Sniff sniff….what’s that smell?
Oh…it’s just my social media hygiene.
Do I offend?
I don’t know where I had this recent conversation anymore – maybe more than one place. But I thought it might make an interesting post to share. That is–what is one’s own social media hygiene?
TMI? Perhaps. But, I’d be curious to hear how others handle and manage and wrestle with all this cyber stuff…here’s how I roll with it, relative to my day:
After I get up in the AM: First, I check work email. Then I check my primary personal email. Then I roll over to Facebook to see if there are personal messages, and then hit my breakfast coffee clutch up at Twitter. (Yes, believe it or not, I have a morning crew I tweet with…I don’t know any of them in real life, but they are now part of my morning. We discuss important things, like coffee, tropical weather systems, and cronuts.)
Speaking of coffee, I get my first (very large) cup, and roll over to Flipboard on my iPad, where I try to get caught up on major business news. I look at Fast Company, Forbes, and a few other pages pretty regularly. I tweet interesting stuff relative to the brands I tweet for, or post interesting relevant articles on Faceplace pages if it is relevant to a book (like SWE, or Plan C) or brand I manage at Zuck’s shop.
Then I get my day on and go to work.
Lunchtime: If I don’t meet up for lunch with a bud, I usually try to see what’s up at Faceplace and Twitter–but usually post something on the personal Twitter account. I also post for social media channels at work, and try to find interesting bits to post for work. I do like to check out what’s happening over at LinkedIn too – their content has gotten somewhat richer (although, I’m still personally miffed at them for not allowing us to embed our blogs in our profiles).
At work, moving around between meetings, not in my office: Smartphone is with me to keep up with email between meetings (a must), and if I stumble upon something cool while moving from point A to point B on campus – I’ll snap it and post on instagram. I’m getting better about hashtagging my stuff there too, since all the young people seem to dig this app the most these days.
After work, at home, in the evenings: I watch the news. Not because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy, but because I kind of feel it is an obligation for all of us to stay tuned to the world around us – good and bad. But, I generally pin on Pinterest while I’m watching the news – it dulls the pain…but I’m still informed. I’ve even managed to utilize it for work as a bit of pinspiration. (Pardon the double pun–1. pinterest pun and 2. perspiration pun – hygiene, get it? Of course you do.)
And last but certainly not least, this is when I tend to blog, and in general at other sites (although my blogging has been light of late). Then, of course one must post the blog posts back on the channels – like T, F and G+. I also tend to check in on Foursquare when out with friends, but I don’t always do that as well. I’m a Foursquare slacker, I suppose. I had highlight on my phone, but I took it off–it was a little…creepy…? (I don’t know if creepy is the right word, but automatically knowing when people are nearby is a mixed bag in my book.)
There. That’s how it goes for me on social media. Is it right?
Who knows? All I know is that social media – just like any other tool – can be used much like a light saber or the force: for good, or for evil. I hope I’ve found my own little way to use it for good. Most of all, social media is a great way to communicate–either with others, or even with yourself.
Hope that didn’t stink up the room too much. I’ll go get some room spray now just in case…