Process Manifesto #1: How to consume, digest, generate and share content using social media
This is my first attempt of a process manifesto. It’s a diagram of how I consume, digest, generate and share content online using different social media channels and tools. This is by no means perfect, but it has worked for me more or less. I’ve tried my best to break it down and include what I think are the most important. Fellow classmates, please:
- adopt it, modify it, add to it and make it whatever would work for you
- let me know if any of you can help me make this look better (whether a better sketch/diagram, or in Illustrator)
- make me explain anything that doesn’t make sense and help all of us refine the process
- I primarily use 4 tools/channels: Google Reader, Twitter, Posterous, and Delicious to manage my “social media” life.
- I consume information from 2 places: Google Reader and Twitter. If I like a link I found from Twitter, I add the blog RSS feed to my Google Reader. If I see a blog post that I like, I follow that blogger on Twitter. I usually spend no more than 5-10 minutes scrolling through feeds each time. But I do go back and check often (every ~4-6 hours has been average for me).
- When I see an interesting article, it generally falls into 3 categories: “too long to read now”, “worth sharing”, and “want to blog about later”. Each follows a different work flow.
- If it’s too long to read, I bookmark it to delicious using my chrome extension and tag it with “read later”.
- If it’s worth sharing, I do shift+s to share if I’m reading in Google Reader, and RT if I’m on Twitter/Tweetdeck (also see Lessons Learned below).
- If it’s something I want to blog about later, I bookmark it to delicious using my chrome extension and tag it with “future post”.
- With retweeting and sharing, you are only redistributing the content to a different group of people. Whenever possible, you should generate new content to put in the ecosystem.
- My content generally comes from 3 places: 1) discussions from AC4D classes, 2) daily observations, and 3) opinions and thoughts after reading other articles (where the “future post” tag comes in handy).
- I use posterous to share my content because: 1) I can post to it using gmail, 2) it lets me cross-post to other channels such as the AC4D blog, twitter, flickr, etc with just one click, and 3) It also auto converts all links, documents, photos, videos, etc into the appropriate formatting.