Streamline Your Social Network Presence - Invest time in your network
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Sure, there’s software like PeopleBrowsr that is supposed to help with streamlining your sites, but it is often confusing to navigate and has a clunky interface. If you’re just getting used to navigating social networking sites, something as in-depth and overwhelming as PeopleBrowsr won’t prove to be the best use of your time. The best thing a beginner can do when trying to streamline their many networks is to invest time into each one.
As mentioned previously, joining social networks costs nothing, but creating a strong online presence can require a personal investment -- that of time. Thankfully, it’s one investment sure to pay off in the end. Devoting two hours of your time each day to your various social networks, especially in the beginning, will help get your name out in the public, and it will allow your “friends” on the sites to become more familiar with you and get better acquainted with the services you offer.
There is a fair amount of trial and error necessary when using social networking sites. Truth be told, your business or product may not see results right away. "There is a learning curve; don't expect immediate results for at least three months, whatever your objectives may be," advised Alex De Carvalho, Community Manager of the multimedia social networking site scrapblog.
Establish a Routine
Organizing your time well is a key factor to successfully streamlining your social networking presence. Let’s be serious, it is very easy to get distracted when browsing social networking sites, and much of the distraction is not work-related. It may seem like you were just commenting on a potential client’s profile, but in reality you’ve been looking up old high school friends for an hour and a half.
Establish a disciplined work routine, or have some specific goals in mind when you visit a social networking site. It’s also important to realize that you can work on your own time. You don’t have to constantly update your profile or add people to your list of friends the second they ask.
Setting a regular schedule for updating content, “friending” people, or finding new contacts with similar interests is the ideal setup for those who work on multiple networking sites. Set aside a regular housekeeping date to clear out clutter from your many profiles.
Some experts even suggest using an Outlook calendar to map out blog posts on social networking sites. Aside from aiding with time management, it also allows users to integrate their work activities into their networking sites. If something big happens within your business or if you’ve made an impressive sale that you want to quickly share in hopes of it impressing potential clients, write a blog on MySpace, tweak the content of your Facebook, etc., etc. Speaking of blogs...
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