Saturday, September 25, 2010

Social Networking for Translators

Has anyone tried out social networking site for translators and translation agencies? Is it any better than facebook or other such sites?

For example, I’ve heard about Langmates, which describes itself as a “community of freelance and in-house translators, translation project managers, human resource managers, and other industry experts.” Is this useful at all?

Personally, I rely on repeat customers and word-of-mouth, so I don’t do much in the way of advertising or networking, but this could be helpful for translators who are just starting out.


Andres Heuberger said...

Hi B.J.,

I would suggest you look at LinkedIn. It's a great networking tool, and their many translation-related groups offer a wealth of information and opportunity to interact with colleagues. You can also "link in" your blog and any Twitter account.

In addition, we get a lot of site traffic from LinkedIn - we wrote about this on our blog.

Good luck!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner said...

We really like lately -- it's fee-based as of last week, but it has lots of great info and thoughtful colleagues. The fee is quite minimal, and it creates some barrier to entry, which results in higher-quality posts and contributions, in our humble opinion.

B.J. Epstein said...

Thanks, all! I'll check those sites out at some point.

Best wishes,