[Editor’s Note: Social Networks often involve sharing information about oneself in a public venue. The Innovations Lab recommends that you fully investigate any social networking services you intend to use. This article was written by Laurie Hansen.]
Who has time for Second Life? I don’t even have time for my first life! Although I do not have a Facebook page and I do not Tweet, I have been known to follow a few on Twitter.com. The main reason I have not maintained profiles on many (any) web-based social networks is time, or lack thereof. I felt validated when I read the bold heading of Webgrrls.com (a site subtitled, “the women’s tech knowledge connection”) Nelly Yusupova’s post “The biggest challenge for most people in managing social networks is TIME.” Amen to that! Webgrrls.com suggests that you schedule social network managing into your day. Merely creating accounts and managing profiles can also be time consuming.
IL hasn’t tried all the tools for managing your social networks, but here are a few that we’ve heard about:
Kristin Burnham also show us 7 tools to better manage your social networks.
A “low-tech” alternative is suggested by Get-It-Done-Guy, “Have your profile on other social networking sites simply refer people to your main site. … Just say, ‘See my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/stever’ [using your own info, of course] and put all the good stuff in your LinkedIn profile.”
So there you go! Now you have 10 new tools and one bonus low-tech alternative to help manage your social networks!