How much Social Media is too much?

The World seems to revolve around Social Media these days.

Back in the good old days (5 years ago) it was all about having a blog. Now it’s about having a ‘presence’ on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.

I don’t know about you but to be honest I find it a bit overwhelming and very tiring trying to keep up.

I’ve been on Facebook for quite a few years with a personal account and also with The Garden Party Fan Page. But it has to be said, I don’t really do as much as I should to keep things up to date there. Facebook can be like getting sucked into another dimension. And before you know it a sizeable chunk of my day has disappeared.

And I recently started a Twitter account. It’s under the name of ScrapsOfMind if you’d like to follow me. I try to keep my tweets on the topic of scrapbooking, card making and papercrafts rather than sharing updates on my day-to-day life. I’ve never really been good at that sort of thing. I just figured it would be a handy sort of ‘service’ to fellow scrapbooking enthusiasts to share tips and links to useful articles etc. And because I mostly just send out to the Universe, it’s not really very time consuming.

Are you a Twitterer? Let me know and I’ll come and follow you.

But I’ve recently discovered Pinterest.

Now you might already be on Pinterest. But it was a bit of a revelation for me.

Pinterest could have been specifically designed for scrapbookers. It’s a wonderland of inspirational pictures and I love the easy way you can collect all the bits and pieces that interest you by repinning them and store them on your own boards to use and share with your friends.

With Pinterest you don’t so much follow the person; it’s more that you follow the boards which have topics and collections that interest you. A great idea as it filters out the stuff that you’re not really interested in and so you don’t have to wade through it.

Incidentally, if you want to check out my Pinterest boards you can do it here. Hopefully there’ll be some stuff that will interest you there.

Social Bookmarking used to be very big a short while ago with sites like Delicious, Digg and others. I had accounts on many of them.

One of my favourites was StumbleUpon where you can choose a topic, for example ‘scrapbooking’, and it will serve up heaps of random sites on that topic that others have given the thumbs up to. You can give your own thumbs up to the ones you like and boost their circulation to even more people.

But after a while I find it all does start to be a bit too much and I have to cut back and choose where I want to spend my limited amount of social media time.

How about you? Do you play on social media sites?

And which are your favourites?

Why not get social about social media in the comments below?

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3 Responses to How much Social Media is too much?

  1. Laura Kelly September 21, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    I use FB to keep in touch with close friends and family but have scrapping “likes” also. Twitter is almost all scrap related. Lets me look quickly at what’s happening. Pinterest is just plain fun and can be indulged in as little or as much as I want. Of course I have scrapping boards but also lots of “I love this” boards. That’s enough to keep me busy and I don’t panic if I miss a day or two.

    • karooch September 21, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      That’s two of the things I love about Pinterest, Laura. No pressure to keep things up to date and being able to set up boards on other stuff if I want without diluting the scrapping stuff. It’s like a visual filing cabinet.

  2. Antoinette October 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    You name it, I have an account :p I use FB the most, twitter occasionally and Pinterest often, but I can stay away from it as well (unlike FB, where I HAVE to log in at least once a day). Pinterest gets my creative juices flowing and it helps that I’m a sucker for picture galleries!