How to Stop Social Media Taking Over Your Day by Chris Garrett
(1) Only share what is safe to share – Once you connect to people outside your close friends and family you need to restrict the information you place in these networks. If in doubt, keep it to yourself.
(2) Observe before following.
(3) If people are taking too much of your time, drop them, and do not feel any guilt about it. There are no rules that say you have to follow everyone who follows you!
(4) Pick your venues and do not try to be active in all of them.
(5) Do not take part in time-wasting activities, such as quizzes and zombie games.
(6) Set Social Media time and log off when that time is over.
(7) Grow your network selectively and steadily – Learn how much activity you can manage.
(8) Use tools where appropriate.
Ten Causes of Social Media Meltdown by Doc Nicole Sundene
Since an “Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” according to my favorite Chinese proverb, let’s take a little look at the Top Ten Causes of Social Media Meltdown:
(1) IM Invasion – out of all the social networking options out there this one can be the most repeatedly invasive and most bloggers in need of accomplishing daily internet tasks will need to set strict boundaries for IM.
(2) Over-stumbling – it just isn’t good to spend more than an hour a day stumbling. How to use stumbleupon effectively
(4) Facebook Freaks Freaking You Out – This is a great way to network, strengthen your brand with a fan page and utilize Blog Networks for free advertising. It is great to find like minded individuals, and further connect with favorite blogging friends. But Facebook is also a dating site and thus a fantastic way to invite hecklers, pessimists and stalkers in to your vortex. I don’t hesitate to delete and block anyone that even slightly gives me a bad vibe on Facebook.
(5) Digging in a Vacuum – The biggest mistake I see most newbie bloggers make when they get on Digg is to submit their own content. You need a network of friends to use Digg effectively. The importance of mutual friends on Digg
(6) Digging Your Blog Away – Overdigging is the best way to seriously burn out a seasoned blogger. How to use Digg effectively
(7) Forum Attackathon – Have you ever started what you thought might be a friendly or informative discussion to promote an article, and then returned to find people completely attacking you? Yikes! Such negativity can be extremely harsh on your brand or personal reputation, and the scariest part is that it is now recorded on the internet for all of eternity. When a friendly debate turns ugly and immature it is best for your brand to just walk away.
(8) Letting Gossip Suck you Dry – gossip is a great red flag waved above the exact people you should always be out to avoid anyways.
(9) Commenting till the Cows Come Home – The most efficient system is to comment on the blogs that leave comments for you, as well as your favorite blogs within your niche. If you find yourself with nothing to say on a blog, just move on and leave a comment next time.
(10) Trying to keep up with the Joneses – the best way to keep things in a state of balance is to adopt a thorough and consistent social media system.
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Time management tools – Page addict – firefox extension- Pageaddict is a Firefox extension that will remember how much time you spend on each web site during the day. It allows you to “tag” each site and restrict how much time you spend on sites with a given tag.
(1) Do you agree or disagree with the points Chris and Doc Nicole make?
(2) What is your strategy for effectively using the time you spend to promote your blog(s)?
(3) Have you created a social media strategy to insure that the time you spend on all social media networking sites is effectively used?
(3) Do you have any social media time management tips to share?
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