Organize Your Social Networks!
By Sarah C. Close
Let’s be honest: Facebook is only personal to a point.
There are a few ways I tackle friend overload:
Pull a Ross-n-Rachel. You’re just taking a break. When you deactivate your account, your content remains intact. You’ll appear as though you’ve disappeared from Facebook. Then you’ll pop on and off when you feel like it, making it easy to digest Facebook at your own pace, and also freaking out a number of people who’ll wonder why their friend counts are going up and down all the time. The downside, though? You’ll also be revealing your inability to manage social media.
Prune. Yes, just de-friend people. It happens. One day you’re friends with someone, the next you’re not. And you know she didn’t just deactivate her account, because she still shows up on another friend’s page. This is rough -- and I know I’d never be able to do it. But you have to decide who’s really worth your time and then be willing to accept the consequences face-to-face.
Make lists! I told my husband that my obsession with making lists would pay off, and I was right (as usual). Facebook friend lists are a simple way to compartmentalize connections into groups you can manage. And I’m not just talking about managing newsfeeds annoyingly littered with application announcements. Lists also help you easily control how you display information to particular groups, specifically through your privacy settings. (Don’t know how to manage friend lists? Here’s the lowdown straight from Facebook).
For me, the key to using social media is first understanding what you want from it and then learning how it works so you can get what you want. If you want to have your friends and shun them too, it pays to know your options.
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Sarah C. Close is a mom and tech blogger who lives in Texas. She blogs for the parenting site SouthlakeMoms.com
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