COM011 BLOG POST #1
SOCIAL media became less social on a person-to-person basis, for me, after University. My time was more limited. Networking circles shrunk. I stopped being consumed by grapevine tidbits. I’ve joined enough platforms … fine-tuned their privacy settings to my liking.
Selectively exposed, like a tastefully revealing outfit, I’ve become comfortable with Digital Me. Social media then became a resource for interests, a portal for my views, and a window to global discussion. All the Joins and Sign Ups are now optional; they are now places I visited if I had the time. It’s now time to be comfortable with my Digital World, and I did this using
Here are some actions I’ve taken to filter my digital world:
a. Adding people to your Acquaintance List won’t display their posts.
I still want to stay in contact with them, but to know the on-goings of my nearest and dearest people would mean going through so much content that my scrollbar shrinks down to the size of a lima bean. You can create more lists other than this, too, such as: University Friends, Co-workers… Restricted (aka my parents).
#2: Twitter lists
I use twitter to get news updates from the numerous topics I’m interested in. If you follow over, let’s say, 300 people and have everyone in one list, reading the first 100 tweets in your feed may just represent only the last minute but an HOUR of your time.
I created lists to categorize the subject, so if I feel like catching up on political news, I have a list for people like Lisa Laflamme!
#3: E-mail labels (Gmail)
The result of all my signing up and joining needed a solution. The answer was through archiving. I did this mainly for newsletters. Newsletters for mechandise. Newsletters for social change petitions. I don’t want to unsubscribe because who knows – that online deal might apply – so I applied a filter and archive them all under different ‘labels’. Gmail users wanting to do this? Here’s how.
HAVE you taken similar measures?
Have we become digital content hoarders?
Always needing to filter because we want to be in tune to it all but can’t and only read <5%?
Are you in this course for public engagement? How do we engage others while everyone’s filtering?