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.
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.
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.
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.
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.