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5 Social media networks

Social media networking involves online interaction with other people. These might be friends or total strangers, and often the interaction is through specific groups or communities who share similar interests. It can be a helpful way in which to expand your knowledge, and contacts, or exchange mutual support. It is also becoming one of the ways in which employers recruit people. For many people today it is becoming increasingly important to engage with these networks if you are serious about finding work.

Figure 10 shows some of the most popular social media networks, with estimates of the number of worldwide users. This gives you just a flavour of the size of these networks and their potential to create new contacts.

Illustration showing stats for Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Figure 10 Some of the most popular social media networks

In the next section you’ll learn a little more about social media that can be relevant to your career development.