Thursday, September 6, 2007

How to manage "the new spam" (Time Management)

Social networking sites allow people to connect and share interests online. The site that Canadians know best is Facebook, the number one social networking site in Canada. While it is exciting that websites can bring anyone together, from Star Trek fans to dog lovers to friendly people, the truth is that all of the messages you get in your in-box can quickly start to seem like spam (not just the invites, but also the messages from others in the same networks).

Here are some tips to keep your networking under control:

1. Manage your personal settings within your social network - depending on the site, there are settings under your profile that allow you to control notifications. This means that you can decide if you want to get emails every time someone requests you as a friend, etc.

2. Use a dummy email account for all social networks - don't use your work email account for your social life. If you plan to sign up for a social network, select a separate email account (such as Yahoo mail or Gmail) that will allow you to separate the social side of your online messages.

3. Just say no - if your friends are bombarding you with messages, delete them. Although most social networks can be a lot of fun, it's also very easy to waste time online on networks that you really don't need in your life.

An interesting article from City News.