Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tips for Managing Social Media Profiles

If you have several social media profiles (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, etc.), you've no doubt discovered how time consuming it is to

  • make sure your pictures and personal info stay current,
  • keep spam deleted,
  • update contact lists, and so on.

To get some tips for efficiently dealing with these tasks, check out Ben Parr’s How To: Manage Multiple Social Media Profiles post on Mashable: The Social Media Guide. He notes that creating consistency in your web presence and keeping content updated and fresh are vital. However, with "a little upfront effort, the task of maintaining multiple profiles can be less tedious, freeing up time to better connect with other people."

In his post, Parr outlines five steps in this process:

  1. Understand your Current Position:
    Find out where you have and don't have profiles using Check User Names,
  2. Choose Your Platforms Realistically:
    Figure out which ones work best for you.
  3. Organize!
    Find a system and stick with it.
  4. Automate and Combine Your Profiles
    Use services such as, Twitterfeed, and Atomkeep to update your profiles.
  5. Keep it Fresh
    Use tools like Shareaholic to make updating content easier.

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