Batching & Automation Challenge, Day 11: Social Networking

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This post is somewhat connected to my previous post about batching your distractions.  Over the past decade, social networking has consumed the world.  If I had to pick one thing that people “waste” the most time on, it wouldn’t be watching TV.  It wouldn’t be playing video games.  It’s social networking. 

Arguably, it’s not a waste of time.  Social networking has a lot of great benefits to a wide range of people all over the world.  Its professional uses are absolutely valuable (especially with sites like LinkedIn), and it can probably be credited with keeping many friends and family connected when they otherwise would have lost touch.  There’s no doubt it’s a powerful element of our society today.

You don’t need me to explain the prevalence of social networking – you were probably on Facebook before you read this blog post, and are probably heading to Twitter afterward.  Let’s dive into what I’m batching today.

Because keeping up with social networking can be very time consuming if you’re a part of multiple networks/sites, there’s a great piece of free software available that you may already be familiar with:  TweetDeck.  No, it isn’t just for Twitter.  TweetDeck connects with your accounts at Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn to allow you to see and post updates all from one platform.  This completely eliminates the need to constantly check multiple websites.

If you’re a nerd like me, you have two or more computer monitors.  This is a great program to keep open on your second monitor.  I’m still not sure if this is more of a distraction than a time-saver though.  In addition to TweetDeck’s desktop application, they also support the iPhone and iPad.

Could this possibly cause me to interact more with social networking sites?  Either way, I’m excited about the ability to batch the social networking sites that I frequent the most. 

Time Savings

  • Estimated time spent checking multiple social networking sites separately: 45 minutes/day (5.25 hours/week)
  • Estimated time spent with TweetDeck, batching my social networking sites: 30 minutes/day (3.5 hours/week)
  • Monthly time savings: 6-7 hours
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