I am not new to online networks. I've been on Twitter since 2008, and Facebook since 2007. At last count, I have two and a half personal twitter accounts (one private, one public and one shared with my partner) as well as a work one. I have a facebook profile (personal) and a facebook page (professional), LinkedIn, tumblr, about.me, Google+ and two instagrams (personal and work). I’m a member of several yahoo groups (including the School Librarians’ Network), I’ve set up an online group for my local school librarians' network, I’ve got at least two (semi) active blogs (as well as a string of abandoned ones), a livejournal, dreamwidth, soundcloud, bandcamp, 8tracks, My Jam, mixcloud, MySpace, goodreads, librarything, Path, diaspora* (that's not a footnote, that asterisk is part of the name), SnapChat (I'm not a fan), Skype, Viber, What's app, FaceTime, and a partridge in a pear tree. I have spread myself rather too thinly across social networks with the result that most of them languish abandoned and unused. I think I need to learn to focus!
I have, in the past, been much more active on both Twitter and Facebook. I find Twitter a good way to quickly connect or have brief conversations with people, or to ask the Twitter hive mind a question, but I tend to get overwhelmed by the enormity of information on there which puts me off engaging as much as I used to. I have a Facebook page for my professional persona, but I mainly use it to promote this blog. The professional online networks I currently find the most useful are the School Librarians' Network (a Yahoo group that has been going since 1998!) and a Wiggio group that I set up last month to connect my local school librarians' network.
As part of this Thing, I have joined a few more Facebook groups and subscribed to a few more Twitter lists (Twists?). I haven't had a chance to really go in depth with them, so it remains to be seen how useful I will find these for professional purposes. I look forward to finding out.