Best alternatives to LinkedIn 2017: Nine LinkedIn alternatives for IT professionals
Professional networks are designed to provide an outlet for business professionals to establish and maintain relationships, share resources and even find their next job.
Some sites are aimed at small to medium-sized businesses while others opt for larger enterprise clients. Either way, there's likely to be one for you.
If you're tired of LinkedIn, try one of these nine professional networks for IT pros.
Our top picks are:
This list will be updated regularly so if we've missed a professional network you like, let us know.
Spiceworks is a large community specifically designed for IT professionals.
Launched in 2006, Spiceworks provides a space for resource sharing, collaboration and IT advice. Unlike LinkedIn and similar sites, Spiceworks users have access to its marketplace, where IT-related products and services can be purchased.
Acquired by Salesforce in April 2010, Data.com is a professional network for B2B decision-makers. While Salesforce insists Data.com is
suitable for anyone from entry-level staff upwards, with extensive business and industry directories, contact lists and company portfolios, this professional network is arguably best suited to senior IT leaders such as CIOs, CTOs and CDOs.
Data.com also provides a community-led forum called 'The Corner' for professionals to connect, collaborate and discuss industry best practices.
Founded in 2014, beBee is a professional network which encourages the sharing of knowledge and interests while also providing an extensive jobs board.
Like LinkedIn, beBee provides groups or 'hives' for discussions.
beBee is often thought of as a LinkedIn rival, so could be an easy transition site for unfulfilled LinkedIn users.
The 'hives' provide a massive range of topics designed for a large spectrum of users, from small business owners and top-level IT professionals to retail assistants and graphic designers.
Claiming to be used in over 200 countries, XING is a career-centred social network that offers job boards, forums and LinkedIn-style 'connections'.
XING offers over 25,000 event listings for professional meetups across Europe.
Founded in 2002, Meetup.com has grown in popularity substantially in recent years in both personal and professional circles with a recorded 30 million members across 182 countries, and 608,036 meetups taking place each month.
And while not fitting the parameters of a traditional professional network, due to the lack of an online community, Meetup offers 'real-life' networking events for most interests.
This group is ideal for IT hobbyists and hands-on IT professionals such as developers and programmers.
Novertur provides an online business community that uses a 'matchmaking system' that automatically reviews your business needs and matches them to complementary businesses.
Users can also send and receive quotes and contact potential suppliers in the UK and abroad.
Founded in 2013, Opportunity is a business networking site that matches professionals based on company analysis and ideal 'likely' future business partners.
Users can connect, chat and generate new business contacts while also providing a jobs board for employees and job seekers.
The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is an online and offline network for IT pros comprising of webinars and forums, meetups and an online career centre specifically for IT pros.
AITP provides member discounts on FreshBooks and Dell (to name a few) products via its partner and affiliate portal.
While AITP is primarily US-focused, the resources available via the online community are still worth consideration from UK IT professionals.
Breaking slightly from tradition, AngelList isn't exactly a professional network in the same sense that LinkedIn is, but it does house a lot of the same capabilities.
AngelList will connect IT professionals with startups and VC funds, or if you're part of a startup, it will help you find the best talent for your growing team.
You'll be asked to create a company profile, post a job and then you'll be able to arrange interviews with potential candidates. Equally, if you're looking for a job, AngelList will connect you with lots of employers looking to hire professionals with your specific skills.
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