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I started communicating online way back when the internet was just kicking off. During my senior years at school I used to spend hours on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), no doubt much to my parents dismay.

After leaving school, I got disconnected from the online world for quite a few years. When Facebook came along my love of online community was rekindled. I really enjoy connecting with old friends and like minded people, sharing information, experiences and usually a few giggles.

Blogging was a natural progression for me and I have been doing it for about 18 months. It was a huge learning curve but one thing that really took a long time to get my head was the wider world of social media.

Many of my friends and family think I spend my entire life glued to my iPhone or computer immersed in the land of social networking. Admittedly, I do spend a fair bit of time faffing around my fave online haunts but it may surprise them to realise I have quite a reserved approach to social media. Being a consummate procrastinator as I am, social media can be a dangerous distraction!

In case you are anything like me, I wanted to share a few things I’ve found helpful when navigating the online world. They may sound simple enough but they can save you a lot of time (I wish I had done many of them from the start!) :

1. Think about what you want to get out of your social media experience

Are you logging on just for fun and networking? Are you promoting a business or blog? Do you want to share your amazing photography skills with the world?  Most importantly how much of your precious time do you want to spend maintaining your social media presence to achieve your goals.

2. Do your homework 

When you StumbleUpon references to people Tweeting, Instagraming, Linking in or Pinning, it can send you into a Tumble until you feel like Flicking it all and Klouting yourself on the head.

There are SO MANY social networking channels out there. Probably many I haven’t even heard of. Do a little research and find out which ones align with your goals. Don’t be scared to talk to other bloggers or businesses to see what works for them.

3. Multitask

It took me a while to realise this was even possible (I can be a little slow on the uptake) but many social media platforms have built in functionality to post to other applications, for example Instagram posts can be shared on Twitter and Facebook via the app itself. There are also multifunctional programs like TweetDeck and Hootsuite available to help save time when using social media.

4.  Do what works for you

It can be really tempting to sign up to every social media platform you get an invite for or hear people refer too.  But trust me, overload is a real danger! As I mentioned earlier, I’m easily distracted by bright shiny things and interesting links, getting swept away for hours on end. I found a rather helpful post on avoiding social media overload here.

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My personal strategy has been to put my social media blinkers on and focus on the few networking tools I like and am familiar with. I only use 3 social media platforms regularly – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I love Facebook because it has a real sense of community where I can share my posts, pictures and questions very easily  through my blog fan page (or through my personal page) all via an app on my iPhone.

Similarly, I find Instagram a wonderful way of connecting and sharing through photographs. Even if I don’t always have time to read every blog post, I’ve gotten to know so many blogging friends much better by getting insight into their lives through the images they share on Instagram.

Twitter doesn’t really do much for me, I find it too random and fast-paced. I do, however, understand the value of having a presence on Twitter in respect to promoting my blog and likewise, I have come across some really interesting and entertaining posts there.  I generally post on Twitter via Facebook or Instagram and do a quick scroll through occasionally. However I predominately rely on email notifications to alert me to any mentions or direct messages that I need to respond to.

5. Have fun!!

I think this is the absolute key to social media, especially if you are using it for…well, social reasons!!

Sometimes you can find yourself lost in the literal web the the internet and the world of social media weaves. I know if I’m starting to feel overwhelmed, stressed or anxious about anything that is happening in relation to social networking (or my blog) then I know I  simply need to step back and revisit point #1.

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23 Responses to A NeeSayer’s Guide to Managing Social Media

  1. A great article. Very helpful. I am still trying to get an understanding of all the platforms available. I have decided to focus on 3 for now and I my hit the some others later. :) Rachel x
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  2. Great post Nee. It’s a tricky gig this social media thing. I’m still trying to get a grasp on things. In some respects it’s a neccessary evil.
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    • Née Say says:

      Thanks Trudie. Amazing how the world used to function fine without all this social media but now it’s hard to imagine life without it?

  3. Ai Sakura says:

    Great tips Née! :) I was hooked on IRC too and actually thought then when I grew up, I would still be chatting in a channel with friends in the luxury of my own home office, w/o my parents nagging me to get off! :p
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  4. Jess says:

    Good tips Née. I use the three platforms you use as well. Although I actually prefer twitter when it’s Pumping, I don’t use it very often because it is a huge time waster. I limit my time and just enjoy it when I can.
    Now, off to check Facebook…. ;)
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  5. Great post. I’m not much of a Twitterer…er, either. I find it very hard to feel like I am actually connecting, though I do share my posts on there. I cringe to think what other SM will come our way and how I will keep up!
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  6. BossyMummy says:

    Good points. I have plans to get more into fb and twitter, but I was waiting for my blog makeover which seems never ending. We didn’t have computers fo uni. We certainly didnt have the Internet. I got one in my last year for ‘word processing’. God I am old!!!

    #teamIBOT

  7. MsMandie says:

    Really informative Nee. I am about to get Twitter up and running for my blog. I just need a few hours to sit down and do it!
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    • Née Say says:

      Thanks Mandie. Twitter is great for promoting posts and if I had the time I would probably really get into it but I’ve found now that I follow so many people it’s impossible to keep track of anything! But then I’m very easily distracted ;)

  8. Good tips, I limit myself to three as well. Love twitter but agree it can be a time waster and instagram is terribly addictive at times too :)
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  9. Jenn says:

    I primarily use twitter, facebook and instagram too, but also have a Path account, which just has family and a few close friends attached to it. Path also allows posting to twitter and facebook. I deliberately haven’t looked at any of the other platforms because I don’t need any more distractions!!
    Thanks for the post :) Happy IBOT
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  10. Fabulous advice!!! Love this post!! I have taken notes!

    #teamIBOT
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  11. Great post – agree 100% Like you I focus on facebook where I do feel a community sense as twitter moves way too fast for me (i want to comment and then realise it is from 3 hours ago which is too long in twitter-time LOL)
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  12. Great tips Née. In my former life as a virtual assistance, social media strategy was one of my main focuses. And you are so right, there is too much out there, so narrowing down your focus is the most important thing x
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