“Check The Meme I Posted for My Work-Anniversary”
Between LinkedIn meme pages, TikTok resumes and artist-centric social media alternatives, Gen Z professional networking is more varied and niche than ever. But if you were to pull a common thread, the next-gen approach to finding future collaborators deprioritizes broad-strokes “hire-ability” in favor of showcasing the full breadth of who you are and what you’re about.
Trends across social online communities reflect a similar preference for niche, interest-specific collaboration; the rise of Discord and, to a lesser extent, Dispo are cases in point. But upcoming platforms like Somewhere Good and Muze are also reimagining social networking to have greater UI emphasis on letting each user customize their own experience and keep close community ties, rather than, say, wading through an endless scroll of potential new besties.
Both platforms have also generated hype around their launches by allowing future users to collaborate with them ahead of time; Somewhere Good soft launched by inviting its community to try its world building tool, and Muze put out an open call for icon designs.
**Pro tip** I did say “LinkedIn memes.” Gen Zers are, indeed, pros at making any online platform work for them. And though Substack newsletter culture remains largely a Millennial territory, Gen Zers have embraced the form with signature spin—and the newsletters they’re writing are worth hitting the subscribe button. The Lemonade Stand, founded by a 16 year old who lives in a “hacker house” in San Francisco, sends out startup playbooks catered to teens. And Zellinals, the oft-forgotten early-to-mid ’90s babies (“the Gen X of Gen Z,” if you will) have turned to newsletters for dating, which is a collaboration… of a sort.