How Many Social Networking Tools Do You Really Need?
Every time I turn on the Interwebs, there is some hot new
future bankruptcy social network that is going to revolutionize the world. I usually go over and sign up, if for no other reason than research. Well, most of these world beaters turn out to be a bust. First of all, social networks are terrible for early adopters, unless you have 20 or so close friends who will join with you. Second, you really only need a few to take care of the 12+ hours a day that I spend on the computer.
What Services / Products I Use
Myspace – I love, hate, and use MySpace as much as any of the others. As hideous and annoying as Myspace is, all of my friends are there. It was hard enough for some of my friends to get email addresses, I can’t just say, “Hey, let’s all switch over to Facebook.” This is the AOL of this decade. 30 million people sure can be wrong!
As hideous and annoying as Myspace is, all of my friends are there. It was hard enough for some of my friends to get email addresses, I can’t just say, “Hey, let’s all switch over to Facebook.”
Facebook – I love Facebook, but none of my real friends do. I’m trying to switch people without a lot of success. Does my wife really count? I can talk to her using mouths and ears.
LinkedIn – I use this to build out my professional network. It is really good from that point of view. I have found friends and colleagues from numerous old jobs. It is great for that type of thing.
Plaxo – What a turnaround for Plaxo. They used to be a spam factory, but now they have an invaluable service. If you have multiple web and desktop solutions for mail, contacts, and calendaring then Plaxo can save your day. You can set up your Outlook, gmail, aol, yahoo, hotmail, profiles to all sync up to one central database. This way, if you add a new Contact, To Do, or Appointment to any of your profiles, it will automatically by synchronized with all of your accounts. Now, all of your information will be in your web and desktop systems all of the time.