Are you like me suffering from Social Networking overload? Lately I seem to be subscribing to more and more social networking sites that profess to be the latest ‘must have’ to enable you to keep tabs on all of your online friends and contacts. it’s got so bad that I now find myself subscribing to sites that promise to amalgamate all of my social networking sites into one place and keep them all organized for me so that I can keep on top of it all!
I’ve completely lost track to be honest of just how many sites I am currently subscribed to and despite being retired and therefore able to spend a great deal of my available time online I just haven’t the time to contribute to them all. Of course the answer is to stop joining any more but as soon as I tell myself not to join or sign up to any new sites I will often find that I’ll read someone’s tweet about a fantastic new site they have found that is the next big thing or I’ll read someone's blog about a new ‘social networking’ service that’s the latest must have and next thing you know I’ve signed up and joined another one!
For my blogs I am now busy trying to find gadgets and plug-ins that let my readers know just exactly which sites I use so that they can find me, although its highly unlikely they will come across me on any of them as I just don’t have the time, and lets be honest here, if a retired Granny hasn’t the time to contribute to lot’s of social networking sites then who has? I really will have to refrain from joining any more. It rather reminds me of those Sky users who pay out a huge amount every month so that they can have hundreds and hundreds of channels and then spend most of their time just watching the same old four or five they could get for free. Besides which I have badly been neglecting my blogs of late, usually because I am too busy tweeting or else I am reading all the updates from my vast collection of social networking sites!
Let’s face it, we can only be in one place at a time when we are online, no one can be everywhere at once, and I have realised this recently having become aware of just how many new services are becoming available just to help us keep on top of all that Social Networking we are all doing. The other downside of having all of these different Social Networking sites occurred recently when I needed to upload some photographs so that my family and friends could see them. Instead of just uploading them once to one particular site, I found myself having to upload them to my Windows Live SkyDrive, my flickr account and my Facebook account which meant that because I had quite a few photos to upload the computer was busy for up to an hour or more. (Is there a photo uploading service that you can upload your pictures to once and then it distributes your pics to all of your photo sites for you, and if not why not?)
I know that I am not alone in experiencing ‘Social Networking overload.’ When the Windows Live teams introduced Web Activities to Windows Live, quite a few users on there turned most of the updates from their friends off after finding them to be ‘too noisy’. As a matter of fact, I was personally informed by someone in my Network on Windows Live that my twitter updates were ‘too much’ and so I ended up disabling most of my updates on there so I didn’t annoy others in my Network.
We might all feel that we need to be constantly broadcasting every move we make whilst we are online, every picture we take, every news article we read, every new ‘social networking’ must have we have stumbled upon, but do remember everyone, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your online friends want to be constantly reminded of your online presence or what you are doing from one minute to the next, and they just might go and turn you right off!