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Tech professionals get their own social network

There’s Facebook, there’s LinkedIn, there’s Google + and now there is Solaborate. This is the newly launched social networking site dedicated to technology professionals. Early this month, the beta version of social networking service was launched, with USD 1million as seed funding from angel and individual investors.

So how is this different from the existing networking site for professionals? The company claims it to be the first professional social networking platform that enables technology professionals and companies to connect, collaborate and create an ecosystem around products and services. Labinot Bytyqi, founder and CEO of Solaborate, said, “We are building a community around products and services, all in one dedicated place for technology professionals.” Solaborate enables users to instantly connect, discover and follow other technology professionals, companies, products and services. They can also access knowledge, search and apply for jobs and opportunities, provide commentary, preview product demos, and more.

The unique selling proposition is that professionals who network over this platform can do so in real time. “There are a lot of places on the internet where you can share information or network with others, but you can’t collaborate in real time,” he added. Solaborate has some interesting tools that will allow the tech professionals to collaborate in real time — both internally and externally — and solve business problems. Tech professionals can now post questions, share documents and presentations, chat, video conference, and provide best practices, all within the platform.

What we find interesting are features like Chat & Video for instant communication, Q&A section for quick problem solving, Demos which allow the companies and individuals to showcase their products and services by creating multimedia demo kits in their profile pages. Avid bloggers can create their own blogs to share ideas and thoughts with their community. Users can also join or develop user groups where they can share content and participate in discussions.

In developing this Bytyqi has taken best from each of the popular social networking sites and added few new services. He said as much, “By incorporating the best of social media, then taking it a step further, Solaborate makes it easy to share relevant content from a central platform with peers, colleagues, vendors and customers.”

The site has been built on Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing, HTML5, WebSockets and WebRTC protocol for real time communication. Solaborate’ s web-based interface also integrates with existing social media channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.