Wondering if freelance community / networking websites are worth the money?

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Wondering if freelance community / networking websites are worth the money?
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Has anybody ever had any real success by joining one of these types of websites?

http://www.mediabistro.com

If so, which ones are worth the time and money? It's so hard to trust the slick marketing -- especially when you're the one who designs it :)

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LinkedIn has been useful for me -- I would echo what aluminum said, that it's more about staying in touch with your work-related network, and I could directly relate using it to a couple projects I've had. I could see using this site if you were looking for a job, but it seems too overwhelming for any meaningful networking -- "media" is an enormous pool to swim in, something like Typophile would probably be more useful if you were looking to make type design contacts, for example.

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another one for the perspective dot ring collection !

http://typophile.com/node/42203

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What I've heard from everyone who ever posted on those sites, especially Craig's List, is that you never hear back from anybody ever--a waste of time. Face to face networking is what works.

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LinkedIn, IMHO, is more of a 'hey, I know you in person, let's stay in contact' type of service.

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I use LinkedIn for my resume and to generally keep my address book up to date. Facebook I use to keep in touch with people and find out which famous designer is using a bunny on a magazine cover (which absolutely made me smile!). Both are useful. I've started using Plaxo, but wonder if I'm going a bit OTT.

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Joined: 22 Jan 2004 - 4:19pm
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What about LinkedIn?

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Joined: 18 Jun 2003 - 11:00am
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Media Bistro is very big in the publishing world. It is read by a lot of book people, editors publishers, agents.

I think you have to pass a clever test in order to post there. And if you post too many boring posts you are banned.

Not a bad idea actually.

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Joined: 22 Jan 2004 - 4:19pm
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I have never used a system like this.

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Joined: 22 Mar 2004 - 3:16pm
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looks like something no client i'd like to work with would read.. nor would I care too lol.