How do YOU manage your Online/Social Media presence?

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I read the above question as the title for a Forum topic, and I got excited


I’d expected some great answers to this challenge . . . but it turned out to be merely the question.


So I reasoned that I ought to spend a minute or two developing a workable strategy.

Read on for the “magical” answer.

But, first, how do YOU manage your Online/Social Media presence?

Pick one or two responses if they apply:

A. “I don’t.”

B. “Hey, that’s why I linked to this post.”

C. “I stay up late at night to go through the day’s email, RSS feeds, network friend requests, etc. etc. etc.”

D. “I go to sleep early so I can get up at 5 a.m. (or thereabouts) to do what Responder C [above] does.”

E. “I just DO IT!”

F.  “I have a regular To Do List that I follow regularly.”

Basically, all of those responses could apply to me, but the last one — Response F — is the one that I suspect would work the best.

So I’m going to imagine an ideal Social Media Regimen:

1. Devote ONE HOUR in the morning. If that means going to sleep earlier, so be it.

2. Check email for action-required messages, i.e., work-related or family requests.

3. Keep jokes and noncritical email for some other time.

4. Select one or two blog posts [either because the title is intriguing or the poster him/herself typically has insightful things to say]: then READ and COMMENT.

5. If time, go to (a) Twitter/FriendFeed, followed by (b) Facebook, followed by (c) LinkedIn and WRITE AN UPDATE.

6. Finally, read through Tweets and other platform updates and COMMENT and send DMs.

Oh, only if the World were So Perfect!

Does a “plan” like what I’ve suggested work for any of you?

Do you have a different one?

What ONE TIP would you offer me and others about making the most of your Online/Social Media presence?

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   1 July 2009
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Jul 3, 2009
1:56 am
#1 Bernadette Tanguilig :

In a perfect world, managing my online presence would require no effort. An algorithm that could decipher what information from my website (where I do all my updates) to the appropriate social media cite (where I am registered) would be AWESOME.

Jul 6, 2009
4:08 pm
#2 Thomas Watanapun :

YES! If only the world were this perfect—where plans are executed perfectly!

A plan like the one above is a great way to encourage yourself to stick with a plan, but we all know it’s highly unlikely that people stick to the plan.

Instead of having a strict plan, I tend to be reminded before bed to get on the computer and manage my social media sources by at least reading a couple blogs. If a topic interests me enough, I comment on it. With emails and such, I check for them regularly throughout the day.

The advice I would give about managing social media presence is to understand that their social media presence determines their future relationships with other people. The more work you put into making your presence known and widespread, the more chances you will have to create relationships and connections.

Jul 8, 2009
9:38 pm
#3 Frank Zhang :

There should be no effort into managing your online/social media preference as everyone has their own ways of managing, and each individual way is usually effortless as they are in their own comfort zone. Personally I have a regular “To Do List” that I follow regularly. I put the most important things first, such as checking my email and replying them and leaving the social media sites last.

But with technology advancing faster and faster, soon managing these things will no longer be a task as wireless mobile will take over the managing process.

Jul 10, 2009
4:15 am
#4 Fikreslassie Tesfa :

With a click of a mouse we can do anything without putting a lot of effort. Have you guys ever thought about going to the gym and lifting 100 pounds of weight for 5 minutes? It is hard. But taking your time and managing the social media will not take more than 5 minutes if you are really busy. Social media is the future whether you like to manage it or not. Therefore, lets get on the band wagon and ride.

Jul 10, 2009
10:05 am
#5 Rick Zhu :

I managed my online media such as XiaoNei(Chinese Facebook) first thing in the morning and it will take me about 5-10 minutes. I might get on it again sometimes during the day only if i have lots of thing to do. I will take another 10-20 minutes to take care the replies before i go to sleep. I use the same procudures for Emails but usually takes less time.

Jul 10, 2009
9:42 pm
#6 sharisax :

Nicky Jameson posted an article in —- She includes a host of “less known” social media sites to try out.

Jul 29, 2009
2:57 am
#7 Alisa :

When I have my PDA phone, I manage my entire social media/online while I am taking the bus to school.

I use my phone extensively because it is like a mini laptop on the go. The phone provides updates alert, e-mail alert and 24/7 internet access where ever I go. I can type in twitter, facebook, MySpace and other social media sites. I love using twitter on my phone because my friends and I share experiences online while experiencing it at the same time.

However the online service comes with a expensive price. That’s probably the only con about the way I manage my online presence.

Jul 31, 2009
4:26 pm
#8 Caroll Vongsouthi :

In a perfect world, this might be more reachable be most days during the school year it’s hard to find even an hour of time to do something for myself. And I’m a girl who likes my sleep so waking up early might be difficult. But I’m game to try anything and always up for a challenge so I’ll try it when school starts. I’ll let know when and you can read about in my blog

My plan is to not put so much time into one social media platform. I’m on facebook the most, why? because it probably takes less effort. So I plan to lessen the time on facebook and explore other social media tools.

My one advice to you is about #3. I would not save it for some other time. Sometimes a funny email can help break up the daily routine and give you a good laugh =)

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