Thursday, July 23, 2015
How Can We More Effectively Manage Multiple Social Media Networks?
Each time I join a social network I try to determine my purpose within that network. There are times common threads run across my social media accounts, but I try to post differently in all networks so friends who follow me across spaces see different updates. I suppose this could make me appear one dimensional if you only follow me on one network, but I'm hoping it works toward my purpose.
My Purposes within Social Media
Twitter: Twitter has really become my professional home. I want to apologize to every friend outside of my educational life who decides to follow me here. For me, Twitter is all about networking, finding information, joining professional conversations, and making learning connections. I host three accounts (yes - I may have a problem). My main account, @CathyMere, is focused on professional conversation around literacy, technology, and practices that grow the work I do with children. I also host an account to support public education, @PublicEd4Kids. Here I follow, and occasionally tweet, about policy, politics, and information that supports public education. My last account is where I share information for our school community about reading. From @DarbyCreekReads, I send important updates to parents, share reading information, and post learning celebrations from my students.
Google+: Google+ is one of the spaces people keep pulling me into despite all of my efforts to resist (my Google+ account). I've come to enjoy Google+ and use it entirely for professional purposes. I find Google+ to be my favorite space for working in learning communities. The ability to create groups, organize subheadings within communities, interact with others in connected conversation (all in one space), write updates with more information, add links/images/etc., and other features make this the perfect space for gathering as a community.
LinkedIn: I recently joined LinkedIn and use it only for professional purposes as I kept getting requests to join. I really haven't explored its abilities to connect and interact.
Pinterest: I use Pinterest for personal and professional reasons. This is probably the one space where my worlds collide most. My main account, Catmere, hosts personal and professional boards. You'll find me posting links to favorite recipes, quotes I find inspiring, writing mentors, and links to rethink education. I also host two other Pinterest accounts: Cathy Mere Books (Started when I was having problems with Listmania. Here I collect links to book collections I like to return to for teaching.) and Mrs. Mere's Class (Links for families).
Instagram: I'm the last to jump on the Instagram bus. My daughter convinced me I needed to give it a try after watching me continually snap pictures of favorite places, flowers, and interesting things that catch my eye with my phone. I've decided to use Instagram more personally @cathymere1. I also like to share poetry here. It just seemed a good place to bring poetry and image together.
Facebook: Though I follow many educators and many education related pages on Facebook, most of my posting is personal. I use this platform to connect with family, friends, and educators I've gotten to know over the years.
For me, having a purpose and focus for various accounts makes it easier to organize the media I share. I'm hoping it helps those who follow me to see a variety of information instead of seeing the same posts across networks (though I know sometimes something has to come across my feed five times before I see it). What are your thoughts? How do you organize and manage your social media networks? Do you think it is best to send the same or different information across networks (and why?)?