By Megan Cloherty
Staying on top of multiple social platforms can be tricky and not to mention time-consuming. Inevitably, most of of us let one or two start to slip and then assume since they haven’t been updated in a while, give up on updating them altogether.
If we’re doing it right, we should use a different voice on each platform we use. Avid Twitter users know that sharing bit.lys and quippy responses just aren’t recieved the same way as personal accomplishments and photos are on Facebook. A good first step is to know just how many active social media profiles you have up and running.
Pew Research Center found in a 2012 study, most users are simplifying their online identity management and maintaining a profile on just one site. More than half (55 percent) of social networking and Twitter users say this, up from 45 percent in 2009. The study does not say whether the users’ decision to keep up just one profile was due to the influx of new social media users or just desire to rid themselves of online maintenance.
There are a few options that are relatively painless and will make
Mashable suggests users who are looking to either get a handle on their online footprint or those who want to slim down their social lives online can log on to Check User Names. The site will search dozens of popular social media sites for your username. Users can then decide which they want to keep active and what to kill.
The key to keeping multiple platforms active and stay on top of their updating content is to organize your notifications. If you set aside time to filter your social media email alerts into their own label or inbox, it will likely be easier to stay on top of what’s happening. That way alerts are contained to one place and can be accessed when you want to read them, not when they pop up.
If you really want to manage your profiles from one place, Atomkeep is a tool that connects multiple accounts and allows users to change bios and profile pictures with one action.
That’s a good starting point and should make it a little easier to keep your online social life sane.