This week, Linkedin announced they would be shutting down their ‘Answers’ section of the social network. This has been a resource for users to get help from industry experts or offer their experience for people who are asking questions. In response to this occurance, many sites are offering you alternative websites to use that are tailored to question and answer format. But I say Linkedin is still the best place for this. Tune in to learn why:
Linkedin is a great professional network so this is where questions and answers are most effectively taking place. People have the mindset that they are professional networking and therefore there is more interesting and helpful information being shared. Groups are a great feature of Linkedin that get a lot of attention because they really expose you to a niche group of people that can help you target who you’re helping according to the type of client you usually look for. If you’re not familiar with groups, take the time to do a search for ones that would make sense for you to engage. Even check out what groups your connections are a part of (there is a section of their profile that will tell you).
If you’re still looking for alternatives outside of Linkedin, I’m going to stick with the grouping idea and say there are a lot of great opportunities on Facebook as well. The groups that are having a conversation on that network are as if not more niche than Linkedin and can be a great place to get exposure and share your expertise. It’s still the biggest social network, so instead of just stalking your family and friends look for groups that are interesting to you.