My Life is a Blur of Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools

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How many social networks and Web 2.0 tools are enough? I clearly don’t know when enough is enough. What if the one I don’t join is the one that will truly change my life/work/future?

1. Checked Twitter. This is like my first cup of coffee, standing by the watercooler, with my Twitterfriends.

2. Went to Upcoming. I was curious what kinds of conferences my friends had listed so I could consider attending a few this year.  Ended up adding a dozen new friends to my account.

3. Looked at Facebook. I wanted to see who had RSVP’d to my Second Life event and a real world event I’m promoting. I also used Evite for the real world event because the potential attendees aren’t all on Facebook.

4. Fiddled around with Netvibes. I’m still trying to make Netvibes my portal to all my email accounts, important industry news and posts on favorite blogs. Still not integrated into my workflow as I hoped.

5. Posted to HelloTxt. While I also have a account, I’m still partial to HelloTxt for broadcasting messages to relevant social networks. In this case, I was promoting my Second Life event.

6. Posted to my mommy blog. I hadn’t updated in quite a while. My personal blogs tend to suffer as I put al of my blogging energy into my pro-blogging gigs.

7. Added a few contacts on Plaxo Pulse. I’m still on the fence about the value of Plaxo, but it does send me a notice each time someone I know joins and makes it easy for me to connect with them.

8. Accepted some LinkedIn invitations. After all these years, I still love LinkedIn. It isn’t flashy and doesn’t have all the flexibility of other social networks, but my contacts are real (friends or colleagues vs. “friends” and “connections,” high-quality and willing to connect me to other high-quality contacts.

9. Checked on my Meetup Groups. I’m still paying a fee to host Meetup groups and am using it for personal and professional meetings. The site has been helpful with organizing real world events.

10. Posted to BizNik. I’m looking to do more business in Seattle because it is only a 3-hour drive from Alaska. BizNik is a vibrant social network for the self-employed, and I’ve joined the Seattle Community. This time I posted a query looking for a business plan writer for a client of mine.

11. Reviewed my Filtrbox results. In a constant effort to filter down the deluge of industry news, I’m using a combination of Google Alerts, Filtrbox and Snackr. And still…a deluge.

12. Added some friends on Just 12 seconds for a video? Harder than Twittering. But starting to use it to promote a new video microblog I’m producing with a friend. About wine. Sure, it is for business.

13. Uploaded images and video to Flickr. Attended a political rally and did a little on-the-spot documentation. Put everything on my Flickr page to share. Posted some of it to Twitter and one of my blogs.

14. Synced my iPod Touch. Having trouble getting some apps to work and getting videos to play. Syncing a few times to try to fix it.

All in a day’s work. And this is only a small glimpse.

How many social networks and Web 2.0 tools are enough? I think the main criteria for managing your social media should be asking yourself:

  • Do you get tangible, frequent benefits that translate into dollars?
  • Do they help you work more efficiently or network more efficiently?
  • Do they enhance your work and productivity or detract from it?
  • Do they reduce your feeling of isolation and connect you to the people and information you need to work better, faster, smarter?

As long as you are answering yes to all or most of the above, you should be okay. For now.

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