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LinkedIn and Technical Writers

30th May 2012 Posted in Blog, Social Media, Technology & Tools 5 Comments
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LinkedIn already has established that it’s the place for professionals to meet and greet each other, but does this mean anything to the technical writer? ¬†Absolutely. ¬†When creating a document or a user manual, a technical writer can reach out to any one of the many groups of writers on LinkedIn, possibly to learn more about the subject, but more often than not to improve their documentation delivery.

LinkedIn Groups for Technical Writers

Some of the technical writing related groups on LinkedIn include:

  • Technical Writer of Writers – “All Technical Writers are invited to this Community, They can share their experience and blog some posts regarding Technical Writing. You can share your experience and knowledge of your work experience.”
  • U.S. Technical Writers – A place where technical writers from around the United States can gather to learn more about their work and their market.
  • Technical Writer Forum – “A forum to discuss trends and issues affecting Technical Writers and the technical communications world.”

Whether a technical writer signs up for these groups and uses them frequently or only uses them once in a while, they can become valuable places for networking and information sharing.

After all, the more places you can go to ask questions about a technical document, a new approach, how best to document something, and anything else you may need to deal with, the better for both you and the technical writing profession as a whole.

The fact that most groups also offer jobs for technical writers shouldn’t be overlooked either. A strong LinkedIn profile with solid recommendations can give you a definite leg up when looking for work.

As a technical writer, information developer, etc., which LinkedIn groups have you found most useful and why? Please leave a comment.

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  1. By Jenny Stewarton 31st, May 2012 at 7:57 am

    As a technical writer I know how much responsibility one has to take on his shoulder when it comes to produce quality content. Each and every content has to be unique, correct and relevant to the product or business for which you are writing for. What is important is that writers should stay updated on all the latest changes in the field of technical writing before he starts any project. To know more, he can join a technical writers’ forum.

  2. By Bobon 31st, May 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’m wondering, though, what’s the best way to learn about a highly technical subject matter in a quick manner? I write technical client communications for a vendor and find it extremely difficult to write the documentation when I don’t know the systems all that well. I’m learning through demos and other Learning tools, but it’s taking forever to learn because there is not formal training on the software and technology and I’ve been learning as I go, but certainly not as quickly as I’d like. Any suggestions on how to get up to speed quicker? what have you found to be useful in your quest to understand technology, software, hardware, etc. that you do technical writing about?

  3. By editoron 31st, May 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Bob – in my own experience, other than straight from the horse’s mouth, online is the best and fastest resource so long as you’re mindful of the source. You can also check with your SMEs to find out about trustworthy resources they use. Sources like have tons of mini-courses online on a wide range of tech topics.

  4. By Shauna McGee Kinneyon 7th, July 2012 at 1:50 am

    I find my best small-business clients by attending software developer meetings and through networking with business services like attorneys and accountants Staffing agencies have provided me with great team-experiences on corporate projects.

    My specialties are web content management, business writing and software training development. LinkedIn has been great for keeping in touch with existing or past clients, but I have been under-impressed with the quality of the new people I’ve networked with in LinkedIn.

    Finding new clients and fellow vendors on LinkedIn who are ready to take action and can be trusted is time consuming. I’ve offered voice and video calls after a volley of text message. Numerous times, the new person texts me back stating the suggested project seems to be postponed, or there are other barriers that prevent the voice or video communication.

    Prior to LinkedIn, I always called and met with clients or agencies prior to and during projects. I feel there is still some next-step beyond text messages, forums and groups that is needed in social media systems for business. I look forward to being part of the evolution of online networking!

  5. By editoron 7th, July 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for your comment and insights, Shauna. In-person networking still works for many.

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