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Six social networks for the enterprise

Facebook has recently announced 'Facebook at work' for connecting professional contacts. If you don't want to mix your business and personal lives, have a look at these social networks you can use for work.

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There are hundreds of social networks for use in business. Each has some great features that can really benefit workers and corporations. Here, we take a look at six up-and-coming business social networks that you might not have heard about yet.

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Bitrix24

The youPass platform enables users to share custom live-streams of their contact information with each youPass connection. An interface enables users to customize who gets what details of their connections.

Contact information is integrated with apps you already use, making it easy to find people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and other services.

Usefulness for business: Useful for workers who have multiple contacts and want a seamless way to exchange contact details with other connections using social platforms.

Alexa rank: 10,214,310

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Solaborate

Solaborate enables tech professionals to across social media channels such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Users can ask questions in real time across a chat or video function. Users can showcase their specific skills and connect with other technology professionals. Each user has a tech score showing their activity and value to the community.

Usefulness for business: Useful for technologists within a business who want to ask questions about infrastructure and development projects and collaborate with other technologists in similar industries. Real-time collaboration can deliver instant answers to tech questions.

Alexa rank: 162,613

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Golsie

Golsie claims to be the "social network of achievement." The app offers a social platform for helping ambitious users set goals, track progress and successfully complete objectives.

The app is based around a three-stage process of Define, Track and Share, and Achieve. Define helps users create initial goals and allows for detailed descriptions, and target dates. Track and Share brings a social aspect to the app that gives users a chance to add steps, questions and notes to the goal. Achieve is the final stage wherein goal setters can mark goals as completed.

The journey to goal completion involves engagement and interaction, and rewards users with points, badges and levels as they make progress. Friendly rivalry is encouraged, allowing users to compete with friends and fellow goal setters for extra motivation.

Usefulness for business: Useful for people who want to document their objectives and share their goals with their network. In small organizations, self-set goals could be monitored by the internal HR team.

Alexa rank: 4,441,806

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YouJoin

YouJoin provides a platform where users can create a multi-media rich online profile for their career and worklife-related experiences, and is intended to be more presentable and visually appealing than a conventional CV. It allows users to have a "semi-public profile view" of their profile.

Users can set up a four-digit PIN code with their profile links, which they can customize with their names. They can then invite a targeted audience (such as interviewers or recruiters) to view their profile using a PIN code.

Usefulness for business: Useful for HR professionals who want extra insight into potential staff. YouJoin gives users the opportunity to display more personal data such as hobbies and interests.

Alexa rank: 5,825,571

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Plaudunt

Plaudunt claims to be a "unique business matchmaking site." This business's only social networking site enables you to register as a user with your business name, then create your profile and connect with companies all over the world involved in similar or different industries.

Plaudunt offers businesses a platform for elevating their profiles by posting, joining groups or uploading videos. It has a multilingual chat feature similar to the ones found on Facebook and MSN Messenger. This allows Plaudunt members to type in their own language which is then automatically translated to the recipient’s dialect of choice.

Usefulness for business: Useful for small businesses that want to discover new partnering and collaboration opportunities. It also gives small businesses a chance to showcase their company.

Alexa rank: 6,114,616

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YouPass

The youPass platform enables users to share custom live-streams of their contact information to each youPass connection. An interface enables users to customize who gets what details of their connections.

Contact information is integrated with apps you already use, making it easy to find people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and other services.

Usefulness for business: Useful for workers who have multiple contacts and want a seamless way to exchange contact details with other connections using social platforms.

Alexa rank: 10,214,310

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