Social Media: Top 10 things to help you manage your accounts on the top social networking sites

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There are tons of social networking sites. Managing each site separately can be a bear. Whether you joined the various sites for personal or professional reasons, social media can get out of hand.

Some people join social networks because of their friends, others come upon social media as part of their job or working on promoting a project.

Many newbie’s wonder, “Why do I need multiple social networking accounts?”  The answer is simple, to gain a bigger audience to get your message out.

Even if you’re just on social media to keep in contact with friends and family, you’ll realize that some people favor one social site over another. The simplicity and ease of management is also determined by applications for cell phones, as most people carry their phones with them more than they log on to a computer.

Most people realize very soon that it’s difficult to manage every network with the same information.  Here’s a list of a ten tips to help manage your top social networking sites. For simplicity, these tips are primarily to manage Facebook, Twitter, a WordPress blog, and Posterous. Other online sites mentioned here are to help you manage multiple accounts on the various sites.  Soon, you’ll be on your way to regaining your “real” life, versus just Tweeting, or updating your Status on Facebook – about, what you wish you had time to do.

1. Create a personal profile on Facebook.  If you are promoting another site or want to build your name online, than please use your real name, first and last – with a middle name or initial if you have a common name.  If you are a business, you should still have a personal Facebook profile, and then create a “Fan Page” for your business.

2. Create at least one account with Twitter using your real name.  Again, if you have a business, you can set up an additional Twitter account, specifically with your business name.

3. Research which blog site you would like to use for your blog account. You don’t need to learn coding or programming.  There are many free blog sites, compare and contrast. The easiest is Posterous.com. WordPress.com hosts WordPress or you can self-host using WordPress.org – however you would need a more technical knowledge. WordPress is arguably the best blog/website tool should you choose to monetize your site. You could also use Blogger.com or TypePad.com.

4. Start with the easiest and fastest site set-up: Posterous.com.  Even if you have a blog somewhere else, Posterous is important in reducing the amount of time you spend on social networking and can gain you new followers/readers to your monetized blog or website.

5. Once you set up a Posterous account, you can link your Facebook and Twitter accounts to Posterous.  Whatever you post to Posterous can also post to your Twitter, Facebook, and many other social networking sites.

6. Go to Hootsuite.com and create an account.  Hootsuite is a great free tool that allows you to manage multiple accounts for Facebook profiles, fan pages, Twitter, WordPress.

7. Schedule future posts and tweets on Hootsuite. You could create your tweets, status updates, and blog posts to post in the future. Which means you could sit down for a couple of hours once a week and create your content, schedule it, and not go back to your social networking sites until the next scheduled time that you need to give to manage your sites.

8. If you have multiple Twitter accounts and one Facebook account – create an account with TweetDeck.com.  TweetDeck also has an iPhone application.  The difference between TweetDeck and Hootsuite is that TweetDeck only allows you to manage one Facebook profile, and no fan pages that you may have created. In addition, it does not allow you to schedule your posts for future dates. However if you’re just want to see all the current tweets and status updates – in order to comment and engage with followers, it’s easy to view and manage.

9. Depending on the type of phone you have, see if you can add an application for Facebook and Twitter. As mentioned before iPhone has TweetDeck so you would only need memory space for one application. Most smart phones have the applications for Facebook and Twitter which would allow you to reply to direct messages and view current posts when you have time, especially if you’re going to schedule your posts once a week, these applications allow you to interact on a daily basis without having to worry about creating content.

10. Set aside time every day or once a week dedicated to managing your social networks using Hootsuite or TweetDeck.  Set aside a separate time to write to create content for your blog.  Better yet, once you write your blog if you follow the tips mentioned your blog and Facebook can automatically post to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Go to Facebook and add the WordPress application within Facebook so that it posts for you automatically – you would need to add a

11. Here’s a bonus tip – have fun! Build relationships, generate ideas, that’s what social networking is really about – and if you gain a friend, customer, or buy something – it’s the same as talking to  your neighbor, only you can talk to the entire neighborhood all at the same time!

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