Busy yesterday with admin work and a little project in the morning that took no time to complete. After that, Anne and I worked out some of the technology kinks in our upcoming webinar. I was feeling good for the first time in weeks, but I didn’t push it. I gave myself plenty of breaks.
I was noticing how much activity is happening over on Google+. Unfortunately, it’s happening without me. While I was quick to sign on when it first launched, I never quite got into that form of social media.
It simply doesn’t appeal to me. I want it to, because I’m sure I’m missing something. Still, part of me thinks I have enough going on that I’m ignoring to be adding one more thing to ignore right now.
That’s okay, too. For me, I can get by with LinkedIn and Twitter. I’m getting by quite well, in fact. And I’m not sure exactly how it’s happening, but I’m getting lots of inquiries via my website email form. There comes a time when social media can overwhelm. I’m there if someone needs me (and I still get the notifications), but I can’t maintain yet another account, especially on a platform that’s, well, too cumbersome for me to want to use.
Here’s what I need from my social media:
Quick communication. That’s definitely Twitter. Not so much LinkedIn, but that has other virtues.
Easy searchability. Just try searching on Google+. Maybe there’s a way. I haven’t bothered to try. I’m still buried in 300+ follow requests. Sure, you can type hashtags and names into the search, but why not just use Twitter or LinkedIn?
Professionalism. Here’s where LinkedIn pulls way ahead of all social media forms I use. If I want to locate experts or clients, I head here. I’ve found clients and experts on Twitter, but not as frequently.
Personal communication. See, I’m not seeing that on Google+. Yes, there are a lot of people posting on my “wall”, but I’m seeing a lot of noise. In Twitter where there are size limits, I can ignore much of it. On Google+, I’m staring right now at three posts by three different people and none of them are relevant to me. Why am I following them again?
Ease of use. I want to jump on, update my status, and get back to work. I don’t want to wade through several posts to see if someone posted something similar or if anyone has responded to my past updates. I don’t want games, videos, or things not related to work (I’m a magpie and I’m easily tempted).
Connection to others in my specialty area. This is definitely present on LinkedIn and, since I’m selective in whom I follow, Twitter. I know I can filter Google+ results, but it seems a bit tedious, whereas doing so on TweetDeck is quick.
You may find Google+ to be the best thing since sliced bread. Or you may hate Twitter or LinkedIn. The idea is to use it wisely. Don’t overwhelm yourself with so many forms of social media that you can’t get to work. That’s kind of missing the point.
What do you use and how do you keep a handle on each one?