Blog | Aug 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

[abandoned web-estate]

[unused social media sites]

I recently visited several web locations and accounts that appear to be abandoned. It happens to the best of us in this fast-paced, new-site-a-day social media world. But it’s time to respect our environment and do some clean-up.

Our church’s Facebook group recently received the dreaded foreclosure notice.

Then, in the process of creating a new page, I discovered two other pages associated with the church. One is useful in a limited way (dedicated to our labyrinth) and appears somewhat regulated; the other has only been up since September but seems to have been abandoned almost since it was created. It took weeks to find out who the admins of these pages were so they could be modified or taken down.

I’ve recently visited other web locations that don’t have current content.

On Facebook, unmonitored pages are just a landing place for spam links. When I see them, I report them, but I can’t remove the posts without being an admin. It occurred to me that it might be easier it to navigate the social web if people removed irrelevant, unused “real estate” and deleted accounts/profiles they don’t intend to use any more. For the sake of your community, if you’re the admin of a page that you don’t have the time to manage any more, please pass the torch to someone else.

I have some housecleaning of my own to do.

Nearly every day, I get emails about new followers and status updates from people I follow on Quora and Amplify. And I haven’t visited those sites in a couple of months. Of course, we’ve been told by social media pros to protect our personal brands by nabbing all the “real estate” we can, so we created an account with our personal or brand name on every available social media site—which now number in the thousands. God forbid someone should nab “wagnerwrites” on an obscure site and try to sell me the account, like the people who bought up thousands of domain names in the names of celebrities, brands, corporations, or market categories, and make now a good living selling them to the people who actually need to use them.

We also tend to continually chase the next best thing in social media.

Had you noticed? We all rush to join a new site and then take bets about whether it will truly catch on. That is what led to my abandoned Quora and Amplify accounts. They were worth a try but since I now have zero interest, the responsible thing to do is to stop attracting followers who are wasting their time connecting to me. If I could just figure out how to delete the accounts.

I hope to see you regularly on this blog, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. And occasionally on Tumblr.

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Author: Claire Wagner

I'm a seasoned freelance writer/editor and an enthusiastic community manager. I'm passionate about developing and sharing good content.

2 Comments

So true. The problem with my abandoned Quora foray is that my Quora profile is the second thing that Google shows when you Google my name. I either have to get on and start answering questions or delete the thing. Great, now we have online housecleaning to fall behind on!

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Claire Wagner Reply:

I never liked Quora! But you inspired me to check on Google and fortunately, it is not in my top results. However, I was surprised to find a result for “She Writes,” a member site I joined but never contribute to. So these profiles do haunt us.

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Anne Janzer

8/11/2011

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