What's your social media drug?

The Shifted Librarian has written an interesting post here, in which they describe which Social Media tool they currently use and the reasons for their choice.

Deciding which Social Media tool you're going to use and then sticking to it, is actually harder then it might seem, despite the fact that many of them offer very similiar functionality they could potentially all be used for different purposes.

For example Facebook could be for friends and family, LinkedIn could be for business contacts and colleagues. Twitter could be for friends and family for updating them on what you're doing and your Blog could be the place where you "sell yourself" and write more detailed posts on what interests you and what is important to you. But as the Shifted Librarian says how can you..."keep up with everyone all the time"

In the post the Shifted Librarian describes how they use a tool called Friendfeed which consolidates all their Social Media feeds (including updates from their friends) into one single application. I've been using Friendfeed as well for a while and have to say I'm not a big fan, I can see how it is being used but I'm still not inclined to use it to see what my friends are doing, although I am registed and do "feed" my updates from Facebook, Twitter and delicious to Friendfeed.

The Shifted Librarian's post also has two pieces of advice, which no one should ignore:

  1. "Never hit the "older" or archive button - this will just open up a whole world of trouble
  2. "If you keep refreshing it will never, ever stop"

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    # by Lisa Salazar - Saturday, January 17, 2009

    I prefer Twitter for quick check-ins. I wish more of my family used it so we could be in touch during an emergency.

    I use Multiply for personal blogging. Just now starting to let trusted online buddies to follow me on Twitter.

    I use LinkedIn for professional relationships.

    Then my two colleagues run a professional blog, Three Geeks and Law Blog, to comment and identify on legal technology and marketing trends.

    Great question!

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    # by Lisa Salazar - Saturday, January 17, 2009

    I use Twitter for quick updates. I actually wish that more of my family used Twitter so we could stay in touch in the event of emergencies. And if they had Twitter, I could have apprised them of my recent travels to London and Paris.

    I use LinkedIn to develop professional contacts.

    I use FaceBook to stay in touch with friends that have moved on; former colleagues, old classmates.

    I use Multiply for personal blogging and develop friendships in other cultures. I am slowly allowing trusted online buddies to follow me on Twitter.

    Great question!

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    # by Lisa Salazar - Saturday, January 17, 2009

    Oh, and my two colleagues and I run a professional blog to track legal technology and marketing trends at Three Geeks and Law Blog. They are much more active than I . . .