The American College of Cardiology was a social-media early adopter, with a sizable following on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter -- but now it has rolled out a private network open only to cardiology professionals. The aim is to create a walled garden where organization members can discuss issues among themselves, providing value for the group's existing membership, rather than focusing on outreach.
About 25,000 people on LinkedIn claim to have the word "innovation" in their job title -- a sign, experts say, of the rising importance of the new field of innovation management. There's little consensus yet on how best to manage innovation, but experts say it's important to think broadly, use entrepreneurial tactics to foster new ideas and keep your efforts focused on meeting your customers' needs.
The Facebook application BranchOut lets you use your friends to help you find a job. The app organizes your contacts by where they're employed, allowing you to see whether the people you already know are working at companies that interest you. Once friends install the same app, then you can see who they know at various organizations. Unlike LinkedIn, however, BranchOut will not allow you to connect with strangers.
If you're looking for a job, you might want to hold off on guzzling that beer if other professionals are present. Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study that those with an alcoholic beverage in their hand were perceived by others as less intelligent and less worthy of being hired.