Archive for August 2011

Clean Up Facebook

I'll admit it:  I have allowed my personal facebook account to get completely out of control.  It was over 2,500 contacts.

That may not bother some, but I've decided to significantly reduce the number of friends/contacts on my personal account.  It was getting a bit ridiculous.  I'm running across some profiles that I can't even read in (not English) my contacts. 

I wish Facebook had a filter that helped with the process.  But it seems the only way to reduce your friends/contacts is by manually deleting them.

I'll mention a couple of things before I go any further:

*You can significantly reduce your wall clutter buy just blocking apps, etc.  I'm assuming you know how to do that.  You can also remove an individual's activity from appearing in your wall's feed (but I wonder why you'd even have someone on your list if you have no interest in seeing their activity). 

*Facebook fan pages are the way to go if you are some kind of public figure and want to interact with large groups of people--groups that may go over a thousand.  I'm already using this strategy.

As I've mentioned, it seems the best option is to simply manually delete friends from your personal account.  There's no quick way to do this if you want to keep your account--you can deactivate your account and start over, but that's not really an option for me.

Where do you start?  I'll give you a few that are helping me:

1. Your Wall:
You can start reducing contacts with the source of the problem: your cluttered Facebook wall.  Next time to see an update that is completely irrelevant to your life just look at the profile and see if he is a candidate for "unfriending." 

2. Networking:
Look at an unfamiliar contact then see if you have mutual "friends" (either before or after you "unfriend" the profile).  You can often find clusters of people you don't know.

3. Birthdays:
This is another way you can do a daily "cleaning."  Just check the daily birthday update.  It may be time to delete the birthday boy or girl if you have no idea who he/she is.  

It's still going to take a while.  But I think I can cut my contacts down to a manageable number within a few months if I keep working at it.

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Monitor your Twitter Account with these Services

As social media tools go, you can’t get much better than Twitter. Utilized by millions of people for uses ranging from casual to professional, Twitter users can follow and be followed by limitless tweeters sharing their tastes and proclivities. However if you’re interested in tracking the raw data surrounding your Twitter account—how many followers view your profile, who follows and unfollows you and when do they do it—you have to look outside Twitter at other services. Here are a few sites worth checking out if you want to closely monitor comprehensive statistics about your account.

Quitter is a free service for Twitter users that tracks who has unfollowed you. Quitter will send you regular email updates about your unfollowers, including the time and date when the event occurred. The service is an indispensible tool for those concerned with their account’s popularity—if you can isolate what causes users to unfollow you, perhaps you can improve your account for the better.

TwitterCounter is a supplemental stats-tracking application for Twitter that provides super in-depth data on your Twitter account. Your account’s stats are shown in easy to understand graph format over a time table of days, weeks, months, or years. TwitterCounter will also forecast future statistics, such as how long you are estimated to reach a certain number of followers or an approximation of the followers you’ll have in so many days. You can also check the popularity of your Twitter against other accounts. TwitterCounter provides widgets you can install that keep you updated on the number of followers you have.

Twellow is the perfect service for people looking for liked-minded users. Twellow works as a search engine for accounts categorized by their apparent interests. Search through categories as broad as “Entertainment” or as specific as “Magicians” to find the accounts worth following for you. If you search for a user with no immediately discernable category, Twellow will match that user with a category that may capture the main theme of their account.

Hootsuite is a self-described “social media dashboard” aimed at the savvy social media user. People with multiple social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace, etc.) can utilize Hootsuite as a means to access and post to these accounts from the same place. In addition to the versatility and mobility this application affords its users, Hootsuite has statistical tracking applications similar to those on TwitterCounter. You can also track trends and keywords that catch your eye so you can stay up-to-date on your favorite topics. Hootsuite allows for the ambitious social media user to network across multiple platforms and shows you your progress along the way. A must have for the adept tweeter!

About the Author: Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez

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Google+ Resistance is Futile?

Here's another video for Google+

I've joined Google+, and so far I like it. I do like the idea of circles--having control over who sees which posts. But there's sort of a "resistance is futile" quality to this video, don't you think?

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