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  • #159569

    Robin
    Member

    Hi!

    My interest is both professional and personal. Professionally, I’m a community manager for a startup in SF called Ming.ly. It’s a new service (in beta!) that gives users a better way to connect with contacts and conversations across social networks, without leaving the inbox.

    The point of the application is that people are busy but you have to stay on top of your personal and professional relationships. We created Ming.ly so you can stay in touch without being stuck in the quagmire of endless social media updates.

    Personally, I feel sometimes like social media channels use me, not the other way around! It can be exhausting but it can also be thrilling. I think I use it to procrastinate, to be honest.

    What are the pitfalls you experience in having to stay across your social networks? What are you using to get around the noise? How do you know when you’ve struck a balance?

    Many thanks,

    Robin Ahn
    Mingly Community Manager

  • #196296

    mili
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    possibly others will weigh in, but in the meantime, you might want to check out the following threads where there’s been extensive, even exhaustive, discussion:

    https://unclutterer.com/discuss/topic/media-fast-anyone
    https://unclutterer.com/discuss/topic/uncluttering-your-mind

    the following thread discusses some of these issues too, but in a more peripheral way – check it out if you need more:
    https://unclutterer.com/discuss/topic/uncluttering-bad-habits

    Overall, the whole ‘my online life is overwhelming me’ issue seems to be a big deal on this forum right now, so there should be plenty of replies.

  • #196315

    Astreja
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    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    In my opinion, the only way to win with social networks is not to play.

    – I decluttered my Facebook account a year and a half ago, and haven’t updated my information on the 1 or 2 other networking sites I joined.

    – Walked away from at least half a dozen forums where I used to post daily. There are 5 forums and 4 other sites currently in my “most-used” bookmarks, but only 3 forums (including Unclutterer) where I still post on a regular basis.

    – And, outside work, I only check e-mail once a day or less.

    I don’t think filtering one’s sites through another site really solves anything. It’s like going out to the store and buying a dozen fancy storage boxes to line up on the shelf, rather than questioning the utility of the stuff in the boxes.

  • #196317

    bandicoot
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    what astreja said!
    i chose not to play anymore, and neither my business nor my personal life fell apart as a result.

  • #196319

    pkilmain
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    I spend about 20 minutes with a SAD light in the morning. This is the perfect time to carch up on the several blogs and forums I enjoy. I do hace a facebook account, and I check to see what my small circle of family and friends is up to. Since I do all this on my ipad, no long ranting posts as the tuping is much slower. :). I use my computer for other reasons throughout the day, and i may check forums then, but not always and not as a regular thing.

  • #196320

    Ella
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    I had the impression that the original post was advertising spam. Evidently some other member thought so, too, and tagged it as such.

  • #196323

    BreakingFree
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    That was me Ella. It was a first post and mentioned a new service she’s starting up, plus nobody else had responded at that time, so I figured it was spam and marked it as such. Looks like I can remove the tag I added if the consensus is that it is legit…?

  • #196324

    Ella
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    BreakingFree ~ Often a spammer will post only once. Or, in the case of another newbie today, he or she will dredge up old posts in order to repeatedly plant a URL.

  • #196332

    pkilmain
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    Ans actually we’ve all spoken about the ways that social media is not sucking up our time, which may have been the op’s intended title, but the essential word NOT isn’t there.

  • #196342

    bandicoot
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    this site is a spam magnet!

  • #196356

    Anonymous

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    I thought it was spam as well. The odd wording in the title was what struck me.

  • #196415

    Robin
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    Hey everyone, sorry about the confusion about my post! I’m definitely not a spammer and didn’t mean to come off that way. I’m actually a pretty regular reader of Unclutterer, so wanted to explain about the start-up I’m working with for full disclosure, before picking your brains about your social media habits. 🙂 Realizing now the tone of my post didn’t quite translate!

  • #202587

    davidkrug
    Member

    How do YOU make sure social media sucks up all your attention bandwidth?

    I always attempt to monitor my time using RescueTime to track how much time I spend where online. It’s become much more intentional in how I spend my time online. And I notice a healthier relationship with the internet.

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