Information overload can happen when you follow or friend too many people on your various social networks, making it necessary to clean house. Here are a few tips for keeping your social networks tidy and your updates clutter-free.
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Just because Jimmy Kimmel's National Unfriend Day has come and gone, it doesn't mean you should stop considering a little social media house cleaning.
Blogger Louis Gray makes it clear that less is more when it comes to finding the right mixture of personal and open communication between friends, family and followers through social media. By pairing down the number of people you're following through Facebook, Twitter and other sites can help distill information more clearly. grey suggests the following:
For every new service I try, I can automatically discover who else I am already linked to, and get the chance to add them to my network. As others do the same, this increases the volume of service notifications by e-mail, and consequently, the number of updates on each site is proportional to your social graph at the source hubs - usually Facebook, Twitter and Google. Therefore, a reduction of people on any or all of those three services reduces the noise in all other places.
To make it easier on you, Facebook has simplified the process of quickly removing friends. Under for the Friends tab, clicking "Edit" will show you a small list of recently updated friends. Using the drop down you can filter out friends by "All Friends", "Recent", etc. Having a broad look across your social graph, you can quickly setup filters to defriend people you've lost contact with.
While it would help to have "Trends" similar to Google Reader to better understand who updates the most frequently, or better, whose updates you consistently follow and filter out people based on it, it's OK to setup mental filters:
- Do you contact this person on their birthday?
- Has it been more than a year since you've messaged this person?
- Is this someone who tweets or updates on a consistent basis, e.g. daily, weekly?
- Is this someone who simply retweets information, or actually adds thought and opinion?
Facebook may limit the amount of third-party interaction with the site; Twitter on the other hand lets third party apps get their hands dirty. ManageFlitter, Nest Unclutterer and SocialToo are a few such apps to analyse your Twitter stats.
These are just a few methods to get your social networks under control. If you have any other great ways to filter, clean, and organize your friends and followers, share them in the comments.