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Poll: Which social network is making a professional impact for you?
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Sabine Winter  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:20
Member (2007)
English to German
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ProZ May 8, 2016

Great question. And while I don't consider ProZ a "social network" but rather a professional networking tool, it is the network that actually has made a professional impact for me and brought me some great clients. LinkedIn ranks second, Xing has had zero impact, I rarely make use of Twitter, and I don't utilize my facebook account for professional pursuits. So, ProZ wins hands down.

 

Andrea Garfield-Barkworth  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:20
Member (2015)
German to English
Proz May 8, 2016

I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, I have a profile on LinkedIn and Xing but I don't actively use them.

A number of clients have found me via my proz account though.


 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 05:20
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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ProZ.com May 8, 2016

Several good clients have contacted me via ProZ, and som via Translator's Café.

Nothing else, but that's all I need.


 

Hussein Dayow Idow  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:20
Member (2016)
Somali to English
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proz doea alot for me May 9, 2016

Though most of my responsive clients come from translatos cafe but I found quite professional to use the profile of ProZ in my applications and quotes.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Where was the "none" option? May 9, 2016

I'm disappointed, Mario

 

Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:20
Member (2002)
English to Norwegian
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...positive or negative impact? May 9, 2016

In the early days of Facebook, it had a considerable negative effect on my professionalism since I ended up translating at night after wasting time during the day.
Proz was very important up to about 4 years ago - at which point the number of nuisance, low-balling emails started exceeding serious offers so much that I had to create a separate folder for them. LinkedIn I use more for networking with other translators and writers, and less to attract clients.
In the past year, though,
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In the early days of Facebook, it had a considerable negative effect on my professionalism since I ended up translating at night after wasting time during the day.
Proz was very important up to about 4 years ago - at which point the number of nuisance, low-balling emails started exceeding serious offers so much that I had to create a separate folder for them. LinkedIn I use more for networking with other translators and writers, and less to attract clients.
In the past year, though, I've been rediscovering the old-fashioned word-of-mouth network- where retiring translators refer me to their their clients. So far this has worked better than any other social network I've tested.
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