10 tips for managing your time on social networks

dialog-148815_640I spend a lot of time connecting with colleagues and contacts in my professional network in social networks. As I have explained in a previous post this is an essential way for me to keep up to date with what’s happening in the learning world. I also mentioned how over the years I’ve developed a number of techniques to filter out the signal from the noise. I’m frequently asked for tips for making the most of – and managing time on –  social networks, so here are 10 Tips I’ve garnered from around the Web.

  1. Don’t try and be everywhere (always-on); spend the time where it brings you most value.  Here’s how to spend just 30 minutes a day on social sites
  2. Ask yourself, if  you are getting value from those you follow/connect with? After all your personal network is for YOU. If not, it’s probably time to rethink your Twitter follow strategy
  3. Think carefully before you follow someone new. Use this test before connecting with someone on LinkedIn
  4. Make sure you have notifications ON for the stuff you want to see, people you really want to hear from.
  5. Don’t try and read everything immediately, save things to read later using a tool like Pocket.
  6. Are you drowning in tweets? Try using these Twitter (Android) apps – many also available for iOS.
  7. Are you finding it difficult to manage all your networks, ie read, organise and schedule posts? If so try a social media dashboard like TweetdeckHootsuite or Pluggio.
  8. Is social media is giving you more work? For instance you are trying to share stuff you find in one network with another, then try IFTT. If This Then That lets you set up “recipes” of what to do when a trigger happens, e.g. If I send a tweet, THEN send it to Yammer.
  9. Can’t keep up with everything that’s being shared on your networks? Then use some content curation tools to gather some of the key stuff for you. – Content curation [infographic]
  10. Finally, if you don’t want to be distracted by social networks, then you can block them for a specific time. But here is how to really block time-wasting websites

Do you have any tips to share on making the most of social networks?

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Jane Hart

Founder at C4LPT
Jane Hart is an independent workplace learning advisor, writer and international speaker. She is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. Her recent book Modern Workplace Learning: A Resource Book for L&D is now available, which she supports with a range of online workshops. Find out more about Jane at JaneHart.com.

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16 thoughts on “10 tips for managing your time on social networks

  1. Heather Bailey

    I think a lot of people have difficulty knowing how to assess whether spending time on certain social media is valuable as each platform has a distinct personality. I use a free site called Klout to see how much engagement I get from each platform.

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  3. Sarah Arrow

    Hi Jane thanks for adding in my infographic 🙂
    Content curation is a great way to sift through the overwhelm and also to demonstrate your own expertise, just like you’ve done here 🙂

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  5. andrewjacobsld

    Nice post Jane.

    Number 1 is especially important; you can’t be on all platforms for the same time, with the same commitment so choose your weapons carefully. Just ‘being on’ Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, etc isn’t enough. Your use of the tool for the right reasons is important and needs to be driven as to why you’re there.

    I use number 8; if I see a tweet I want to read later, I’ve combined IFTTT with twitter to add all my favourites to evernote. Evernote is a great curation tool and can combine the tools above into one neat online folder space.

    I agree with the concerns over Klout; I once wrote a blog comparing training practice to Mexican food. The views it created caused Klout to state I was influential about Mexico.

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  8. Tricia Ransom

    Hi Jane, great post! I use Pinterest as a my holder for all the interesting stuff I find. Added bonus is not only is it all in one place, but others can easily go there and browse for things of interest to them too!

    I also schedule time for certain activities such as chats.

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