Time Savers for Social Media Part II
By Natalie Conrad on July 05, 2011
In Part I of Time Savers for Social Media we looked at the advantages and disadvantages, now what can we do about it? How about findings ways to save time?
- Be clear about what you are using social media for and do not waiver from it
- Limit the number of ways you will interact with social media; only have 2 or 3 sites that you are really active on (unless you hire a VA to help)
- Be selective when choosing “friends”; “Un-follow” or remove subscriptions/people that don’t add value anymore
- Don’t play the games that are made available on the social media sites
Use a timer
This is another way to set a boundary. Give yourself permission to spend "x" minutes on social media per day. Use a timer to keep you from spending too much time there.
Learn to use some of the social media tools.
Here is a short list of some of the tools available, there are many more with dozens being added daily. Do a search on these tools (or others like it) and figure out what will work best for you.
- RSS Feeds - brings updates from all your favorite blogs and websites into one place to view when you are ready
- YouTube - create a "channel" and subscribe or save certain videos there that interest you
- Hootsuite - allows you to connect to multiple social networks and post your comments from one place and allows you to post comments for future dates as well
- Tweetdeck - similar to Hootsuite
- Ping.fm - posts content to all the social media sites you use from just one location
- LastPass - secure online place for all of your passwords, can also fill in forms with your standard information
All the best,
Speaker and Organizing Coach