Your Online Social Media Experience is What You Make of It

Every day I field questions about how to turn the noise down when it comes to social media. Let me be perfectly honest. You create your own storms. If you want the best quality content on the web you should only follow those that produce it. I have been very strategic with my Twitter account from Day 1. I only follow people I know or have a reputation as a quality content creator. I do not follow random accounts or accounts that are trying to be funny. Most of the time they end up retweeting celebrities or other humor accounts and that is not exactly what I want in my stream. The same is true for Google+. If you want the best content do not follow 3000 or 4000 people. Hand select a couple hundred and try to limit it to just those that are interesting.

Being Selective is the Key to Enjoying the Internetsocial media users

Let's be honest, there is a lot of junk on the Internet. In fact, there is much more junk than quality. Sometimes we have to fish through the junk to get to the quality but there are curators that make it much easier. If you are new to Twitter or Google+ I would strongly suggest taking your time when it comes to following accounts. If you sign up today and immediately follow 500 people there is a good chance you are going to get some junk in your stream. Rather than fighting this losing battle from the beginning make certain to follow only those that have the best stream. I would strongly suggest taking out anyone that posts something that is of no interest to you. This will make it much easier in the long run. People often tell me that it is just too hard to clean up their Twitter following or those they circle on Google+. If you start off the right way you do not have to worry about these issues.

Also recognize that it takes time to build a quality stream. I started on Twitter in August of 2012 and I am finally getting to the point where I throughly enjoy my stream. I have to constantly drop people and add people but it is still an enjoyable experience when I log on to Twitter. I know there are some people that do not share this feeling. They feel as if Twitter is just too noisy and they cannot find what they are looking for. You can find anything you are looking for if you have been selective with who you follow. If you have been on Twitter for years and you cannot start from scratch it never hurts to open up a new Twitter account. I always use a random email address anyway as I have no desire to deal with all the email alerts that Twitter likes to send for every mention, favorite and follow. I am not certain they still do this but it was a huge pain in the rear end when it was coming to my direct email.

When getting started on Google+ it is imperative to follow the right people. If you end up following spam accounts that only want to gain the system and grow their following you are going to get tons of cat pictures and silly gifs. If this is what you are looking for more power to you. I would rather learn about some of the newest Google products and understand where Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Amazon are going in the near future. Whatever you are looking for you should be able to find it on Google+. When I first started I added whoever I could just because there weren't that many people using Google+. Now with over 500 million people signed up, it should not be all that hard to find those of similar interests. I would suggest checking out some communities before going through the adding of shared circles.

Make Your Social Media Experience Enjoyable

Making a social media experience enjoyable is not that difficult. You must first think about what you want to get out of social media. If you want quality information from big names there is nothing wrong with following some writers and bloggers and not commenting. In fact, this is what most people that use social media do. Do not feel as if everyone is out there getting hundreds of retweets or hundreds of shares. It simply is not the case. Most accounts have a few hundred followers and they post every now and again. I have very few in real life friends that are super active on social media. I think people see some of the people that are active and they feel as if they should do it as well. Do what works for you and sometimes that is simply lurking around and looking at the great content. If you do not want a ton of garbage in your stream lurking might be the best way to go. If you start commenting and talking to other people that comment you are going to make your stream a little bit more noisy.

I often wonder what it would be like to create a Twitter or Google+ account and just follow a handful of people. It would be such a different experience. I follow about 400 people on Twitter and about 500 people on Google+. Anytime I start to get into some of the bigger numbers I go in and clean out the amount of people I am following. With social media people come and go. There are some weeks and months in which people are talking and chatting it up quite a bit and there are other months when you do not hear from them. This is especially true when it comes to sports. Remember to be selective and only follow those that are going to make your social media experience much better.




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