December 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm #63020
Just fishing for thoughts. I’m beginning to realize there are far too many Social Media alternatives out there. Between this, Twitter and Yammer my time can be easily devoured! I would appreciate other’s input and suggestions.
December 2, 2008 at 7:59 pm #63048
Casondra C. BrewsterParticipant
Twitter? You’re wasting your time on Twitter? Yes, you need some prioritization, my friend. My thoughts are that priorities need to be made. Like no twitters except first in the a.m. or last at p.m. (although I refrain from it entirely), or only when something spectacular needs to be communicated. Yammer, what the heck is yammer? It’s just like any other process …what’s the cost/benefit ratio? with the commodity being time. That said, I understand how this can all be overwhelming. I kept a log for a week to decide what 2.0 format was best for me. It will probably need to be reassesed soon. The bottom line, like with everything is — what gives you the biggest bang for the buck? (she says as she joins yet another 2.0 platform….lol!)
December 2, 2008 at 8:09 pm #63046
December 2, 2008 at 8:26 pm #63044
Ken – I think you’ll appreciate this post by Andrea Baker. You can’t do them all…you have to pick and choose the right level of involvement for you. For me, Twitter, Yammer, and GovLoop have become invaluable tools for me. For others, they’re a spectacular waste of time. I would recommend taking every social network that you belong to, and put some goals against them – what do you hope to accomplish through each one.
December 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm #63042
December 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm #63040
As we discussed before, I’ve been trying to determine the merit of each. I find Twitter to be good for quick headlines and links; Yammer has provided a good link into BAH, LinkedIn I find a valuable professional resource which seems to be growing in capability, and now I’m checking out this one. Utility seems to go with diversity which is why I would like a condenser of some sort on a single page. 🙂 I know, wishful thinking. Thanks for the advice though!
December 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm #63038
Aggregation can create another personality. I post different information to twitter, LinkedIn, govLoop, along with personal and internal blogs. Aggregating these in different formats and combinations presents a different face. There is a lot of opportunity in aggregation of social services.
December 3, 2008 at 4:27 am #63036
December 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm #63034
December 4, 2008 at 1:35 am #63032
If you haven’t heard of Thirty Day Challenge, you may want to check it out. In 30 Days, it teaches an individual how to set up a blog-based business and establish a comprehensive web presence using various social media tools…all free.
If you ignore the part about setting up a web-based business, the “pre-game” alone is worth browsing as it introduces you to Flock (per Steve’s suggestion above), FriendFeed, Squidoo and much more…once you’ve had this orientation to the breadth of social media options on the web, you’ll be more than prepared to narrow it down to 3-4 that maximize your experience/presence.
So…after completing the Challenge, I narrowed it down to (in no particular order!):
1. Facebook (keeping in touch with friends and family)
2. LinkedIn (making professional contacts and learning from groups/forums)
3. Twitter (staying connected, getting news/ideas – as a teleworker, this is my “water cooler” community)
4. GovLoop (sharing knowledge and ideas, networking, cross-posting from blog)
FriendFeed updates my social bookmarking, Twitter and Facebook activity, though I don’t pay attention to it that closely. Flock is also very handy to keep everything straight!
December 6, 2008 at 3:42 am #63030
December 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm #63028
December 10, 2008 at 7:27 pm #63026
Thanks! I’ll check it out!
December 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm #63024
I’ll give it a spin!
December 10, 2008 at 9:33 pm #63022
You can use RSS to Twitter to populate your twitter feed automatically via your blog or press release RSS.
Just go to http://twitterfeed.com/ to sign up, set up and let roll. It saves time while not neglecting your followers. This is one tool- by far not the only that exists to keep the chatter going to your various audiences.
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