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July 29, 2014

Facilities management and social media – who to read and follow?

In any industry that changes as rapidly as facilities management, it is vital to keep track of the latest news and developments. In the “old days,” traditional media would be the first source of information for many FM professionals. While they still exist and continue to be relevant, social media have partially replaced print as the primary source of industry news. LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogs are the first platforms to identify and report on developments.

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The downside is that there are so many of them, it can be difficult to separate the useful sources from the others. Therefore, we have compiled a short list of LinkedIn groups, Twitter profiles, and blogs that can help you to get industry-specific news and best practices.

LinkedIn
Facilities Management Professionals International
Professionals from around the world share their latest news and insights with peers.
36,000+ members

Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management Professionals
A discussion board for real estate and FM topics with members around the world.
22,500+ members

Information Facilities Management Network
The i-FM LinkedIn group is mainly focused on the UK market, but also offers news, views, insights and ideas for international professionals.
4,000+ members

Facilities Management Group
This group promotes the common interests of its members and works to improve understanding of the role of facilities management professionals.
56,000+ members

Twitter
@FMForum
Tweets for Senior FM & Procurement professionals to source service providers and to understand the FM Industry.
Followers: 2,000+

@ThisWeekinFM
An online news service for corporate real estate, support services and facilities professionals.
Followers: 1,000

@TFMTweets
Today’s Facility Mgr keeps facility management professionals up-to-date on the latest practices, products and services in the field.
Followers: 3,000+

@TheFMJ
The official magazine from the International Facility Management Association (@IFMA).
Followers: 3,000

You can also follow these hashtags to find related discussions on Twitter:
#BIM
#CAFM
#IWMS
#facilitiesmanagement

Blogs
FacilityBlog – Today’s Facility Manager
FacilityBlog was the first blog for facility managers in 2005, and still going strong – covering all things facility management.

Blog FMJ – Facility Management Journal Magazine Blog
The official blog of the IFMA.

FM Guru Blog
Martin Picard is the founder of FM Guru Consultancy & Training. On this blog, he shares insights and top tips.

Facilities blog | FM World
Hosted by the British Institute of Facilities Management, Facilities blog shares the latest news and developments in the market.

Our channels
Planon also manages a LinkedIn Group and @Planon_US Twitter account. On this blog, we will continue sharing our views of the industry with all facilities management and real estate professionals.

This list is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg. If you have other recommendations, please add them in the comments.

Paul Raybould
Former Global Online Marketeer