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Nov 16 2009

Next from UBM: the Building Network

BuildingNetworkHaving seen UBM sister publication Property Week establish an online community in September, Building magazine has followed suit, with The Building Network, also hosted on the Ning platform.

I discovered this after noticing some familiar-sounding links on Twitter. What used to be a flow of news headlines and job vacancies from @BuildingSite now appears to include a stream of re-Tweeted activity updates from Building‘s new network (I know the Ning-based AECnetwork, founded by John Cave, employs the same technique – Be2camp has so far resisted this temptation).

The Building Network doesn’t yet have the array of groups or features of the Property Week site (just one group – Building Sustainability – and yet the events listing which makes up most of the current home page omits UBM’s December online event Sustainability Now!), but this may be due to its relative youth. By 1pm today, it had accumulated 43 members (Property Week‘s community, by the way, has now grown to 203).

I now belong to at least six Ning-based AEC-oriented communities, and know of others who subscribe to more than that. I generally find it a good platform, but I wish I could share my profile details across multiple sites so that I don’t have to repeatedly enter separate profiles or publish separate status updates. As the number of such networks grows and as more and more industry professionals begin to join, I am sure I won’t be the only one frustrated by this.

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