When it comes to online communication and the various gadgets we use to keep in touch with our friends and family, we are faced with an ever-expanding number of ways to contact others constantly. From Facebook to Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and all the other social media avenues that have popped up over the last few years, the connection has become second nature.
And yes, all of these avenues are tools meant to make communicating easier for you and everyone you interact with. But as great as these tools are for keeping in touch and staying on top of things, they can quickly pile up – and I mean— making it seem impossible to manage your online life without feeling overwhelmed.
Keeping your digital life organized is almost like taking care of a small garden – it grabs attention, patience, and time. Attention to detail, time to do the tasks, and patience when it doesn’t go as planned. I found managing my life easier once I started with baby steps. These 10 tips are simple new habits to get into, while others are ways in which you can streamline the process of managing your online life.
- It’s a good idea to search for your name online periodically and take a look at the results. Check out your profiles on social networking sites, blogs, and websites. If you find anything that might make you look less than respectable in the public eye, get rid of it right away.
- Limit the number of social networking sites you frequent to just two. LinkedIn is a primary source of career and business networking, and Facebook can be effective for some, but it requires more time than most people want to spend on it.
- Be aware that most information you post on the internet can be accessed by anyone, including personal information such as home address and social security number. Most social networking sites have privacy controls that allow you to limit who else sees your posts. Don’t discuss health concerns, family matters, or deeply personal issues unless you know the other person well. Make sure you fully understand privacy controls on these sites and use them wisely.
- Build your network by connecting with people whose character you admire. The people with whom you associate reflect on your character and reputation.
- It is unwise to criticize someone in writing. Before you express a negative opinion about anyone, think about the repercussions. Remember that your words may be shared with many readers, so what you say will be public knowledge.
- Never disclose anything about your company that you wouldn’t want others to know. This includes information about strategies, goals, financials, proprietary research, trade secrets, and internal processes.
- Respect the rights of others to ownership of their creations. If you’re repeating someone else’s idea, give credit. If you are distributing pictures, make sure that you have permission from the owner of those pictures. If you use information that you found in a book, magazine, or internet, let your readers know where you found it—and don’t forget to credit the source!
- Be active on the sites that you have selected. At a minimum, keep your profile accurate and up-to-date. To increase your visibility, learn and use features that work for you.
- Make sure you visit your favorite social networking sites regularly. Set a time limit for your visits to social networking sites and stick to it. Choose a few sites you like to visit, and then make time for them every day. Don’t feel like you have to spend all day on Facebook — but do visit often enough that people don’t forget about you. Setting a timer can help keep you from spending too much time online.
- It’s essential to disconnect from the internet once in a while so that you can focus on other meaningful work. If you feel like you spend too much time on social media, ask yourself if you have a problem with Social Media Addiction.
Furthermore, some points that help you to manage your online life.
- Identifying your online schedule
- Deleting unnecessary apps
- Use a social media management tool to manage all your social media accounts and schedule posts
To have a strong presence online, you should be diligent about maintaining your online identity. You can do this by being considerate and spending time managing Your Online Life up to date.
By embracing these ten tips, you should have no problem maintaining a positive and productive flow of information in today’s digital life. And remember, all of these strategies are going to work best if you apply them consciously and voluntarily. So, start implementing them consistently and become a smarter, more organized internet user for the process.