Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts, it's always useful to look at things from a different perspective!
Dmitry I also can't get the hang of LinkedIn. For me it's the Frankenstein monster of social networks that doesn't know what it wants to be.
I've reached the conclusion that LinkedIn is NOT a social network and should not be treated as such, but rather as a professional network, a business tool. What is 'social' about LinkedIn is the post/comment/like dynamics, period ?
Dmitry I also love Instagram (can I get more millennial?) but NOT for business purposes. For me it's a safe place where I can be myself and post pictures of my family and my cat and enjoy beautiful nature shots from the accounts that I follow.
I do agree! I've actually tried switching to Instagram for Business some time ago, but it felt wrong and weird and one day I felt like sharing something personal and, oh no!, my safe place was gone! So I switched back. Oh well. Maybe I'll set up a different account for business, but only after I've learned if any benefit can come out of it and how to use it.
MaV I am not using any of those for work purposes yet. It's something I tell myself every morning that I should start doing...
I feel you, I'm not using the full potential of social media yet either! But it's perfectly OK if you take the time to study and learn how to use one of these platforms for business instead of rushing to them, opening a profile and then leaving it empty (like I'm doing LOL)
Valerie1974 BUT I also use Facebook because of one specialisation I would like to pick up which is gastronomy. I joined a lovely specific group and I also follow some food related publications. I have already signed up for a specialisation course which will take place in June.
Great way to use it, imo. I'm trying to do the same with tourism & travel. Fingers crossed!
annagiuliam I think the right social media for professional purposes also depends on the field you work on: if you work mainly with companies I think LinkedIn and twitter are the best, but if you also work for private people (like interpreting at weddings) facebook is a great option too.