I recently set up my new Open Source training company. This entails a new domain name and new email. That is enough work in itself. But then there's all the other internet services that I use (about 21 and counting!). And this raises the interesting point about what exactly is a social network.
For example, I needed to post a question on the [Joomla! forums]. This is straightforward, ask a question, hopefully receive an answer at some point. How many questions though do I need to post before it becomes a social venture? And what happens when you start linking them all together? Now when I post to my blog, bookmark a new site or shorten a URL, everything can start to tweet everything else, and everybody knows what everybody else is up to.
So, what good is that? From a business point of view, if I post a new workshop date, which is then tweeted, calendared, bookmarked and blogged about, it gets the word spread. It increases communication, so people know what you're up to.
I still have a bit of a way to go to link everything. I'm sure you'll know when I have!
(FWIW, here's a long list of the services I use. Look out for growdigital!!):
• Mozilla add-ons
• Joomla! extensions
Addendum: Using twitterfeed.com, I've managed to feed my blog posts to twitter account. It's all very exciting ;)