When it comes to the professional world many people are wondering what social media websites will be the most beneficial for them to join. With social media exploding it’s hard to keep up with sites, and even harder to know which can actually benefit you in your profession. I am a member of several different social media sites and I find positives and negatives to all of them. In my opinion LinkedIn is the best professional social media website. I enjoy LinkedIn because it’s simple and not messy. LinkedIn allows you to have one profile picture, a little bio about yourself and then most importantly your resume. This is important in the professional world because it makes it easier for companies to reach you by surfing the web, instead of the traditional way. LinkedIn is a safe website in a professional aspect because it allows you to brand yourself with out giving too much away about your personal life. This is important to people like myself, because I know when I first joined Facebook and Twitter, I didn’t join them thinking that I could use them in my professional life someday. Luckily, I have always been someone who tries to filter what I put on my profiles and what I allow others to see that way I won’t be affected negatively in the future. Today, profiles on websites such as Facebook and Twitter can help your professionally as well, you just have to make sure you keep your privacy and remember to filter what’s appropriate and inappropriate. Profiles such as Facebook and Twitter allow you to follow company pages, in some cases “like” company pages so that you can follow what that company is doing. Some company profiles will post up job opportunities or follow you back because of interests or “hashtags” you may talk about on your profile. With the way social media is expanding today and in the future I think many people will be jumping on the bandwagon to join sites. This means that you must position yourself professionally to stand out, in order to keep up with the competition.