+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 35



  1. #1
    Ultimate BHUZzer *Shira*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Posts
    7,697

    Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    This is kind of a spin-off from another thread. I'm a comparative newcomer to facebook, and so far I'm finding it fun, but I haven't really used it much for dance-related "business" stuff. So far I've primarily used it for sending gifts and stuff like that. I'd like to hear from dancers who are using social networking sites for the business of dance.

    So, how many people use a social networking site such as myspace or facebook for dance-related networking?

    Which one(s) do you use?

    Do you consider blogging-focused sites such as livejournal to be social networking sites, or do you think of them as being a different kind of animal?

    Do you have separate accounts on your favorite social networking site for your dance-related business dealings as opposed to your chitchatting with real-life friends? Why or why not?

    What is the primary thing you use your dance-related social networking profile for? Communicating with just your own students, or trying to attract new ones? If new ones, how do you go about that? Promoting your events? Trying to land gigs for private parties? Advertising your public gigs such as restaurant schedule?

    Do you just communicate with people on your friends list, or do you communicate more widely? How do you make contact more widely?

    How's it working for you? Are you achieving the results you want? What do you think are the business-oriented strengths of a social networking site, and what are its pitfalls?


  2. #2
    Master BHUZzer nasila's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3,761

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    That's a lot of questions.

    My business is bellydance (though more from managing an online site than from actual gigs, so far) so I felt I needed a presence of some sort on Tribe.net and MySpace, and LARaqs has our own tribe for discussion purposes. It's primarly used to announce (mostly sponsored/advertiser-related) events, get feedback, and to learn, not to solicit gigs. My profiles are only used for belly dance. My (non belly dance) real-life friends have real lives and aren't on social networking sites all day so I don't connect with them that way.

    I haven't gotten into LiveJournal and Facebook much at all.

    I pop into tribes and discussions that interest me every now and then, but try not to make a habit of it (the Bhuz habit is enough).

    It's working out fine for me, although I get occassional invitations to events from random people and 'friends' requests from even more random people. I'm not sure about the business-oriented strengths of a social-networking site, unless they are your only web presence (which I guess could be better than nothing, depending on how well it's done).

    There, I think I covered everything.
    Last edited by nasila; 09-05-2008 at 03:02 PM.


  3. #3
    Ultimate BHUZzer zorba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Monterey, California, USA
    Posts
    6,631

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I'm going to be watching this thread closely. I've never understood why "professionals" of all stripes are establishing a presence on such sites, much less the pros whose web presence is only such a site.

    Seems amateurish to me, much like posting your videos on YouTube rather than your own site. I must be outta touch, I thought those sites were for teenagers! Kinda like an updated "Geocities" or similar...


  4. #4
    Mega BHUZzer aasiyah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    2,129
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    i use facebook because alot of my students are university students who use facebook ALOT..
    i have a group called "I WANT EVA TO TEACH ME BELLYDANCING" where I basically post my teaching schedule and any updated news. I can also message all members about things like trying a free class etc.


  5. #5
    Mega BHUZzer Linnyg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    2,980

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Quote Originally Posted by zorba View Post
    I'm going to be watching this thread closely. I've never understood why "professionals" of all stripes are establishing a presence on such sites, much less the pros whose web presence is only such a site.

    Seems amateurish to me, much like posting your videos on YouTube rather than your own site. I must be outta touch, I thought those sites were for teenagers! Kinda like an updated "Geocities" or similar...
    ..l;,..l;,..l;,

    My co-workers think that it is weird that I don't have a myspace page. When they ask why, I tell them that I didn't it was allowed because I was older than 13.

    Sorry, back to topic


  6. #6
    Master BHUZzer sabrinabellydancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    3,754

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    i think perhaps in the beginning, it might have been for the younger crowd, but i've made connections with a lot of quality professionals through myspace, lj, etc.

    found an accompanist for class via tribe, can go practically anywhere in the world and meet up with a dance friend thanks to myspace...and bhuz of course.

    is an eco-friendly way to update interested people about our dance events

    good way for new students to find teachers in their area.

    easy way to keep up with existing dance friends, check their events, pics, etc

    so far its worked very well for me, but most of my friends are always plugged in so thats a factor.

    i'm not a huge fan of twitter cause , as my friend so eloquently put it "i don't need to know when everyone goes to the restroom"


  7. #7
    Mega BHUZzer david's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Posts
    2,900

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    tribe
    myspace
    facebook
    youtube
    bhuz
    orientaldancer.net

    I didnt intend for the myspace and facebook to be a dance related thing - but since people easily can find me and recognize me by email addresses, pics, information or even links... I just gave up trying to keep it from mixing in with my dance/private friends. AND, the more the merrier, right?

    As for youtube, the exposure you get on youtube is much vaster than the one you could ever expect on you website because people click around and "accidently" watch your clip on youtube... which wouldnt happen accidently in regard to going to your website to see your clips...

    Now, how active I am on the different sites.. THATs a different story....

    Our academy is even starting a pay-per-view class service in addition to our pre-existing services in january... so the web is definitely a way to go in many ways.

    Why leave the web to teens, pedophiles and nerds only? I mean, it could be good for something positive too, right? Like finding your spouse on bhuz, like I did :))) lol

    Now, I guess that its ok for me to be present on these sites since I'm pretty present off the web too, huh?
    Last edited by david; 09-05-2008 at 02:18 PM. Reason: Added presence paragraph


  8. #8
    Advanced BHUZzer jaded's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,190

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Yes. Disclaimer: my full-time job involves working with computers so it's pretty "natural" for me to use online communication tools for my part-time job as a belly dance instructor. I don't do many paid gigs per se so I can't speak to that. I don't think I ever got a new student because of my online networking. My current students are just now getting the hang of Facebook and last night in class, one thanked me for sending her some "virtual gifts"! I thought that was cute.

    I primarily use online networking to stay connected with the local belly dance community which is pretty spread out (southern WI, all of northern IL, even parts of IN and MI). I probably wouldn't know about any of the local haflas, shows and events without Bhuz, MySpace, Tribe and MeetUp. I also use Facebook, LiveJournal and Evite to stay connected to my friends and close dance colleagues. I also manage 3 websites related to my different dance troupes.

    If I'm not working, dancing, sleeping or eating, I'm online. .w.:


  9. #9
    Mega BHUZzer indigostars's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    2,178

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I'm on Facebook, because I like Facebook for personal use. I'm Facebook friends (as well as Tribe friends) with people I know in only a dance context. I almost met someone I know on Tribe (we take the same class evidently), but it it didn't happen.

    I adamantly hate MySpace. I hate that music comes on and scares the hell out of me. I hate animated backgrounds that almost induce a seizure. I don't really understand a lot of it; the MySpace pages often look like something I created on Geocities when people first got the internet in their homes.

    I think the worst things can happen with these sites is you can't always control everything ASAP, unless you disable features. For instance, with Facebook, people can tag you in a photo album or note, which means they can post or write whatever the want about you. Also, there's the wall feature, which alleged friends have written things on my wall that kind of made me mad (the last annoyance was someone made a snotty comment about me buying an iPhone) and I deleted them. However, they were up on my wall for a bit of time.


  10. #10
    Advanced BHUZzer phillyraqs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    1,978

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shira View Post
    Do you have separate accounts on your favorite social networking site for your dance-related business dealings as opposed to your chitchatting with real-life friends? Why or why not?

    I have separate myspace and facebook identities for bellydance-me and me-me. One, my day to day friends would be bored of getting a million notes and announcements about dance. Two, I think it looks unprofessional when "Shapoopie, world famous belly dancer" writes goofy stuff on other people's walls or posts pictures of her drinking or in lingerie (and I have seen this).

    It's just too personal and seems to lessen the mystique, perhaps? Kind of like a thread we had a while back about "big names" posting on message boards.

    It does cause a bit of confusion, like when a musician friend recently responded to one of my status updates that I should check out a show, not realizing I was a dancer in the show!


  11. #11
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Lauren_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    14,554

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I've reluctantly joined myspace at the urging of a restaurant owner. When another dancer and I were organizing a showcase/party at her place, she wanted us to include a couple of troupes we'd never heard of because they were her 'myspace friends.' She'd never even seen them dance. Based on that, I decided she was right, I should join.

    Myspace, in addition to being popular with the junior high crowd, has been HUGE in the entertainment business. All the local clubs, bands and yes, restaurants are very active there. I'm not workin' it like I should, but I'm there.


  12. #12
    Ultimate BHUZzer artemisia_danst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,474

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    i just started on facebook, and dozens and dozens of my students are on there. (and through the gmail friend finder connected to me). i'm now thinking about how to use it for my business. am on myspace too but dont like it much.

    i joined facebook for other reasons, to find back lost study colleagues from when i was studying in firenze. but it somehow turned into a connect to me bellydance resource, i even had people emailing, well messaging me on it for classes... there are way more locals (to me) on there than on myspace


  13. #13
    Advanced BHUZzer Safiyah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    1,049

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I have a facebook, myspace and youtube account. Myspace and Youtube are primarily for dancing and facebook has a few dance friends but was created primarily for my 'real' self. I also have a website that's been under construction for months...i need to get working on that one. My schedule is on my myspace page so if anyone wants to check me out they can see where I'm at. I can keep updated on what other girls in the area are up to, as well. I've also got a lot of long-distance myspace friends that I would probably go to if I'm visiting their town (to see what's going on, where to go, etc.) It's a GREAT networking tool that's not just for 13 year old kids anymore.


  14. #14
    Ultimate BHUZzer dunyah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Eugene, OR USA
    Posts
    6,491
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I just started a tribe for the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (I am on the Board in the capacity of Publicity Coordinator). It's brand new, it's at Yeah, We're down

    Tribe has been down for the past several days, though. That's the down side of Tribe.

    We are a non-profit organization. Being on Tribe is going to help me to publicize our events to dancers around the state. It's so easy to post a new topic and to invite people to join the tribe. Also easy to put photos in the gallery. And no annoying music or animated gifs like MySpace.

    I have a personal page on Tribe, too, more for networking with other dancers and musicians than for business. I have a friend who is overseas now and it's nice to keep up with her blogs and photos, it feels like we haven't really been out of touch since she's been gone.

    I also enjoy some of the other tribes I belong to, like the DIY/Bellydance on a Budget and others. Just like bhuz, I learn a lot from other dancers.


  15. #15
    Mega BHUZzer Linnyg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    2,980

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Safiyah View Post
    It's a GREAT networking tool that's not just for 13 year old kids anymore.
    Sorry, I wasn't meaning to offend. It is just a joke between my friends and I. I think that Myspace could be used for the purposes of good and not just for evil. I know that as a site it really has grown from what it was in the beginning. Again, sorry....


  16. #16
    Advanced BHUZzer mehndidancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    1,961

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I use my space very rarely but I don't have the time to spend a lot of time on the computer. (mainly trying to pry my hubby off it) . Now I just started getting more into my space. you tube if I want entertainment and i had a stressed day and theres crap on tv.
    Yes some myspace page I thought I could have a seizure veiwing it, mine has a few apps but no flash stuff for me, I don't want to scare myself logging on.

    Alrana


  17. #17
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Zumarrad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    12,479
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I don't, because I'm not promoting myself in dance right now (or probably ever) but many of the dancers at my school are on Facebook - it's the only reason I'm on it, actually - and one of the teachers uses it to promote her work all the time. Unfortunately I never get invitations etc because I have notifications turned off. I don't want to be notified every time someone throws a sheep at me, etc! I must work out how to allow event notifications only. I've got message notification turned on.


  18. #18
    Advanced BHUZzer NandaDncer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,385

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Quote Originally Posted by zumarrad View Post
    I don't, because I'm not promoting myself in dance right now (or probably ever) but many of the dancers at my school are on Facebook - it's the only reason I'm on it, actually - and one of the teachers uses it to promote her work all the time. Unfortunately I never get invitations etc because I have notifications turned off. I don't want to be notified every time someone throws a sheep at me, etc! I must work out how to allow event notifications only. I've got message notification turned on.
    What a timely thread, this Facebook thing is weird. Just last night at a show there must've been not less than 6 dancers asking me if I was on Facebook. I was told I would be invited but I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to something that could be another addiction... ..l;,

    It was fascinating that there seemed to be a whole other community within our RL community that lived at/in Facebook. I feel that any opportunity to network in a low pressure environment is a plus.


  19. #19
    I could get used to this! RatedTotalPackage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    175

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Quote Originally Posted by zorba View Post
    I'm going to be watching this thread closely. I've never understood why "professionals" of all stripes are establishing a presence on such sites, much less the pros whose web presence is only such a site.

    Seems amateurish to me, much like posting your videos on YouTube rather than your own site. I must be outta touch, I thought those sites were for teenagers! Kinda like an updated "Geocities" or similar...
    Hey, I actually watch those youtube videos and that is how I've selected some people who's workshops I'd like to attend. Sometimes it can work for good-ability to reach a more diverse group than just those that are searching for you personally-those that are searching bellydance, etc.


  20. #20
    Ultimate BHUZzer meissoun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Posts
    5,039

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I used to have short clips of my videos on my website. But then I found out that I have to pay for the amount of data that people download from my website - and it has gotten quite expensive!
    So I moved most of the videos to YouTube and also posted the entire dances instead of 30 second clips. Much cheaper for me...

    I've been on Tribe for quite a while and mainly use it as my blog, especially when I am travelling. So my parents can read about my adventures because you can read a Tribe blog without having to be a member. OK, and I post pictures of the shoes I buy...
    I also do some dance related networking there and have actually been invited to a few workshops through Tribe!
    I am not very active in the discussions though. (I am busy enough following 5 other forums....)

    I have been on Facebook for about 6 months. In the beginning I didn't use it much, but lately I have made a lot of new friends - people I actually know. (I usually do not approve friend requests from people I have never heard of - except that really cute Moroccan guy on facebook... ,r:;)

    I am there under my stage name and my family name because my "real" first name is quite common (there are 7 other people with the same first+last name on Facebook....).

    A lot of my friends are dancers as well, so I can't keep the two "worlds" apart.

    I have avoided MySpace so far and will do so in the future. Don't like the look of it.

    MEISSOUN


  21. #21
    Established BHUZzer faaria's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    840

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I use myspace only (myspace.com/faaria1), hard to check 2 emails, mysapce and a website much less adding another one!
    I find myspace easy to use I can put out fast messages for students. Many of my student seem to like it.
    I just got my "real" website up this month so using myspace was a great way for me to advertize for a few years!


  22. #22
    Official BHUZzer deelight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Dallas, TX, USA
    Posts
    407

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    If Tribe does not get back up NOW I am going to explode.


  23. #23
    kat
    kat is offline
    Advanced BHUZzer kat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    1,629

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I have myspace and facebook profiles, but facebook is really the only one I use at all -- and it I only use to communicate with students/former students who are on facebook. So far, no one in my "friends" list (and it's pretty small I admit..l;,) is anyone not either a dancer, a former dancer, a family member/S.O. of a dancer. . . We have a yahoo group that is our primary group contact, but I find that especially once students have moved away from the area, the easiest way to stay in touch is Facebook, even if they stay members of the yahoo group.

    I don't have a website. Had one for awhile, but found it too time consuming to keep updated and not really that much help in advertising my classes. I'm small potatoes (and too old to really be worried about getting a "name" in the outside-of-my-area BD business! And I have a full-time "day job" so really don't have time for any more BD business than I currently have.) -- small Midwestern city/good PR through local papers, community center advertising and word of mouth, so the website just doesn't seem necessary for me. Bhuz is my addiction, but I do check Oriental Dancer out at least once a week -- ditto facebook. Never go look at myspace unless I get a notification. I also belong to two networking sites for Indiana -- a google group for ISAMETD members and an "Indiana Bellydancers" ning site, which I check at least once every other day. And I get a lot of contact from dancers outside of Indiana who are looking for Indiana instructors just from my listing on your site, Shira

    So, I think the networking sites are a valuable resource, especially for small-timers like me!
    Last edited by kat; 09-08-2008 at 10:40 AM.


  24. #24
    Advanced BHUZzer MaryRaks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central Coast California
    Posts
    1,660

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    I have "dance" profiles on tribe and myspace. Both have worked for me to connect with some students, but I don't think any have actually brought new students into my classes - they're more of an alternate way to seem "personal" and keep a name out there besides a website.

    Do you have separate accounts on your favorite social networking site for your dance-related business dealings as opposed to your chitchatting with real-life friends? Why or why not?

    My facebook site is not dance-related since I started it in college when I was strictly a dance student with a few random performances but no "business." Many of my "real life" friends are still friends with my dance profile on myspace though. :) I don't choose to mix the two so much because I like to keep some of my personal life to myself and it's not so easy to present a professional image as a dancer when you've got vacation and puppy photos right next to the latest glam studio shots.

    I advertise events and public gigs, but I don't actively use it for keeping in touch with students and/or marketing since I don't own the site and as we've seen in the case of tribe, they can shut down or be unreliable. I use it more to have an alternate method for people to find my website or as a way for them to see photos that are good, but maybe not "website" good or that are so event/time-of-year specific that I'm not going to use them as part of my site design.

    I use PMs for the people on my friends list and things like the bulletin board. As for communicating more widely, I might post on craigslist or the local newspaper's community calendar, but that doesn't link to the social networking page.

    Since I am not using my social-networking pages as a way to gain business, I can't really speak about expectations there. I will say that having a page has helped me reach a slightly younger demographic and really helps me appear more accessible and it's been a great way to show off some of the fun times in dance and share a bit about my dance life. A difficulty I face with it though is the thought that goes into creating the page. I find it more difficult that building a website because you need to find the balance between personal and fun and professional - it's so easy to get caught up in the former that you lose the latter and that would make a social site really be bad for business.


  25. #25
    Ultimate BHUZzer *Shira*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Posts
    7,697

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    May I modify my original questions a bit?

    First, let's take tribe.net, bhuz, and Oriental Dancer out of the equation, because their prominent discussion forums make them rather different from the sites I want to discuss in more depth.

    So, here are my new and revised questions. I want to know whether there is any value to be derived by showing people's myspace or facebook profile name in my directory.

    Suppose I expanded my directory to let you identify what name you go by on selected sites. I'm thinking of starting with facebook and myspace.

    1. Have you ever gotten students as a result of being on facebook or myspace? Have you ever gotten performance gigs as a result of being on facebook or myspace?

    2. Do you think it's realistic that a prospective student who finds your name in my directory will go issue a friend request to you on facebook or myspace in order to gain access to your profile?

    3. Do you think it's realistic that someone looking to hire a performer who sees your myspace or facebook id in my directory will issue a friend request to you in order to gain access to your profile and learn whether you're the type of dancer they want to hire?
    Last edited by *Shira*; 09-09-2008 at 12:15 PM.


  26. #26
    Ultimate BHUZzer *Shira*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Posts
    7,697

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    A final thought, if I could summarize the answers people have given above:
    • Bhuz, Tribe, Oriental Dancer. People find the discussion-oriented networks such as bhuz, tribe, and Oriental Dancer useful for getting information, promoting events to people who aren't already on their mailing lists, and establishing new professional contacts with other dancers.
    • Myspace, Facebook. People find facebook and myspace helpful for communicating with people they already know, such as their students or their dance colleagues.

    Are the above statements accurate? Are you an exception to either of these statements?

    In which of the above two categories would you group other social networking sites such as blogspot and livejournal?


  27. #27
    Mega BHUZzer mahsati's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Posts
    2,458

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    1. Have you ever gotten students as a result of being on facebook or myspace? Have you ever gotten performance gigs as a result of being on facebook or myspace?

    Both. I have had potential students find my through my myspace page and myspace calendar and have been contacted and booked for gigs based on my myspace profile. There is a subsection of the population - mainly younger and into the music scene - that use this more than other resources.


    2. Do you think it's realistic that a prospective student who finds your name in my directory will go issue a friend request to you on facebook or myspace in order to gain access to your profile?

    A number of people have already done so. I keep my myspace information on my regular website and have been "friended" by students and potential students.

    3. Do you think it's realistic that someone looking to hire a performer who sees your myspace or facebook id in my directory will issue a friend request to you in order to gain access to your profile and learn whether you're the type of dancer they want to hire?


    My profile is public, so it is a non-issue. Anyone who is interested can view my profile, so while they can add my as a friend, it is not necessary in order to view all of my information on myspace. This is one of the reasons I rarely use facebook. Facebook seems more like it works better for talking to people you already know while myspace can be used more as an online billboard for the social networking crowd.


  28. #28
    Advanced BHUZzer MaryRaks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central Coast California
    Posts
    1,660

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    1. I have actually gotten a gig inquiry from myspace for a festival and I had one student inquiry. For the most part though, people go through my "real" website.

    2. I know that I myself tend not to send friend requests to people I don't know if their profile is private unless it's something like friending fellow bhuzzers. Personally, as a prospective student I wouldn't send a friend request to gain access to a private profile from a directory just to inquire about classes. The fact that it isn't open seems quite "stand off-ish" to me since I can't learn a bit about them first. In the time it takes them to friend me and me to see their profile, I can easily find someone else that I can see if I'm even interested in first and then contact them.

    3. See #2.

    --

    Re: The 2nd post...

    I think those are relatively accurate statements. Myspace has helped me expand and get to know a bit more of what's going on in the local art scene outside the dance community, which can open doors.

    To me, blogspot and livejournal don't fall into the above categories because they span both so I personally feel they're in their own category...


  29. #29
    Mega BHUZzer mahsati's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Posts
    2,458

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shira View Post
    A final thought, if I could summarize the answers people have given above:
    • Bhuz, Tribe, Oriental Dancer. People find the discussion-oriented networks such as bhuz, tribe, and Oriental Dancer useful for getting information, promoting events to people who aren't already on their mailing lists, and establishing new professional contacts with other dancers.
    • Myspace, Facebook. People find facebook and myspace helpful for communicating with people they already know, such as their students or their dance colleagues.

    Are the above statements accurate? Are you an exception to either of these statements?

    In which of the above two categories would you group other social networking sites such as blogspot and livejournal?
    Bhuz, Tribe, Oriental Dancer. These are used by people who are already in the dance scene to network with each other and discuss topics of interest. Very few non-dancers will find you here.


    Myspace, Facebook. This is where non-dancers and younger people tend to find me first before they even got to my actual website. Myspace can be a great public notice about you to that younger group of people (as long as your profile is public). Facebook seems to require more to communicate with strangers, so it is less useful for networking outside of your real life and dance friends (at least for me).


    Blogspot and LJ. Blogspot and LJ are a bit different. They were set up as online diaries of a sort, so while they have discussion groups, they are not as efficient at communication within a group as forums. I consider these differently than either forums or social networking sites.

    In all cases, I keep my personal and professional stuff separate. While I may have some personal friends on my myspace list, all of my visible myspace information is dance only.


  30. #30
    Established BHUZzer faaria's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    840

    Re: Do you use a social networking site for dance-related networking?

    Myspace was my ONLY site up until last week! I used it to attract many students and got gigs as well! It is good for advertizing if you are a relatively small market! I do use it for all business with a message to some nieces and nephews also using it for business.
    I think teachers and performers just starting out have good option, no $ to start or maintain on myspace and they rank well on google. I do think letting teachers/performers list their myspace as their website gives dancers just starting out a good chance to get going!


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Statistics
  • Threads 41,374
  • Posts 596,136
  • Members 38,195
  • Welcome to our newest member, Meriki


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53