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    Social Media for Facility Managers Series – Post 2

    Kaitlan Whitteberry

    Social Media for Facility Managers Series – Post 2Our topic this week is LinkedIn Groups. LinkedIn is the fastest growing social media platform, with two new users joining every second, and over 80% of users belonging to at least one group. 

    The best LinkedIn Groups for facility managers

    There are many groups on LinkedIn that are designed for facility managers! Here you can find links to educational articles, promotions from FM providers, and posts from FM thought leaders. You can even post articles you want to share with other group members. Here are a few of our favorites that we think every FM should follow.

    Critical Facility Management

    3,500 members | Created July 2008

    If you are involved in Building / Facilities Management for data centers, this group is for you. CFM members post anything from outdoor maintenance tips to sustainability measures.

    Facilities Management Association

    9,500 members | Created October 2009

    The purpose of FMA's group is to conduct polls, along with director general blogs and to create a general discussion area for the FMA members. FMA also notes on their group profile that they want to foster relationships with other councils, associations, institutes and the media. The group strives to provide a young managers recognition program to encourage university / high school students to pursue a career in facilities management.

    Facilities Management Group

    30,000 members | July 2008

    The Facilities Management Group serves the professional needs of Facility Management professionals. It promotes the common interests of its members, exchanging of thoughts and ideas, continuing education, and seeks to improve understanding of the role of facilities management professionals.

    Facility Space Planning and Space Management

    500 members | December 2011

    This open forum and networking group is intended to provide a means for the discussion of policy, processes, best practices, designs, and technology for maximizing facility and real estate portfolio space utilization, productivity, and cost efficiency.

    IFMA Group

    26,000 members | October 2007

    IFMA is the largest, most widely recognized association for facility management, with more than 22,500 members worldwide. Members are represented in 130 chapters and 17 councils. The IFMA group is designed as a sharing platform between members for interesting industry news, credential information, product announcements, webinars and thought leader posts.

    Integrated Facility Management

    10,000 members | October 2008

    This group is for exchanging Integrated Facility Management knowledge, tips, jobs, career, questions and answers on a Global level. 
The group's noted keywords are: Integrated Facility Management, Real Estate, Cleaning, Catering, Energy, Maintenance, Pest Control, Landscaping, Janitorial, Health Safety & Environment, Security, Reception, Office Supplies, Property Management, Waste Management, and Security.

    Integrated Workplace Management Systems

    1,500 members | December 2008

    IWMS is the #1 online community for Facility Management and Real Estate professionals who are passionate about Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM). This group is designed for networking, sharing of articles, and beginning discussions in the field of IWMS.

    Property and Facility Management Innovators

    7,000 members | March 2009

    Property Manager and Facility Manager Professionals and the vendors that serve the industry are welcomed by this group to share innovative ideas on methods, practices, products, technologies, web tools, software ad new innovative concepts for the professional Property Manager and Facility Manager. The group is a grassroots effort to pull people together and promote discussion. The group leaders believe members can "join forces".

    Workplace Technology Solutions

    1,500 members | January 2010

    Workplace Technology Solutions' group combines the dynamic Corporate Real Estate / Facilities Management sector and the technology required for it to be successful. The focus of the group is to provide an environment for expert collaboration that aid members in creating sustainable relationships and valuable results. They also recommend members join their subgroups specific to their interest including: Effective Reporting, Process Engineering, AutoCAD Management, Business Strategy and IWMS/CAFM Solutions.

    iOffice News

    31 members | March 2013

    We have just started our own group for FM professionals! We post news articles from our site, upcoming webinar registrations, product updates, and industry topics for discussion. We encourage engagement and submission of postings, as we would love to hear what you have to share!

    This is just a brief list of groups that can provide facility managers with essential tips and industry information that can help them succeed in their field. There are many more groups and subgroups (a smaller platform off of one group) that are designed for specific building types and pertain to various industries. Use this as a starting platform to find groups that you find the most value in.

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    Kaitlan Whitteberry

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Kaitlan Whitteberry

    Kaitlan Whitteberry is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Missouri's journalism program, and currently focuses on iOFFICE press releases, software updates and related news.

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