Getting in touch with your friends, colleagues and loved ones is made easier because of Social Media and networking sites. Many enjoy the convenience of such sites to update everybody who is connected in your network about what is happening with your life or your business. With the presence of these networking sites, you can stay connected with everybody no matter how far the other person may be or no matter what time zone. Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, Myspace, Linkedln are just a few sites created for social networking. Everyday there are more sites created for the same purpose and you just can’t help but join these sites just to stay connected. Some of us are suffering from social media overload. There is way too much information out there, where do you start and how do you manage your social world?
Maintaining too many networking sites is time consuming. Let’s face it, we are busy people who have lots of things to do and spending numerous hours in updating all this sites can be demanding. However, if you are using social media sites to promote your business, it is a job that needs to be done to ensure that you will not stay out of touch. If you are participating in Social Media for your business, you may consider outsourcing social media tasks and get virtual assistants that you can pay by the hour or by the project. This is a convenient solution if you are experiencing social media overload and ensures that you will not be an outcast on the networking world.
One important question before joining a social site is to ask yourself why you are joining this site. Is it because somebody invited you to sign up or is it because you are intrigued by the services that this site offers? Another question would be what is the purpose of this site? Some sites focus on building a network for professionals liked Linkedin, some sites are great for keeping up with friends like friendster and some appeal to the youth like Myspace. Knowing the purpose and the reason why you want to join the site would narrow down the list of sites that you have to maintain and keep up with. This also serves as a guide for the content that you will have to post on each site and to avoid duplicating content.
It is also important to create boundaries for each site. It could be an awkward situation to read a comment regarding a photo and you did not intend for that person to see it. Some personal information is for you and your friends only and not for your colleagues to see and vice versa. So if you are maintaining this site for your family communication then stick to that plan and avoid posting information that is not family related. Communicating your plan for that site is also effective when it comes to sorting out who needs to belong to each site. For example, a colleague invites you to facebook but you are not comfortable sharing some personal information on facebook with colleagues, then be honest and inform your colleague why you are maintaining that site personal and invite them over to a more appropriate site.
Social networking has many benefits and could be very fun but once overloaded it could defeat your initial purpose. You do not have to be an outcast in the social media world if you know how to handle the overload. So stop stressing and gain more friends.