So I’ve been seeing a lot of posts around the blogosphere detailing how people manage the time suck presented by the number of social media tools. The post that got my wheels turning was by John Jantsch over on the Duct Tape Marketing blog. The time management principle of having a daily/monthly/weekly schedule is the most valuable point in the article. If you only do one thing, do that. However, that part that intrigued me was his leveraging of tools.
I’m currently trying to reverse engineer the details, but there were a few items that I’ve figured out:
- Install the TwitterTools plugin for your WP blog and set to automatically Tweet your new posts.
- If you don’t have them already, get a Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Facebook account with (if possible) the same user name.
- Tie your Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Facebook accounts to your FriendFeed account so FriendFeed updates automatically
I’m still working on this list and will update as I learn more, but the takeaway is that social media can balloon to consume all your time if you don’t control it. Once you have control of social media you next want to leverage your efforts so that the limited time you are spending is multiplied. Getting more done in the same amount of time – beautiful.