In this post, I am contrasting my two social learning networks. A visual representation of my Linkedin network(s) is above. It was created by using Linkedin maps. http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/
Below we have my visual representation of my Facebook network(s). It was created by using TouchGraph app at Facebook.
In brief, the common bond is English: we are all involved, directly or indirectly, with the teaching and learning of English.
Both networks were unplanned. They came about in a spontaneous fashion. With Linkedin, I can honestly say that the connections I have are related to personal interests I have, outside of my English teacher “persona”, which resulted in my either asking to establish a connection or accepting one that had been requested of me.
In conclusion, both types of networks are valuable. that is to say, it is important to stay current, up-to-date wiwth what is happening in your career field. I feel this is best done by connecting with members within your career field. Yet connectivism also recognizes the value in multidisciplinary knowledge, in recognizing patterns and relevant areas in which knowledge is distributed across networks.
To conclude, if we are to fully tap into the networks of knowledge that exist, then the implication is one that I illustrate here, namely, having both resonant and non-resonant learning networks.