How Many Social Networks Can You Manage?

I asked myself this question a few weeks ago when I received my invite to join Pinterest. Still feeling the sting of hours of wasted time trying to figure out Google+ I wasn’t anxious to start all over again with yet another social networking site.

After a bit of peer pressure and feeling like I must be missing something, I activated my Pinterest account a few days ago. I was left feeling a little lost and bewildered. What do I pin? Why are my friends pinning stuff? Where do I find the time?

I set up a few boards, followed a few people and went back to my old faithfuls (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn). What I wasn’t expecting was the flood of notifications letting me know people were following my pins. After a few days of this, I started feeling guilty because I hadn’t pinned anything!

My biggest initial challenge for using Pinterest was that I spend the majority of my time “surfing the web” from my iPad or iPhone. Not my computer. On your computer you can add a convenient tab to your bookmarks that allows you to click the button and “Pin It”. I hadn’t figured out how to do that from my mobile devices.

I found this frustrating but finally figured it out. So this is my Pinterest tip for anyone who is starting to play with the site. Go to the app store and download the “Pin It” app for your iPhone and iPad. It will cost you 99 cents, but it will let you pin from your mobile devices. I still have mixed feelings about the value Pinterest will add to my social networking activities but do feel a lot more compelled to play with it now that I have the Pin It app.

Would love to hear from some Pinterest users what you think of the site and how you are using it.

Published by Wendy Forsythe

I've spent my career working with people and organizations to help them build their brands. We live in a connected world where that line between a personal and professional persona has become nonexistent. Your brand is you 24/7. This blog is about me and my life. Some of it will relate to my passion for the real estate industry and some of it will just be about me living life and exploring my interests. The opinions expressed here are my own personal opinions.

8 thoughts on “How Many Social Networks Can You Manage?

  1. Great post. I’ve found myself wondering the same thing. There are so many new networks…and many of them fall off the grid fast. I love Pinterest. The time I spend there is mainly for personal use, not for business. I’m using it to find new recipes and for decorating/design ideas. I’ve definitely purchased a few items as a direct result of a pin. It will be interesting to see how Pinterest evolves.

    1. I’ve seen several articles saying that companies are tracking product sales back to Pinterest. You confirmed that! I agree that it will be interesting to see what our thoughts are in a few months.

  2. I think, as with anything, the value of Pinterest lies in what you put into it. It’s what you make it. For me, personally, I have found it enormously useful as a resource. For me, it’s been purely personal, purely for fun.

    I had no interest in G+ because I saw it as just one more place that I was seeing the same things as I saw on Facebook and Twitter. I don’t look at LinkedIn as a “social” site, per se; its purpose is very much its own. And Pinterest is the same. It bears no relationship to any of those other sites. It doesn’t require much in the way of interaction; it’s like browsing a Pottery Barn catalog. Sort of.

    As with any social network, though, if it’s something that doesn’t gel for you or that you don’t like, you shouldn’t use it. Just because Pinterest is the current Internet darling doesn’t mean you *have* to like it (all the cool kids are doing it though). 😉

    1. Some great points Melissa. I like the way you separated the usage of the so called “social sites”. I think their collective value will go up if users start treating them differently and not reposting the same message in several places.

      Most of us cave to peer pressure… part of the reason I couldn’t resist Pinterest any longer. I didn’t like the feeling that I was missing something! I wonder at what age we stop wanting to hang with the cool kids?

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