When i-FM launched in 1999 we were pioneers of the dot-com revolution. It was only the beginning, but the advantages of the internet – namely its speed, range and accessibility – encouraged people to turn away from traditional forms of print media and instead look to the world wide web as the primary source of all their information.
Today, when we step into the office, sit down and switch on, we inevitably log in too. Journalism is adapting to the birth of the blogosphere, while meetings rooms and conferences have had to make space for social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest.
There are plenty of great blogs to read and internet groups to join if you’re interested in facilities management, where you can find all the latest news, views and ideas in the built environment and support services sector.
As well as our regular updates on this site, you can find the i-FM news desk and the rest of our team on Twitter and Linkedin too.
Best of the Bloggers
Neil Usher, property & workplace executive
Linkedin is the leading global networking platform for professionals. There’s a whole series of groups you can join to stay in touch with the FM community – but it’s worth noting that groups vary substantially in size and focus: some show little activity, in some there is limited participation in discussions, in some recruitment consultants are the most active users (which may or may not be useful to you), and some are happy being used as a vehicle for commercial promotion.
We strongly recommend (of course) the i-FM group (3643 members when this page was last updated). This group exists for the discussion and sharing of information around news, issues and trends in the industry. It is actively policed to minimise irrelevant content. And remember, you can also follow i-FM on Twitter - @ifmnet.
Other groups worth having a look at are:
British Institute of Facilities Management (15,707 members), the BIFM group is open to anyone
Facilities Management Association (10,109), with news and information about the FMA
The Young Managers Forum (811), which represents up-and-coming FMs in the UK
The FM Network (7,094), a great mix of FM debate in an independent portal
British Facilities Management (2800), a general interest networking group
Occupiers Journal (2200), global FM and real estate discussions can be found here
FM in the Middle East (500), does what it says on the tin
Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Management Professionals (7200), adds in CRE and brings a strong North American flavour.
International Facilities Management Association (11,000), the IFMA group – which also tends to have a North American flavour to it.
Three groups mix a practice orientation with a lot of participation by recruiters:
Facilities Management Group (7000)
Facilities Management Professionals (7215)
Facilities Management Professionals International (10,600).
Groups and their content change pretty consistently, so it is worth looking around and following links from time to time so you can stay in touch with anything that might be relevant to you.
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