Social media, for better or worse, has changed how we interact with our fellow man (or woman). Sifting through the information in your many streams is a topic we'll cover in another post. For the time being, let's concentrate on getting your message out. If you have an account with many different social networks, it's difficult to know which updates should go where. Some networks (or, rather, their inhabitants) are more forgiving than others when it comes to flooding your stream with the ramblings of your conscious mind. Here, we'll present a method which utilizes those nuances. We'll discuss Facebook, Twitter, and the new kid on the block, Google+.
Google+ is here to stay. Love it or hate it, my prediction is that within a few years, if you're on the web, you will be on G+ (again, this is a post for another time). The community contained therein is a remarkably neighborly bunch, and encourages sharing that river of information flooding your mind. Even if you surpass the limit of what is tolerable, your fellow Googlers can simply throw you in a different circle and pay you no mind. Hence, if you're on G+, proper etiquette says you can post more here than anywhere else without annoying your circles.
Twitter is also very tolerable when it comes to sharing multitudes of information, but slightly less so than G+. Your followers could put you in a list and browse their timeline lists separately, but few browse Twitter in this manner. That being the case, common courtesy is to limit your tweets to things you feel are of at least moderate importance. This is debatable, of course, but the basis of my thinking is this: have you ever followed someone who, occasionally, posts absolute gems, but you simply can't bring yourself to follow them because those gems are sandwiched between 75 mundane tweets a day? I rest my case.
Facebook is even less forgiving. If you're like most, your Facebook friends are people you know personally. They don't follow you because they like what you have to say, necessarily. They follow you because they like you, they're a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, etc. Mostly, they could care less about the latest political story that just hit the web, or that new app you found- their interest in you is more personal.
Assuming you agree with all this, we can discern a pattern: ranking these three social networks in order of those in which it is most to least acceptable to post numerous updates, and with an eclectic mix of subjects: Google+ > Twitter > Facebook.
Ideally, then, you could post all of your updates on G+, select some of those to go to Twitter, and select some of those to go to Twitter and Facebook. If that method appeals to you, read on for your ideal setup.
ManageFlitter is a remarkable tool (and a very well-designed one) allowing you to manage your Twitter followers with ease. Once you connect your Twitter account, you can filter your followers by a few parameters: those who are not following you back, have no profile image, are especially quiet, and more. It's an easy way to trim your following list (it does much, much more than this, but we'll stick to these features for our purpose). It also has a hidden gem: you can connect your Google+ account, and once you do, any posts you mark as public will be posted to your Twitter account. Those you don't wish to share on Twitter, you can simply share with specific, or all of, your circles. To do this, assuming you've created an account on ManageFlitter, click on your dashboard, select "Turn on/ off Google+ sharing" and follow the instructions.
Now you can post everything from Google+, being selective about which updates get to Twitter. But how to get them to Facebook? Enter Selective Tweets.
Selective Tweets is a Facebook application which allows you to send any Twitter update you choose to Facebook by including the hashtag #fb. So, if you're already sending updates to Twitter from G+, you can simply include the #fb hashtag to send your update to Twitter and Facebook. Just make sure you're signed into Facebook, go to the app, and enter your Twitter username. The app takes care of the rest.
Given the ever-changing world of social media, and your personal preferences, this may not always be the optimal method of simplifying your updates. For now, though, it's a painless and friction-free way to simplify your web.