The world is getting smaller as all the social media platforms are getting bigger every day. There is no escape and, honestly, I don’t want to. As there are much discussions about pros and cons, I see it as a blessing. For those who are against it, there is a simple solution: don’t join it. Luckily nobody points a gun at your chest and forces you to take an account on Twitter, Facebook, MyBlogLog, Technorati or some of the many others.
I think social media is important because you really can make friends all over the globe. Borders literary disappear. The proof for me was when I met Ilaria via Twitter, what ended up in flying to New York and visiting her and her family. The result is that I now have a chosen sister abroad. She wrote in her guest post on Twitip.com everything about it.
Of course, the more social media platforms you use and combine, the more difficult it can become to keep an overview and not getting confused. That’s the reason why most of you are handling a kind of policy when it comes to social media. I’m curious to read yours in the comment section.
Here is mine:
On Twitter I usually follow everybody. Especially the people who are following me. I don’t use it that much but when I am using it I use TweetDeck to organize the poeple I follow. That makes it much easier. You can follow me on twitter here.
On MyBlogLog.com I handle the same policy as on Twitter. At this moment I have more than 2500 people in my contact list. There are a few with whom I have conversations and this people are very special to me.
On Facebook I add just two kind of people. People I have at least met once in real life and/or people I had experiences with during online events like NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy. This people are friends ever since and I love them all.
On Wer-kennt-wen (a German sort of Facebook) I just add people I really know from school, work and other real life things like that.
There is awkward Dutch clone of Facebook that I try to avoid using. It’s sometimes helpful to find people I lost track of but it has a very annoying interface to use and it’s ugly.
So, what is your policy and how do you handle all this social media stuff?