Thing 20 is asking me to look at LinkedIn, Academia.edu and ResearchGate. As an active user of LinkedIn and with accounts of the other two, I’ve already explored this area in great depth. I included these three sites in a Social Media at Work e-Learning package I produced when I worked at Imperial College London. Without writing a huge reflective post, I believe that LinkedIn is useful for any undergradute or postgraduate student to get their skills and qualifications out there for potential employers and as a space to network with people in their chosen field. I don’t believe that just degrees alone these days will get you a job, so LinkedIn is a good way to get people to write recommendations for you (and for you to write one for them). I think Academia.edu and ResearchGate are for the PhD student, post doctoral researcher or for those with research they want to put onto these sites. Where and when you publish your research is important, so students should be made aware of the notion of ownership and the small print these sites have over their work. It’s better to have your own website with a research page and links to your research than somewhere like Academia.edu in my view, but these sites have a lot of users, so your work is more discoverable. I think it depends in which field you are, what your career path is and how much you want to share. There are other ways to be socially active, Twitter is a social media platform with a lot of academic interest at the moment. Whatever platform you use there’s pros and cons, but I think on the whole these sites offer what previous generations could only dream of – the exposure of your work to the world, not just a few papers and books read by a handful of people. In this respect, ain’t technology grand!