Exchanging ideas and information with your peers is a great way to keep up to date in your subject and improve your research skills.
Social media, email discussion lists and other online collaboration tools are a great way to communicate with other researchers and experts in your field.
Some excellent examples include:
Vitae Community - join this online network for members to share practice, discuss the latest policy implications, innovate, and collaborate.
JISCmail - the leading discussion list service for the academic community in the UK.
There are a number of blogs and Twitter feeds you might find useful to follow. Some examples include: