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Linda O'Rourke Mum and Entrepeneur

Network Marketing, Health and Wellness Blog

Linda O'Rourke Mum and Entrepeneur - Network Marketing, Health and Wellness Blog

Social Media When Do We Stop?


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I don’t know about you but I find sometimes that I just can’t keep up with Social Media.                                                                                                          social media when do we stop?

As soon as I think I have mastered one along comes another one.

At the moment I am only really active on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Pinterest but I hear about so many more such as Google+ and just don’t know how to go about joining yet another social media site.  Even on the ones I am on I wouldn’t say I was active everyday as I just don’t have the time to fit them all in.  I do have my twitter account linked to my Facebook account so when I send a tweet it gets posted on Facebook as well.  I have recently discovered Hootsuite so can schedule some of my regular tweets which is great.

My question to you is how often do you join a new social media site and are you active daily on all or any of them? Do you automate a lot of your social media or do you just love connecting and do everything on a daily basis without automation.

Please get involved in the discussion and post your answers/comments in the comments box so that we can get an overall feel for what everyone is doing.

There might even be some social networking that you don’t know about and someone replying here might be able to point you in the right direction.

I started this discussion in connection with a group writing project on ProBlogger.  If you would like to take part there is a prize to be won as well.

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  • Nicole Bianchi says:

    I am most active on Facebook & Twitter. I usually spend an hour in the morning reading through various blog sites and news articles. I’ll choose a few of my favorites to tweet, but because I don’t want to tweet them all at once and inundate all of my followers, I add them to my Buffer account. Buffer automatically tweets them for me at different times throughout the day. My Facebook account is also attached to Buffer, but I am not active on Facebook daily (more like every other day). I also have a YouTube account (I try to post a video once a month & I’m always quick to respond to comments). I use Pinterest as well, but more sporadically, though I do pin my blog posts & YouTube videos, & I have gotten traffic through that site. I have a LinkedIn account as well, but I don’t use it socially (only as a static resume & to get client testimonials). I did try out Google+, but so far haven’t updated my account at all. There’s just too many sites to keep track of, so I try to choose the ones that I enjoy updating the most & where I get the most reader interaction & discussion.

    Thanks for dropping by my site!

    April 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    • Linda says:

      Hi Nicole

      Thank you for commenting on my blog. Like you I don’t do all of the social media as it would just take up my whole day trying to keep up with it.

      Linda

      April 9, 2013 at 8:35 am
  • Jon Rhodes says:

    I don’t really spend a lot of time on social media sites. I am active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus but I can’t spend more than half an hour a day on average all together. I think it’s best to focus on writing great content on your own site. So I think it’s best to focus your attention on just one or two social networks than spread your time too thin on loads of them.
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    April 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm
    • Linda says:

      I agree with you Jon we can spend too much time on social media which could be better used writing our own content but as a blogger you feel like you need to keep up with the social media trends.

      April 10, 2013 at 8:37 am
      • Jon Rhodes says:

        Yes it’s a balancing act. You have to put a lot of effort creating great content for your own blog, but also you must get out there and spread the word. How have you done with Pinterest Linda? I have so far resisted joining, but I hear that it is pretty good for generating traffic.
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        April 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm
        • Linda says:

          I have dabbled in Pinterest but if I am honest I don’t really get it. At the moment I am not getting any leads from it but perhaps if I used it more I may.

          April 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm
  • Dona B says:

    This is an issue I wrestle with regularly! In my personal life I use Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. For my business, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I’d love to engage with Google+ but it feels overwhelming to begin fresh with a new platform!

    April 10, 2013 at 5:31 am
    • Linda says:

      I am with you on that one Dona. Everyday there seems to be something new coming out and you are told that you need to be on it to be noticed but how far do you go.

      April 10, 2013 at 8:38 am
  • Greg @thriftgenuity says:

    I am on all of the sites, but am very passive with them (at least the ones for personal use). I will say, that how these sites differntiate themselves is beyond me (with the exception of Linked In).
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    April 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm
    • Linda says:

      I must admit I don’t get the personal ones. I don’t want my whole life spread across the universe so I only use the social sites for business.

      April 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  • Tammy Eakes says:

    I am very active on Facebook and Pinterest. I just don’t “get” twitter although I do post my blogs to it (or tweet??? my blogs to it). I am hoping to figure twitter out but as of now it just doesn’t make sense to me. I post to my FB page every morning. I try to scroll through my FB profile newsfeed to just keep up with what everyone is doing and to interact with them through likes. I rarely comment though. I think I need to follow some sort of schedule for checking and updating the social media sites I use but as for now I just hit them when I have a free minute (sitting in carpool, waiting for kids to finish gymnastics and music classes, and so on).
    I found you on problogger Discussion Post contest. I am participating too.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm
    • Linda says:

      Like you Tammy I don’t really get twitter I started using it because I felt I had to but mostly I just tweet my blogs and retweet other peoples tweets. I have my twitter site set up as well so that whatever I tweet then gets posted on my facebook page so that I don’t have to do it twice.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:38 am
  • Kathleen Caron says:

    Hi Linda, I love Twitter, like Facebook, tolerate LinkedIn, occasionally post on Pinterest. I joined a startup social media thing called Storify, but I haven’t used it at all and really have no idea what the purpose of it is, unless it’s just sort of a compilation site. I especially like Twitter because you can talk to anyone, whether they answer you is another story.
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    April 11, 2013 at 1:03 am
    • Linda says:

      I can’t say I love twitter because I still don’t really get it. I am on Linkedin but don’t really do anything with it as I am sure of the protocol and I wouldn’t want to post something and then get told off. I did use Linkedin for a poll once which was quite useful. I wanted to find out how many people would network on a weekend so I posted it as a poll and got quite a few responses. I have started on Pinterest but again I don’t really get it. Never heard of Storify though. I will take a look at your post.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:40 am
  • Rohit Sharma says:

    Though I love interact with people but there is always a limitation to the scope.

    I am active on couple of accounts and I have automated rest of them..

    I trust – Social media is for me and I am not for Social Media, so I try to do the optimum use of it and enjoy this way…
    Rohit Sharma recently posted…What is your Revolution?My Profile

    April 12, 2013 at 1:51 am
    • Linda says:

      Hi Rohit

      I like your statement about knowing social media is for you but you are not for social media. I was pretty the much same but social media is growing on me and I am using it more and more but you have to set limits or you will be on it all day.

      Linda

      April 12, 2013 at 10:05 am
  • Barbara Bianchi says:

    I’m currently on Facebook limiting my friend list to close friends and family. Recently I joined Pinterest; it goes well with blogging. I may add twitter, but then I’d have to consider automating and time management. It’s all good.
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    April 14, 2013 at 5:41 am
    • Linda says:

      I don’t really use facebook on a personal basis and recently I have been accepting friends requests from people all round the world. I look at their profile first and if they don’t look like they are up to anything dodgy I often accept their request. However I have noticed that a lot of them are men not sure if this is just a coincidence. I was contacted by another person on facebook who warned me about someone I had a accepted as a friend so I blocked them when I found out. It is hard to know what to do for the best in the friend situation.

      April 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm
  • Rachel Williamson says:

    Hi Linda, I have the same problem that most people have expressed here. 1.) How to choose which social media outlet to use
    2.) How much time to spend on it
    3.) Is it really benefiting my business

    Thanks for the tip about ProBlogger. I haven’t been there recently, but will check it out.
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    April 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    • Linda says:

      I agree Rachel as you say most people seem to have the same problem on which platform do you use. I think the key is 1) do you enjoy using the site and 2) what can it bring to your business and your target market.

      April 29, 2013 at 11:43 am
  • Bonnie Hershey says:

    I am probably most active on Facebook (making several posts to my page daily), with Twitter coming in a close second. I also have Hootsuite and found that I can schedule the exact same tweets, spaced out by several days and at diff times of day! I am realizing a lot of folks do this because the life of a single tweet is fairly short. Most people won’t realize that it’s the exact same one from time to time. Twitter has really boosted the traffic to our site this way, and I like the networking connections I can make with folks on there! Pinterest I do more for fun, though we do have a business account and several boards dedicated to our business. I am only on Pinterest about once a week though.
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    April 28, 2013 at 12:27 am
    • Linda says:

      I have recently discovered Hootsuite which as you say is a brilliant little tool. I am sure many people tweet the same thing over and again using Hootsuite but as we read so many tweets we don’t remember that we have seen it before necessarily but it may trigger something in our minds. I have linked my twitter account with facebook so that whatever I post into twitter automatically appears on my facebook. I find this saves having to do it twice. I post my blog on my site which has an automatic tweet feature. So my blog posts to twitter and facebook at the same time. Saves me a lot of work. I still haven’t really got into Pinterest but need to watch the DMC training again to gen myself up on it. Of course now we also have Google+ to contend with so will need to watch the training on that ASAP.

      April 29, 2013 at 11:50 am
  • Sigrid McNab says:

    Bonnie, I agree with you about finding it hard to keep up with Social Media. I think that I just am going to have to pick two or three and master them really well.
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    April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    • Linda says:

      Sigrid I think you are right you need to specialise in one and really put your focus into it and then maybe follow with the others if the need be. It would appear that Google+ is now the in place to hang out.

      May 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm
  • Martin says:

    Hi Linda, This is great. You’re getting lots of great feedback on this post.

    I spend most of my time socializing on facebook, but I do regular posting on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ (using Hootsuite)

    I do not use pinterest.

    Good work
    -Martin
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    April 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    • Linda says:

      Yes is it has been an interesting post actually I didn’t expect to get as much response as I did. I am on Linkedin but don’t really use it however I am now looking into the training with DMC for Google+ as this appears to be the in place.

      May 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

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