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Here’s my social media priority list (subject to change!)

July 14, 2012 2 comments

I’m a big believer in gaining first-hand experience with the various social networks. How can you claim to be an expert in something you hardly ever use? But it’s a daunting task, at times, to prioritize and manage time with so many powerful networks at your disposal. Here’s my latest priority list, which will probably be much different in a few months.

(1) Facebook. I’ve made so many connections with family, friends, business contacts… on this powerhouse that it definitely gets the most of my social media allotment. And, more and more, I find myself participating in discussions in groups and interacting with my favorite brands there, too.

(2) Twitter. This was my gateway into social media in a big way — clear back in 2008. It continues to be a great place for connecting with passionate, knowledgeable pros in areas of interest to me such as social media, public relations, marketing, healthcare, cancer survivorship… as well as entertainment (rock bands, sports teams). I have read hundreds (thousands?) of great blog posts and news accounts shared via my Twitter connections. I pass on info that I hope is of interest to others literally every day.

(3) LinkedIn. My use of this social network comes and goes, but it remains the meat and potatoes of my online menu. Right when I am tempted to push this down the priority list, they improve it.

(4) Google+. I actually dreaded this when it joined the scene a year ago — due to time constraints. But I keep getting lured back by features such as Hangouts and photo sharing, as well as the integration with my Gmail and YouTube accounts. I love Android, and Google has changed my life, so this will continue to get some of my precious time.

(5) Instagram. Just started getting involved with this network a few months ago, but I love sharing photos with others. It’s been a tremendous creative outlet. And I appreciate the way it integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare…

(6) Foursquare. Right when I was getting sick of feeling almost an obligation to check in at certain locations, they enhanced it. I find myself checking it more and more often these days.

(7) Pinterest. At first, I was really excited about this. Especially liked the many infographics there. But it’s gotten pushed way down the priority list by the above networks.

(8) YouTube. Get ready for this to skyrocket up the list. I’ve re-dedicated myself to the flipcam and a video blog, so this will probably squeeze time away from other networks.

So that’s my list for now. I’m sure I forgot something else that takes a few minutes here and there. And I didn’t even mention my WordPress and Blogger blogs. I’d be interested in learning about your priorities. It’s exciting to hear how you prioritize your precious social media time.

 

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