7 Social Media Platforms for Engineering Professionals
Who says engineers aren’t on social media? Although some engineering professionals stray away from the “kings of social media” (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), there are other popular engineering outlets that often get overlooked. We’ve compiled the top 7 social media outlets for engineers.
LabRoots is a social network service that aims to improve the scientific collaboration of engineers, tech innovators, and scientists. It’s an engineering goldmine for virtual events, webinars, and scientific discoveries. Additional LabRoots perks include fascinating trending topics & videos and engineering breakthrough discussions.
Element 14 was one of the first online communities specifically for engineers. From electronic design all the way through maintenance and repair, this community is a place where engineers and electronic enthusiasts unite. Not only does this engineering platform have user-friendly resources and trending innovations, but you can also connect with other members to create and share relatable content.
Conference Room 4 (CR4) is a collaborative forum for engineers, scientists, technical researchers, and folks who just like technology. This community, which is supported by IHS Engineering 360 (an engineering search engine), is home to discussions on engineering news, and many technical Q and A’s. The layout of the forum isn’t too flashy, but it gathers some of the most talented engineers (mechanical, electrical & software to name a few) into one collaborative environment.
Research Gate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to discover and share engineering research. You can also connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in related fields. “Research Gate is revolutionizing how research is conducted and disseminated in the digital age.” – Los Angeles Times
Github is very well known among the software engineering community – the largest code host on the planet. It’s wide variety of powerful features create a highly collaborative software development for both open source and private projects. Github provides social networking-like functions such as feeds, followers, and wikis.
Like Github, Microsoft’s CodePlex is geared towards software engineers. Within the platform, you can easily collaborate with others on open source projects, and download open source software. Codeplex also has discussion forums, and conveniently organizes the top followed projects.
The ASME Online Community is a social place to connect with others and stay up to date on the latest mechanical engineering news. This platform also allows you to join groups, and participate in various mechanical engineering discussions. ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), is a not-for-profit membership with over 140,000 members in 151 countries.
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