

Philippe


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 09:28
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
No Sep 5, 2014

I don't use them!

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:28
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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No - but Sep 5, 2014

LinkedIn has kept me in touch with many colleagues that I don't see on ProZ. Some have given me nice recommendations, and some of have actually recommended me for work. Granted, this happens on ProZ as well, but the two together complement and complete my professional network. (I try to reserve Facebook for family and personal friends.)

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:28
Russian to English
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Translators' sites, yes Sep 5, 2014

Strictly social sites--no.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:28
Member (2006)
German to English
No Sep 5, 2014

Teresa Borges wrote:

I don't use them!


Same here. But I do not understand how it could affect my life though


 

Max Deryagin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 14:28
Member (2013)
English to Russian
But of course! Sep 5, 2014

ProZ.com is a social networking site, too!

The very first sentence of its Wiki article says so: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProZ.com

[Edited at 2014-09-05 12:22 GMT]


 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:28
Member (2012)
French to English
Yes Sep 5, 2014

I have received work through contacts on Facebook groups. It's also a good way of keeping in touch with colleagues that I met while on my translation MA course. I find that freelance translation can be a lonely business at times, so social networks help me to overcome that.

 

Béatrice DEZERALD  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 10:28
Member (2008)
English to French
+ ...
No Sep 5, 2014

Same as Teresa and Michael : I don't use thise sites !!

 

Rudolf Frans Maulany  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 10:28
English to Indonesian
+ ...
Yes Sep 5, 2014

Social networking sites are important ways to get in touch with other colleagues share experience in an informal way and it is also good for our work and for our mental health.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 10:28
Member (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
No Sep 5, 2014

except for much appreciated Proz.com

Facebook is for friends and family
- and I am afraid that my LinkedIn lives its own life.


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:28
Spanish to English
+ ...
Someone must have read my blog! Sep 5, 2014

Yes, I have had a lot of success in marketing my services through social media sites, even facebook. There are a lot of them out there, not strictly limited to linkedin, facebook and twitter.

It really boils down to "Go to where your customers are; show them that you can add value to their company; and be available to meet those needs."

For some industries, social networking sites are a great option. How great is the difference between going to a trade show or conference in your specialization, and joining a linkedin group dedicated to the same area?


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 07:28
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Translators sites = social networks? Sep 8, 2014

LilianNekipelov wrote:

Strictly social sites--no.


Agree with Lillian. Translators sites, actually ProZ only, do make a considerable difference professionally.

Now, Linkedin and Facebook have never been useful professionally whatsoever. Facebook is not meant for that anyway. But Linkedin's purpose is professional, and it does not bring any professional benefits.

I consider ProZ a social network of translators worldwide who interact professionally. IT does not have chats, irrelevant posts, stupid pictures of your hamburger or selfies; so it is what a social network should be. So, if ProZ cannot be considered a Social Network, my answer changes to "no way" immediately.


 


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