Separating your social and real life
I just realized this the other day, social sites send an awful lot of "quasi-junk" mail to inboxes around the world. This person wants to share a video with me, that person commented on my video, someone sent me a shout on Digg, someone wants to add me as a StumbleUpon friend, XXYY is following me on Digg and the list goes on and on and on.
You might think I'm a social junkie, no way. I love social sites, but I actually never use them because I can't be bothered to update my status all the time, keep track of others and so on. I use the absolute bare minimum, Stumble Upon for my blog and for fun, Digg now and then, Twitter to keep in contact with my readers and others and Youtube for my music and I get at least 20 emails from these services daily. If you are a heavy socializer, I suggest creating a separate inbox for these things.
The best way to do that is creating a forwarder to shoot all these social emails to another inbox, while still being able to provide your regular email address at these sites. Is it really that important to acknowledge a friend request right away or to view that shared video 5 seconds after it's sent? Just shoot everything off to a separate inbox and spend 20 minutes at the end of the day going through your social mail. This will make your like a lot more productive and you will be interrupted much less. If you are an active social person on the web please let us know how you cope with all the emails, and other "paperwork" this generates, I'm dying to know how others do this.