Wizzlewolf's discussion G+ Google Plus! G+ got me thinking about using multiple social networks. I have yet to try Google+ (see her discussion for more thoughts and opinions about it), but I have to admit, I enjoy Facebook and I'm wondering if I will have the time and interest to maintain two different sites.
I'd like to hear more about how many networks people are a part of, and how — or if — you juggle them. Do you try to keep them up or just go with the flow, 'retiring' a network when you become interested in a new one?
I think you have to find a balance that works for you. There are several things to think about:
a. where is your audience (if you have one; that might be your students, might be your coworkers)
b. where are your fellow professionals
c. where do you have the most fun
Right now I have tabs open for Gmail, Plus, Facebook, Thinkfinity and I have Tweetdeck open. I'm not on Twitter all day, just a bit in the morning where I schedule some tweets and review the last few hours. I'm enjoying Plus at the moment because it's mostly professionals; a lot of photographers and other arts-oriented people have joined, Plus is trying to keep businesses from opening accounts yet, and it's not full of kids, so it's kind of new ground. I think that, thanks to Circles, it offers a good way to create communities without creating a "physical place" (like a website or a Facebook Group). I haven't done a Hangout (no webcam), but there has been some serious experimenting with Hangouts, even though they're only limited to 10 people; some folks performed a live concert via a Hangout, which thanks to re-streaming, was viewed by a large audience.
But, while I've really enjoyed meeting new people on Plus, most of the people I know are still on Facebook, and the pages I maintain for Youth Orchestra and such are still on FB, so I'm still there. The big question is whether I post the same stuff on Plus as I do on FB, since there are some of the same people on both. I think the trick to keeping a balance is to ruthlessly use the tools given to keep from being overwhelmed by information. I mute a lot on Plus now (I follow several name tech people, and they tend to have lots of followers and lots of replies to every little thing they say). The network I will probably drop is LinkedIn, it has been of no value to me at all.