A colleague at another Subject Centre put me onto academia.edu last week – basically its social networking specifically for academics, without all the junk that comes with Facebook. If you’re not familiar with it, its a nice looking site. You can specify and search for other people by their research interests. There’s space to upload and link to papers, share a cv, and so on. The range of research interests looks a bit limited and rather arbitrary, but I haven’t really checked out whether there are ways of personalising or extending the categories. I’m going to give it a try for a while, see how it works.