XING is a web-based platform which offers people a social infrastructure to administer their business and private contacts. It offers its users public communication and other functions to facilitate expert networking in different languages and throughout different countries.
Similar to Linked In, it’s a great tool to maintain professional contacts.
Similar to LinkedIn not all Xing services and applications are free of charge.
How widely is it used?
With 7 million people using XING each day in 16 different languages, XING is the European head and leader in business social networking and the most used web-based social business network, especially in German speaking countries. The portal is not only oriented towards business use but is also cross-national.
The gateway of this portal is multilingual and is supporting 16 languages - the main EU languages (German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian) and a few non-EU languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Turkish).
The platform is designed for business people and professionals worldwide and used by entrepreneurs, selection makers, professionals, freelancers or outworkers, who maintain their network including partners, clients, friends, interested parties, colleagues, former fellow students etc. online.
Xing is a similar platform to LinkedIn, so the rules remain similar:
Creating a profile:
Create groups and join other groups. They are a beneficial networking tool and a great way to expand your network.
Remember to only join groups that are related to your organisation, the rest can be and are only a distraction.
Build your network of connections:
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