Here’s a list of the social networks I’m actively participating in:
Then there’s the ones I have accounts in but don’t use all that much:
I’m sure I’m forgetting a few too. Add the fact that in some of these services (Flickr, YouTube, blogging) I have access to multiple accounts, one personal, one work. (Blip.tv is only work right now. I don’t have a personal account there.)
Here’s the problem: when I find something interesting online or have something to say, how should I share it?
I’ve got four bookmarklets set up; BlogThis, TwitThis, TumblThis, and TwitThis, along with the Share+ button on the Facebook toolbar, which makes posting to those sites a simple process. But each one has a different audience (if any audience at all) with different levels of immediacy. (For example, if I post it to my blog, only my subscribers will read it but maybe not for a few hours or days. If I post it to Facebook, only my Facebook friends will see it albeit a bit quicker. If I put it out to Twitter, only my Twitter followers will see it but within minutes.) Additionally, Twitter posts need to be kept to 140 characters, my Tumblog can contain more but I usually don’t, del.icio.us is for stuff I want to go back to later or share with my classes, and my blog is for more extensive writing even though I post short stuff there too.
Well I could, and do sometimes, post the same content, or various versions of the same content, to multiple services. For example, I put a link to my blog review of my new keyboard on Twitter. Why didn’t I also share it on Facebook? I have no idea. It just didn’t occur to me until I wrote the previous sentence.
I have a pseudo-solution and that’s my Jaiku account. Jaiku allows me to pull in content from all of my other accounts that are outputting feeds. So, if you visit my Jaiku page or subscribe to my Jaiku feed, you’ll get all of the content from almost every other service I post to. (There’s no way to pull in Facebook info that I can find so there’s one notable exception.) The trouble is, there’s no one in my extended circle of friends using Jaiku with two notable exceptions (planetneutral and jessamyn) and they don’t seem to be doing much with it anyway. So, is a “solution” really a solution if no one uses it? I don’t think so.
So, how do you handle it? Do you just pick a favorite and stick to it? Do you clearly delineate in your own mind what goes where and not worry about who’s at the receiving end? I’d really like to know.