It’s not easy to meet people when you’re attending college online, so Social Media outlets become all the more important. Find study-partners, make contacts, find people interested in the same field, and even make friends using these social media tools. Degrees are important, but getting jobs after graduation can be more about who you know than what you know. So start getting to know other online college students!

  1. Facebook – Facebook is the largest social media site. Even though it’s not just for college students anymore, it is still the first place to look for people going to the same online college and majoring in the same degree. Don’t be afraid to send a message introducing yourself and asking for a study-buddy. Even if you are miles apart, you can brainstorm together, complete projects together and share resources.
  2. Skype – Skype isn’t your typical social media site, you don’t have to friend anyone or post pictures, or “like” status updates. But, it is the best tool out there for brainstorming over long distances with classmates. Brainstorming, or just getting on the Skype video-chat, is a great way to stay motivated and excited about your online courses.
  3. Google Buzz – Google is trying to get on the Facebook bandwagon and created Buzz, a combo of Facebook and Twitter. Keep up with your friends, their blogs and their projects, with an easy click on the left side of your Gmail page. If you have friends pursuing the same career as you, you might find valuable insights into job opportunities.
  4. Twitter – Twitter isn’t just for keeping in touch with friends, or telling your “followers” what you had for breakfast. Start following well-known people in your chosen profession and see how they are using Twitter. You might pick up a few pointers in your career field, or at least learn how the pros use social media to effectively promote their businesses.
  5. LinkedIn – LinkedIn is the professional Social Media web site. Even while you are a student you can begin networking with other students, your professors, and professionals in your field. They can even write you recommendations on your LinkedIn account for future employers to see. You can upload your resume and educational background and use your LinkedIn account as an informal resume supplement to help you land a job once you graduate.