What started as a trickle, has now become a full-fledged industry standard. Yes, I’m talking about those tiny status updates you see on every social network. Let’s not forget that as much as the once derided IM has become a productivity tool, and IMO so will Status messages. But, with great awareness comes great adoption and finally confusion on how to use them efficiently.
In my experience there are two kinds of network updates I encounter these days: one comes from the simple content creator networks like Twitter, blogs, etc… which then feed into a container network such as FriendFeed. So, let’s take a look at proper network update etiquette & frequency for the two types.
1. Stand-alone Network Updates (where Conversations are started)
* Your Blog – Optimal # of content updates would be 2-3 short posts or 1 thought piece a day
* Twitter – Many, many times a day – Add me on Twitter
* Facebook – Posted Items & status (purely social) many times a day
* LinkedIn – Professional status update once a day – Here’s my professional brand
2. Consolidated Network Updates (where Conversations happen)
* FriendFeed – Never – Follow me on Friendfeed
I know. I just let FriendFeed populate with updates from all my other stand-alone networks from Twitter to Pandora. It’s interesting that Facebook is now trying to move from being a conversation starter to being a conversation playground like FriendFeed. A case in point is their opening up of comments within the News feed earlier today.
How many social networks are you a part of and how often do you update content?