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Blogs & Social Networking | Organisations & Associations
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 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 newsdesk and the rest of our team on Twitter and Linkedin, too.
The i-FM Team
David Emanuel, Managing Director, i-FM
Best of the Tweeters & Bloggers
(Listed by main theme, but there is frequently cross-over in interests)
Andrew Brown @frankandbrown
Paul Carder @paulcarder
Cathy Hayward @cathy_magenta
Lucy Jeynes @larchlucy
Martin Pickard @thefmguru
Guy Stallard @guy_stallard
Dave Wilson @davewilsonfm
Mark Catchlove @markcatchlove
Ian Ellison @ianellison
Mark Eltringham @markeltro
Simon Heath @simonheath1
Andrew Mawson @amawson
Tim Oldman @leesmanceo
Nigel Oseland @oseland
Neil Usher @workessence
David D’Souza @dds180
Doug Shaw @dougshaw1
Perry Timms @perrytimms
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 (4600 members in round figures 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 (35,000 members), the BIFM group is open to anyone
The Young Managers Forum (1700), which represents up-and-coming FMs in the UK
Women in FM (6500), to promote women within the sector, to encourage them to join the industry, to develop their careers
The FM Network (8000), a mix of FM discussion and debate in an independent portal
FM in the Middle East (1600), does what it says on the tin
Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Management Professionals (36,000), adds in CRE and brings a strong North American flavour
International Facilities Management Association (58,000), the IFMA group – which also tends to have a North American flavour to it
Some groups mix a practice orientation with a lot of participation by recruiters, for example:
Facilities Management Group (19,000)
Facilities Management Professionals International (49,000)
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.