Digital Decluttering: Things You Need To Sort or Get Rid Of

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The digital world, or whatever small space you occupy in it, can be as cluttered as the physical spaces you regularly clean and organize. But if you are like many people, you probably do not spend that much time sorting out the stuff in your computer, online accounts including storage in the cloud, smartphone, and other mobile devices. The reasons may be varied. And for some, decluttering sentimental items like old emails or messages may be hard to do. Like in real life, you might be surprised by the sheer amount of clutter you can get rid of if you take the time. If you want to start sorting them out, here are some of the things you can start working on to clear up your virtual space.

Find the space-wasters
You might be surprised how much space you can free up when you start removing digital files that are just taking up space on your computer or mobile devices. Schedule some time dedicated to finding all the space-wasters that the automatic cleaning tools may have missed out. Pay attention to old documents that you no longer need or forgot to delete before.

Sort and organize photos
Have you ever experienced sorting out digital images only to discover that you have multiple copies for some of them? You may have copies on your laptop, phone, USB, external drive, and in the cloud. Imagine the amount of space you can free up if you just store them in one digital file.

Declutter your desktop
Work can be overwhelming at times that you do not need the unnecessary stress of feeling overwhelmed by all clutter on your desktop. Opt for a minimalist look by removing folders and files.

Streamline your social media newsfeeds
The richness and quality of online interactions and friendships are not about having thousands of friends. It is about having more meaningful engagements with whatever few you have. Take some time to review your friends or contacts lists online and start unfriending if you need to.

Internet Safety: What You Should Do About It

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Let’s face it.

Data and computers have taken over people’s lives. Businesses have also permitted the world to become even more dependent on technology. Everywhere you go, you can see people burying their faces on mobile devices. Whatever you do, you can see people relaying their jobs on mainframe devices. And with these, comes a bunch of reasons why internet safety has to be more prioritized.

That being said, here’s what you should do about it:

Consider getting a VPN.

For starters, VPN stands for virtual private network. This enables a private network to work across public networks, just as it works across private networks – making your connection secured and encrypted than usual. This is ideal for large businesses and government offices, where sites can be visited without approval. This is also ideal for households with kids and teens, where sites can be visited without permission.

Be careful about malware.

By definition, malware is “a kind of software used to mess up devices, phish sensitive information, or access files illegally.” Any of these can prove harmful not just to your work life, but also to your personal life and to your family life. And with that, you should know the difference between antivirus and malware – for you to take precautions, as well as take actions immediately upon encountering this kind of risk.

Stay updated on trends.

This might seem too basic and too boring; however, it’s one way to protect yourself and others from the increasing threats of phishing, scamming, hacking, and stealing. Aside from that, this enables you to be more aware of how technology really works. Even more so, this enables you to be more cautious upon doing things like providing information, uploading videos, downloading movies, and even listening to music over the internet.

Any other tips? Let us know in the comments section below!

5 Books that Online Community or Social Media Managers Should Read

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Building and managing online communities is no easy task. Today’s fast-paced and ever-changing digital trends require innovative, adaptable, and agile strategies that keep social media managers on their toes. Given the importance of communities across different industries and organizations, managing them effectively helps keep community members engaged. Here are some helpful books that online community managers should add to their reading list.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Why read this: Whether you are selling a product or promoting a cause, your influence is only as good as your digital reach. This book explores the science behind word-of-mouth. It also delves into the persuasive power of things that go viral online.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Why read this: This book is a classic that offers insights on how to build influence. It is a great read for everyone who wants to learn how to communicate effectively with others. It also discusses the importance of empathy and how the ability to empathize builds trust and confidence with others.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
Why read this: There are many thought leaders and influencers online that can sell an idea or product in just one post. Influence is built over time. This book provides insights on how to tap into the psychology of persuasion to create campaigns that can influence others.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Take Hold And Others Come Unstuck by Chip and Dan Heath
Why read this: Creating content or sharing an idea that spark conversations is every social media manager’s goal. Engagement that involves conversations and exchanges of ideas make for successful online communities. Made to Stick is a book that takes a look into what makes ideas catch on and the types of content that stick.

Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype by Jay Baer
Why read this: For an online community to thrive, it needs to provide value to its members. It should not only be about selling ideas or products. Youtility provides insights on why sharing helpful and useful content is important in managing online communities.

Why You Should Build Better Social Media Habits

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Social media is part of many people’s lives in today’s hyper-connected world. Billions of people are part of at least one social networking site or online community. From keeping up with news to connecting with other people from around the world, social media provide opportunities for engagement and participation. But despite the good social media brings it also, as a whole, has its share of disadvantages. Uncontrolled use and lack of Internet safety awareness are just some of the challenges of posting or sharing too much information online.

Privacy. If you want to keep things private, you may want to rethink how much you are willing to share online. You may inadvertently or unknowingly share information that malicious online users and cyber criminals may use to steal sensitive information like bank account or credit card details among others.
Online safety and privacy issues are among the good reasons to avoid social media. Make sure that you know what you are getting into before you wade deeper into the potentially addicting world of social media.

Non-stop online chatter. Social media can be a constant source of non-stop noise or online chatter. Fear of missing out on the latest news and updates often lead people to spend more time than necessary keeping track of what is on their online news feed. While there is nothing wrong with following the news, spending excessive amounts of time online only add to the “noise” that may affect your focus on things that matter.

Time vampire. The digital world can be addictive. And once you get hooked, it steals your time away from more important things. It presents health issues, if left unchecked, especially when you stay sedentary for longer periods of time. Time better spent on physical activities is instead devoted to social media which presents risks on your wellbeing.

Additional work. If a typical workday involves facing your computer for hours, maintaining your social media presence could seem like added work. Keeping track of what is happening across different social websites may seem fun. But it eats up your time as you spend it checking in on your social media accounts or sites.

Affects productivity. Your goals are only as good as the things you do to achieve them. Time spent on social media that are unrelated to your goals is opportunity wasted to work on what you set out to do. It also steals time away from the things that can help you grow personally or professionally.