Social media, web resources, and online events
If using Twitter for business purposes, cull your Twitter followers regularly. If someone is following you and a thousand others, but not being followed or not tweeting, block them. Also consider blocking tweeters who are not allied with your business goals or who might leave a negative impression on clients.
LinkedIn has many groups where people voluntarily join to exchange views in discussions, ask and answer questions, and share job leads and news. Many professional societies such as ASHRAE, NFPA, and IEEE have groups. Groups are also centered on topics, such as LEED, Smart Grid, and energy. Go to the Groups section of LinkedIn and use keyword searches to find and join groups of interest to you.
Twitter's new lists feature allows anyone to curate the real-time Web. Listorious makes it easy to find the best lists of Twitter users on any given topic, and for list creator to publicize their lists. www.listorious.com
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Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications at the National Fire Protection Assn., tweets the latest news on fire and life safety.
Johnson Controls makes buildings in 125 countries more comfortable, productive, safe, and energy-efficient. Efficiency Now, it's never been more important!
Initiating, pursuing, analyzing, developing, and executing clean energy projects based on breakthroughs in renewable energy technologies and security.
ASHRAE's Twitter account provides information about ASHRAE news and events, new publications, and educational and networking opportunities.
International Facility Management Assn.
The world's largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers.
Women in HVACR
Women in HVACR was organized exclusively for educational purposes to further the growth of women in all areas of the HVACR industry. www.womeninhvacr.org
With lots of free tools, an extensive engineering library, and directories, ENGINEERING.com is the premier online destination for engineers of all disciplines.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey