OK, so I am guilty of occasionally spending too much time in a day keeping up with the various industry and personal blogs that I read; updating various social networking sites and of course Twittering.
“There has to be an easier way to manage this”, I thought; otherwise this could easily consume my entire life. A balance needs to be struck between not maintaining your social network and it ruining your life.
Possibly the easiest way of doing this for me is to use RSS feeds (if you are unfamiliar with RSS then take a look here for a good introduction). Using various RSS feeds it’s possible to bring in all the various social networking sources into one place so that you can monitor them, keep up to date and make judgement calls as to which items need further attention.
Google Reader is superb RSS aggregator made just for this task; always there online, easily configurable, useable offline and whilst on the move! Google Reader also lets you publish your aggregated feeds back out into the community.
Within Google Reader I have now brought in RSS feeds from:
My LinkedIn profile, showing me my network updates.
My Facebook Friends status, showing me what everyone’s up to.
My personal Twitter Feed, echoed what I have posted.
My Twitter Feed showing all the tweets that I have received.
Various other Twitter feeds, for various keywords (XMPie etc.) so I can keep a track of the Twitter-Buzz for various things.
Various industry blogs and news feeds.
Connecting to LinkedIn:
On LinkedIn; connect to your account
Under your Home page, you should see a RSS Logo.
Click on there and configure your RSS feed before added it to Google Reader
Connecting to FaceBook:
Login to your FaceBook account
Select Friends from the tabs at the top