What's the best way to use social media effectively?
January 30, 2014 9:16 AM Subscribe
How can I best use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. to meet and keep in touch with people?
posted by larkin123 to Human Relations (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
For years now, the phone and email have served me well when it comes to keeping in touch with immediate family and close friends. Recent events in my life have made it clear that it's time to expand my (currently tiny) circle - get to know extended family members more, meet people with similar interests and hobbies (and hopefully, as a result, get more involved in hobbies), meet more people in my field (career networking).
Due to my current circumstances, I can't really do that in my local community. In fact, I'm currently looking for a job across the country. So, there's Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ (and Google Hangouts), Twitter, Metafilter (of course!), Skype, Whatsapp, Goodreads, and so on. Not to mention email.
What's the best strategy for:
(1) keeping in touch with people I know in a meaningful way (especially difficult with family members I don't have a lot in common with)?
(2) finding and getting to know people with similar interests (in terms of career or hobbies)?
(3) doing both of the above without it becoming a full-time job?
Do you know anyone who does these well? How do they strike the right balance between quality (of interactions) and quantity (of the people they interact with)? To be clear, I've been on Facebook/LinkedIn for years and on Twitter/Google+ for a year or so. I just haven't been able to figure out how to use them well. It seems to be a common problem (at least among the people I've talked to), but someone out there must be using social media well.