Time management tips for social networking sites

  • Select only two sites for social networking. One for professional and another for personal network. I use Orkut and LinkedIn. Do not accept invitations for new networking sites from your friends.
  • Do not accept friend requests from people you haven’t met or with whom you don’t share a passion. This will help you save time, avoid unimaginable online and real world safety troubles. Also, your friends list will be less cluttered so you can stay in touch with them more ease and closeness.
  • Do not use social networking sites as a timepass, chat or mail applications. Use it to trace them where they are. Watching their latest photos and videos should be ok. It is easier than mailing them. But, rather than scraping send them occasional personal mails. Reply for a scrap via email and realize that you would save time from the incessant scraps that would have followed if otherwise. I value mails more than scraps. And I hate this “Happy xyz day” wishes sent to all friends in the list.
  • Do not have email notification of scraps. Email notifications can distract you and make you login to these sites quite often. If someone is really going to die if you don’t reply them immediately, they would not choose to scrap. Stay cool.
  • Stop reading scraps in other’s pages.
  • If you are reading messages from communities, then God save you. Stop it. Better, Unsubscribe. You can always find the information and people without these communities.
  • You are smart. The world knows. So, you don’t need to change that photo 3 times a day.
  • Do not try to use it as a matrimonial. Live in the real world. I always hear that girl friends can be met in bars!!


7 responses to “Time management tips for social networking sites”

  1. >> Do not have email notification of scraps.

    how about mailing lists? to be honest, I no longer read ****** mails as and when they come!

    I wish orkut introduces more security features like facebook etc. Except in few countries like India, Brazil and Iran, Orkut is generally considered a pornographic site. I know people who find being on orkut to be a disgusting aspect!

  2. Ravishankar Avatar

    I will write separately about time management in other online activities. Regarding groups, it is ok to be a part of groups with a clear, productive and measurable purpose. For example, the free Tamil computing group and Tamil wiktionary. For these we can set no-email mode and check them once in a week. Discussions there would be technical/objective so even if we spend time there, we would be learning something in the process. When there is nothing but chit-chat in a group, it’s time we unsubscribe.

  3. //Do not try to use it as a matrimonial. Live in the real world. I always hear that girl friends can be met in bars!! //


    No Orkut. Only Facebook.

  4. Hey, great tips!

    Currently, I’m in most social networks, but I don’t really spend much time there.

    Yet, the biggest distractions for me are those email notifications that flood my inbox. Time to turn them off!

    Thanks for the heads up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ravishankar Avatar

    prakash – Orkut is more popular among indian and brazilian users i guess. it will be helpful if u can give a orkut Vs Facebook comparison, from ur experience.

    shankar ganesh – i am glad that atleast one of my tips was useful to someone ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Orkut is not a popular service among my friends in university.

    Hi5 is the most popular one and now facebook is invading Sri Lankan market. Specially software Engineers and IT & Tech related students are using facebook.

    Now I have decided not to visit hi5 or anyother social network site. I’ll restrict my self into Facebook! Cz it ROkCZ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ravidreams Avatar

    mayooresan » i also liked facebook and may switch there soon..facebooks’s success secret is that it is open to make a hell a lot of external apps