When I ask the question, “Is instant messaging good for networking?”, I don’t mean contacting random people online in order to get to know more people. But I do think that networking is something that can be done through instant messaging.
For example, take into consideration someone who is just starting a new job and doesn’t know any of their co-workers. If their work environment has an instant messaging system, this is the perfect way to get to know co-workers.
Because one of the best benefits of instant messengers is the fact that you can use them and still be productive while multi-tasking, a new employee could use instant messaging to learn more about their new co-workers- what they do outside of work, what their main responsibilities are, and even asking questions about office policies and paperwork.
While this may not be ‘networking’ in the truest sense, instant messaging is a great way to get to know the immediate people around you. What are some of the other ways that you can get to know people through IM?