HELP! I'm drowning in social media
Pat Rhoads - Nonprofit Marketing & Social Media Professional
RSS Follow

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

My 3 Tips: How I maintain engagement on Facebook without paying to boost posts
Strategically Embracing Ignorance
For Twitter newbies: the #hashtag explained
My take: 3 ways Facebook's USERS are causing it's decline
When will they learn?


Empire Avenue
nonprofit marketing
nonprofit marketing & social media
social media


April 2014
May 2013
October 2012
July 2012
April 2012
December 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
February 2011
January 2011

powered by

Another 'Expert', only I'm not

HELP! I'm drowning in social media

So last week I joined the 'exclusive' club of Google+ users. While I was glad to get an invite, and I felt just a little bit cool because I was on, it brought to sharp relief an increasing problem for me.
I'm drowning in social media.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE social media. I do it for a living, I do it for fun, and to some extent I even do it to annoy my wife ("Can you PLEASE put your phone down for a while???"). OK, just kidding on the last one.
But I got to thinking about how it's taking over my life. A year ago I was on Facebook and LinkedIn. I had a Twitter account, but didn't use it. Then I joined Foursquare. Then I started tweeting. In December I added a Jumo profile (remember them?).
This spring Empire Avenue started to take off, and I joined that. Oh, did I mention I blog, as well? Yep, in fact I have TWO blogs (this obviously being one of them). Now Google+.
They say that the key to success in social media is engagement, and I could not agree more. But it's getting really hard to engage well across so many platforms. And I'm not even really on YouTube, nor do I use Flickr or Tumbler or a myriad of other popular sites. Those are all just the tip of the iceberg. I can't manage them all. Something's got to give, and I'm sure I'm not the only one in this boat.
For me, the priority is still in engaging, and doing it well. How about you? Anyone else struggling with this?

4 Comments to HELP! I'm drowning in social media:

Comments RSS
M Rogers on Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:01 PM
Definitely agree sometimes Pat. Like the saying goes, "everything in moderation." Sometimes when the sun is shining, and the girlfriend wants to go for a bike ride, you just need to recognize when to put the laptop/ipad/smartphone down. The twitterverse will be there when you get back.
Reply to comment
patmrhoads on Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:57 PM
M, Oh I completely agree. But it's more than just a choice about how to spend time. It's also about how to manage a greater and greater variety of ways of engaging with other people, and keeping up with each new thing that comes along. Especially since my job IS social media, there's a challenge of constantly reevaluating priorities for when/how/where to engage. Thanks for the comment. Truly appreciate it.

Rory on Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:29 PM
Nice post! I actually took a month break from facebook in February and realized 1) it was controlling my life and 2) I'm not as important as I think I am. It's so easy to get caught up in social media and let it get to our heads that people truly care what we think (just like this comment—LOL!) I agree, all of these things need moderation and also a realization what each medium best exploits—LinkedIn, professional; facebook, personal; twitter, announcements; and Google+....I'm not sure yet. ;-)
Reply to comment

Rugged Bike on Friday, May 19, 2017 4:29 AM
Thank you for sharing, I really like, but my home there are more related content, you can refer to. I expect better next time. Good luck.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint