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Back Talk: How Do You Organize Your Digital Life?

Pew Research estimates two-thirds of U.S. adults online use social media, and marketers are an especially dedicated group; 93% of marketers use social media for business purposes. Facebook is really the tip of the iceberg. As of this post, the social media juggernaut counts more than 845 million active users. Add to that LinkedIn (over 150 million), Twitter (over 350 million) and YouTube (the second largest search engine in the world), and you get a better sense of the density of our daily digital diets. With newer social media darlings such as Instagram and Pinterest vying for our attention and micro-blogging on the rise, both consumers and marketers alike need to be organized. But how? RSS feeds are one way. And there are a slew of apps such as HootSuite and websites such as Flickr aimed at helping users streamline everything for status updates to vacation photos. But even those tools can overwhelm if not used properly.

Maybe I’m just blogging out loud, but it seems that there’s no time like spring to clean up your online act. An organized digital life is always in-season, and it’s key to personal and professional success.

Which promotes the question: With the abundance of options to engage online, how do you pick and choose? Do you organize your professional digital life?

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Freelance blogger for Vertical Marketing Network; food writer; bartender.

7 comments on “Back Talk: How Do You Organize Your Digital Life?

  1. Pingback: What Does Social Media Mean for Marketers Now? « Blogging Out Loud

  2. Addie Van Gessel
    March 29, 2012

    Kinda missing the days when all we had to go through was the daily mail in the box. Way too many social media options available, personally, like Tiffany I dabble on Facebook and LinkedIn. But as a marketer staying current, the need is tremendous to know about all outlets. Ultimately it’s our job to recommend the outlets that work best for our clients individually. Not all will have the same results or experiences in each outlet. Real time results help with that.

    Now back to the digital clean up!


  3. Andrew
    March 27, 2012

    The big problem is that there is literally a flood of information now readily available to just about anyone who wants it. The only way to deal with this problem is to accurately hone in on the bits that are truly important to you. Since I pretty much stick to Facebook and blogs, this is relatively simple. Most of the blogs I follow update once or twice a week at the most. On Facebook I zealously control which posts show up in my feed. About once a week I’ll turn off all those filters and skim through to see if there is anything or anyone that I should be paying closer attention to based on what’s been going recently.

    On a side note I’m a huge fan of aggregating sites that use the peer moderation process.This gives you a great idea of what the community is currently interested in. It also makes reading through a firehose sized torrent of information that much easier. The community has decided what’s worth looking at already. Facebook has a fake iteration of this idea in the subtle way it lists it’s “Top Stories” inside your newsfeed. It’s not as good as peer moderation but it’s better than nothing.


    • JJ Nelson
      March 28, 2012

      I like the idea of using peer-moderated aggregated sites. Any you recommend?


  4. AC
    March 27, 2012

    Started the cleaning in the fall and hope to conclude sometime in the spring.. It ain’t easy. Just using an aggragator doesn’t cut down on the volume but does make access easier. To quote the Grinch,”it is the noise, noise, noise”.


    March 27, 2012

    I find that it’s very hard to keep up with all the different social media outlets that are currently out there. I stick with Facebook and LinkedIn. This is my way of staying organized online.


  6. Alice
    March 27, 2012

    There’s an iPad app called ‘Flipbook” that basically summarizes everything (Facebook, linkedin, news articles, etc) with the layout looking like a newspaper. It displays headlines and allows you to click directly to the one you’re interested in viewing. However, I still prefer to go through each program myself. I feel like i’m losing out of whole user experience by clumping everything into one app. If i’m not interested in something, then i just simply won’t look at it but that’s just my 2 cents.


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