The internet offers many opportunities for networking. Online communications are an increasingly essential part of research networks. It is easier than attending conferences or meeting face to face with potential collaborators. We are now able to be in constant contact with people, regardless of location. If used carefully, online communications also offer opportunities to make and develop new contacts.
- Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say face to face
- Be aware of how public and permanent your contributions are
- Be considerate and refrain from spamming and flaming
- Try to see the individuals behind the emails or discussion board posts and notice whether you have met them before either online or offline.
This page suggests ways in which you might be able to use a variety of technologies:
It also draws attention to some common pitfalls. Remember you can always phone or meet face to face where this would add to the depth or the efficiency of your communication.