Academia.edu is a little bit Facebook and a little bit Twitter, but completely focused on helping connect you with people who are conducting research in your field and keeping up with the current research trends. When you sign up for a free account it also gives you your own academic web page. Here’s the example for the About page at Academia.edu: http://oxford.academia.edu/RichardPrice
Academia.edu is for current graduate and doctoral learners, faculty, department members, and post-doctoral. So get started today and see what you think, using your quarter break to get your account rolling. Follow and be followed by researchers with similar research interests. It’s not only a networking opportunity but allows you to ensure you’re current with the trends and research in your field!