This guide covers these aspects of getting yourself known, i.e. enhancing your research profile:
You may wish to enhance your research profile by joining an online academic network, i.e. a social networking site with a scholarly focus.
Academic social networking websites are free tools which enable academics and students within and across institutions to connect with each other in a shared research area, to share ideas, citations and documents, and to work collaboratively.
They are more specialized in focus than the familiar Facebook; for example, academia.edu is aimed at the academic community, while LinkedIn is an international business and career orientated social networking site.
Note that their usefulness depends on the size and quality of the user base, and be aware that they can change in popularity and use: some decline or disappear altogether, while others are available long term and increase their membership.
The following sections provide more information about some specific academic networks.