Recently, two of my favorite bloggers posted tips on how they handle social media overload.
Naomi Bloom also write an excellent post about her experiences with social media called Reflections Of A Digital Immigrant Gone Semi-Native: An Embarrassment Of Riches where she let us know she is going to set aside Facebook and limit the number twitter followers to keep from being overwhelmed.
I’d like to add on to these wonderful suggestions and offer up my own secret for keeping up with the firehose of social media information. What’s my secret, you ask? I steal…time. There, I said it. I steal time. When I am sitting in a conference room waiting for a meeting to start, standing in line waiting to board an airplane, waiting for my mocha at the local coffee shop or walking across the office building, I steal that time and catch up on social media. I’m sure by now you have figured out my secret weapon for stealing time and that weapon is my iPhone. The iPhone has native applications for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and email and with mobile Safari and the Google Reader iPhone mobile website, I can breeze through my blog roll. But wait there’s more. The iPhone also has several native applications to manage your blog while on the go. When I steal time for Twitter, my favorite application is TweetDeck. With the iPhone TweetDeck application, I am able to automatically sync my TweetDeck groups between my desktop and iPhone. When on the go and stealing time, being able to selectively view tweets via TweetDeck is a must for me. Did I mention that Google Reader mobile website for the iPhone is amazing?
Stuck on network other than AT&T? Hate the iPhone (for some inexplicable reason). Can’t be separated from your Blackberry or Android phone? Never fear. So long as you use smart phone that has a fast 3G data connection with the ability to download native social media programs, you too can steal time.
Okay, let review. YOU too can steal time for social media by:
- Acquiring a smart phone such as an iPhone, Android device, Palm Pre or Blackberry
- Downloading native Social Media applications for sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
- Downloading native applications to manage your Blog
- Configuring access to all your email accounts via the built in email application
- Bookmarking the mobile Google Reader site
Oh, one last thing. I’m not going to go into any details here but you might want to read this blog post of mine about a particular place to steal time.
I know there are probably a ton of other ideas out there so please leave a comment and tell me how you steal time for social media.