Using Social Media Platforms Only For What They’re Best At

SMM-Confusion1I recently had a massive purge of ‘friends’ on Facebook because I’m tired of getting sucked into reading about things I’m not remotely interested in. Facebook is addictive – and the only way to fight addiction is to control it. Going one step further, I want to use various social platforms for only what I see is most beneficial to me. So from now on, you can expect to me online in the following places for the following reasons:

Facebook – strictly for communicating with close (real world friends – i.e I physically see them at least once a year) and family*
Twitter – this is the only place I will actively network with people and organisations I don’t know personally. If I have interesting news or tidbits, I will most likely share them here.
Flickr – will become my home for any photos I take, whether it be with my phone, or new camera. May occasionally share some of these photos with Twitter and Facebook manually.
Github – any code I create that I’m happy to share with the world will be found here.
Soundcloud – any music I make will end up here (again only if I’m happy to share it)
Spotify – if you wanna send me a tune, feel free, I’ll take a listen…
Skype
 – If I’m online, I will be on Skype. This is by far the quickest way to get in touch with me
This site – for anything much longer that 140 characters, it will appear on this blog.

That’s it! It may still seem like a lot, but I’m only using each network for a specialised function. I think that a lot of new social networks that pop up everyday don’t offer anything new, and just suck your productivity away. All the links for these accounts are in the header of my website above.

Some networks that didn’t make the cut:

Instagram – poor quality photos that I can post on Flickr anyway now and I don’t have many connections here anyway.
Google+ – again not many connections and although it has some nice features like the communities, it’s not worth my time sharing stuff to it.
LinkedIn – my profile will remain, but I’m not going to actively participate anymore.
Many more – I no longer interact with a lot of other services that I’ve probably forgotten the login for anyway. I will close these down as and when I come across them again.

I will be retreating from these networks over the next month.

What are the benefits of reducing the networks you involve yourself with?

  1. Less likelyhood of identity theft (especially if you sever all cross-pollination plugins that post facebook messages to twitter etc etc).
  2. Less services to feel compelled to check and interact with every day.
  3. No more reading the same things by the same people on different platforms – what a waste of time.
  4. More time to spend in the real world doing real things (that ironically become worth sharing with friends on social networks)

* I also need access to various facebook pages for business use and to one or two Facebook groups for my studies, but that’s by-the-by.

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