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Can Online Networking BEE as Successful as In-Person Networking?

Can Online Networking BEE as Successful as In-Person Networking?

As the U.S. CEO beBee.com, a new professional social networking site with over 11 million worldwide users (Bees), I give a lot of thought to social media and networking. Since my goal is to get beBee to 100 million users, I am most interested in is what causes people to connect with each other and interact. At beBee, we have a different approach than our big competitor, LinkedIn, to social networking.

As Published on the Huffington Post

On LinkedIn, you connect with people you know. The content in your feed is based on those connections. You see what they post – whether it’s relevant to you or not. Which is a factor in why Linkedin is running less than 25% of users on the platform monthly and why many fear getting a connection request from someone new. We ask ourselves why the heck is this person connecting with me? What do they want from me?

On beBee, we drive connection and engagement through passions, hobbies, personal and professional interests. You can find other individuals with the same interests as you and then you can create a dialogue over that commonality. This is what we call affinity networking – a connection based on common interest.

Affinity networking allows for connection with people you don’t know – with a mutually beneficial reason to form this connection. And there is a greater likelihood that this new connection will be deeper and more successful.

Furthermore, on beBee, since you are connecting with people of common interests and participating in open groups (Hives) that are of your choosing, your feed will only contain relevant content to you. The conclusion I have come to is that this is what is driving 45% of our Bees to be using beBee every month – that’s 20% higher than Linkedin! A social networking site is going to be valuable to people if it provides a platform that is both natural to use and helpful in establishing new meaningful connections. After all, isn’t that the purpose of networking?!

What I have come to realize is that beBee has created an environment where networking occurs the way humans naturally want it to. I use the following two recent examples from my own experiences.


Can Online Networking BEE as Successful as In-Person Networking?                                  Me and Dr. Geo

Connection #1:

I was in a New York coffee shop discussing with my publicist the book I am writing about my journey through 20 years as a single-father of 5, “Man-Up.” Sipping coffee next to me was a gentleman who turned to me and said, “Your book sounds amazing and will greatly help men in their lives. I’m Dr. Geo, I am also a father, a Men’s Health Doctor from NYU Langome Medical Center and these issues are important to my patients and me as a father too.

Common Passion: Fatherhood

Common Interests: Men’s Health and Well-being, Professional Speaking

Networking Success: We produced a video together on Men’s Issues, from which I wrote a viral article in The Good Men Project, “A Single Dad of 5 Discovers 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Live a Longer and Healthier Life.” I took his headshot for him to use on his website and we have become friends.



Can Online Networking BEE as Successful as In-Person Networking?

   Sunset Over New Jersey From Manhattan

Connection #2:

It was late in the afternoon this past Saturday and I headed to to watch the sunset over Jersey City, New Jersey from the Hudson River waterfront. As a Lumix sponsored photographer, I have made part of my repertoire, taking sunset pics here in New York. (Instagram @msweetwood). I noticed a middle-aged woman sitting on the bench next to me, who seemed to be interested in my picture taking. I causally (and suavely) said to her, “The sunset is beautiful tonight.” She responded, “it’s dazzling.” I don’t come here often but I love sunsets.

Common Passion: Watching Sunsets, NYC Lifestyle

Common Interests: Photography, Instagram, Social Media, Entrepreneurs

We agreed to connect on social media. She is the inventor and purveyor of RestoPresto® - An innovative small pouch which converts into a multi-functional soft blanket. We are exploring ways to work together with her social outreach on beBee. And we’ll meet again to watch the sunset.

These in-person networking opportunities blossomed into more successful connections because we found common interests and passions, which build rapport and deeper connection. beBee is the first social network that allows you to do that online.

I hope you’ll give beBee a try. We’re free for everyone, so you have little to lose and an excellent opportunity to be more successful.


Read more from Matt Sweetwood on msweetwood.com


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Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

Great post here Matt! I enjoy promoting beBee in the college where I teach & where ever I meet people everywhere. Its a great tool for spreading positive messages. I love it that Javier & Juan are so engaged here on beBee.com, you , Juan & Javier are invited to Savannah for lunch or dinner at any time. Keep up the great efforts & zeal. I LOVE beBee.com! regards, BILL STANKIEWICZ , Savannah Supply Chain Guy, # 1.404.750.3200, www.savannahsupplychain.com Be kind & help someone today, Bill Stankiewicz twitter.com/billstankiewicz email: bstankiewicz@portfreshlogistics.com

Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #22

#23
Excellent!

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #21

Reminds me of a song lyric, "Ain't nothin' like the real thing..." Seriously, I've spoken on Networking and related topics on three continents but no matter where I am in the world people tell me that they are uncomfortable talking to a stranger. It is part of being human. BUT, being human also makes us feel we should reach out to that person we don't know. Here's a secret. Open yourself up first. Tell the other person why you are "here." Let them know that you're here for a reason other than to "hit" on them. Next thing you know you might have a new friend!

Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #20

#21
Wasn't there a Peanuts (Charles Schultz) cartoon saying something about this challenge? Something like "Don't be afraid, you'll either get slapped or get kissed"?

Randy Keho

Randy Keho

4 years ago #19

I've tried this approach. It usually leads to me getting slapped and told to mind my own business.

Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #18

#19
OK -- Working on it!

Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood

4 years ago #17

#14
Absolutely the point I was making. We need a Ham Radio Hive!

Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood

4 years ago #16

#17
I am on it!

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #15

Matt Sweetwood we want more articles from you ! :-) buzz on !

Virag🐝 G.

Virag🐝 G.

4 years ago #14

#8
My honor :-)

Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #13

Great story about making new friends from Matt Sweetwood

Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #12

Matt Sweetwood - After reading this, I kept thinking about my ham radio connections and how many of my "invisible" radio friends became really good "not-invisible" friends. This is what happens over the radio: A random call goes out over the radio waves. Someone answers the call. We introduce each other. We often discover we have multiple common interests besides the ham radio communication that brought us together in the first place. we go from there. . . . So, ham radio is really one of the first ways to "network" on "social media."

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

You're the man Matt Sweetwood. Your articles are always positive and informational. Affinitize!

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #10

Great article Matt Sweetwood. Nice interview with Dr. Geo and how impromptu it seems?! I love this paragraph , "On beBee, we drive connection and engagement through passions, hobbies, personal and professional interests. You can find other individuals with the same interests as you and then you can create a dialogue over that commonality. This is what we call affinity networking – a connection based on common interest." So very true!

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #9

Matt Sweetwood, It seems to me that you are a man of a few words and some great actions. It is an approach which I support. We need more professionals in various fields.

Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood

4 years ago #8

#7
And with your expert help, I can move the world.

Virag🐝 G.

Virag🐝 G.

4 years ago #7

#5
I vote for Matt Sweetwood too, as I have the privilage to see how much work he is capable of doing in a day...

Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood

4 years ago #6

#5
Thanks for the kind words!

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #5

Matt Sweetwood What a cool article ( and a stunning sunset pic as an added bonus) have to say, single father with five kids gives you my vote for father of the year!!!

Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood

4 years ago #4

#2
Thank you for your tireless support

Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood

4 years ago #3

#1
well put.. Empathy is a key to any successful human interaction.

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #2

Kudos on another excellent article, Matt. I shared on Twitter, LinkedIn, and the following hive on beBee: "Social Media" and "Social Media Marketing" and "Entrepreneurs" -- buzzing onward and upward! cc: Javier beBee

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

4 years ago #1

Thank you Matt Sweetwood for sharing your insightful post as usual. So well tainted by your relevant humanity, as the first BeBee's power in its positive and proactive interactions out the digital world. Empathy !

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