Social Media Accounts – Too Many?

Man, it’s been a while since I did one of these reflection posts – and apparently, beginning my posts with the word “Reflection” isn’t good for SEO – who knew?

But anyway, what I’m here to talk about is social media accounts, and how we go about updating them.

Now, before I go on, to be clear, I don’t use Facebook as I have serious issues with their terms of service (I’ll probably end up needing to get an account there at some point, but want to hold off on that for as long as possible), and still, I get overwhelmed figuring out what to put where and how to keep everything up to date.

Here is what I have:

  • This blog
  • One Twitter page
  • One ask.fm page
  • Three active DeviantArt accounts
  • Three practically unused Google/gmail accounts
  • Several barely-used accounts on various forums

And yet this is nothing compared to what I hear some people have.

Apparently, each social media site has its strengths and weaknesses, things that belong there and things that don’t.  Twitter is best for more frequent, short updates, while the others are better updated less often.  Ask.fm is more a specialty site for fun, and not really meant for serious updates – more a way to let followers learn more about me.

DeviantArt is for artists, and as an artist, I find it a great way to communicate with other artists, get feedback, share work.  And they allow multiple accounts too, which is good for keeping separate portfolios and allowing people to follow what they want.  I have one main account, one for my papercraft, and a third for anime con cosplay photos.  So each of these has its own subset of my art it takes – and their journals are practically becoming additional blogs.

The downside of having multiple accounts, though, is not knowing which one to use when I want to comment on somebody else’s art – and the fact that all of them except the most active (currently, the papercraft one), tend to get neglected.  I’ve often considered combining them, but find it would be more trouble than it’s worth.

Plus, DeviantArt has llamas.

And then there’s the all-important gmail/Google account.  I don’t use gmail for my main e-mail, but ended up getting multiple accounts here for throw-away e-mails and various alt-accounts.  I had one I used back in college, another for my previous work on a Star Control fan project, Project 6014 (really hope that thing gets revived some day), and another I think because I needed another unique e-mail for something.

I barely use any of them.  Google isn’t exactly known for privacy, so I’m not really a Google Drive user (they try to claim the rights to your stuff).  It’s mostly just for when something requires me to sign in.

So maybe it’s not too many – each of them has a role that another can’t replace, but sometimes, it sure feels like it.

So, how about you?  How many social media accounts do you have?  Do you have trouble keeping them organized?  Or tips for me to better get organized on social media?

Hope to see you on my blog or some other social media account next week.  For now, White Rakogis is signing off!

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