Dennis D. McDonald ( consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

By Dennis D. McDonald

I am experimenting with development of a simple graphical map of the online networking tools I use for personal and professional networking. I started this as a way to illustrate to people how different tools can be used and how their features differ.

You can see the current version below that I am maintaining using the MindMeister tool. This view reflects changes as they are made when I am logged into the application and I have "publish" turned on.

A couple of observations:

  • I have not yet attempted to show the "interaction" among the different tools, e.g., the way Twitter messages can be displayed within Facebook.
  • I've used icons to represent various "features" of the tools. The features I've tried to include so far are:
    • Can create sub groups
    • Can create & post content (of any type)
    • Can do person to person messaging (includes email)
    • Personal Use
    • Professional Use
    • Maintain Personal Profile
    • Not Openly Searchable (e.g., via a general Google search)

Are there any important features I've left out?

I've left some tools off. For example, I haven't entered "Second Life" in a long long time (I could never get my avatar to look the way I wanted) and I recently deleted my MySpace account.  I'm still trying to figure out how to delete my Pownce account, which just won't go away.

A Map of My Online Networking Tools: Part 2

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