Review: Ecademy

Ecademy‘s self-proclaimed cause is “to build the world’s largest Trusted Business Network by connecting people to each other – enabling knowledge, contacts and opportunities to be shared for World Wide Wealth.” Started as an online extension of Thomas Power’s face-to-face networking meetings in London, it has since grown to over 14,000 members in 120 countries, although the membership is still predominantly British (over 11,000 of those 14,000 members). But if you’re interested in global networking, this is a great place to start.

The user interface will be very familiar to those tech-savvy users who are experienced with Slashdot and similar portals, but may be a bit daunting at first to the general business user. However, overcoming any initial learning curve will really pay off – Ecademy has a rich array of features, even at the free membership level. Three of the strongest features are the integrated blogging, clubs (user-formed discussion groups), and “50 Words”, a simple way members profile themselves using 50 descriptive words. Members can then find other members most like themselves based on that profile – a great way to meet interesting people — assuming you’re an interesting person!