Due to the size and popularity of social media, you are probably wondering how you could collect the information for yourself across several networks. This need created what is now called Social Media Data Aggregators, and it allows you to collate the information you seek into one space online. Such services allow people to manage different networks in one area, and even post new status updates from that space into the networks you want to update; it frees you up from having to visit separate sites to find out what is going on and to inform your followers about new happenings in your life or company.
Social media data aggregators are made possible because the developers on those social networks released APIs. APIs make it easy for third party developers to create new service or apps that will use the data found on your account in a way that will make your life either easy or more fun.
Some steps to take in taking control of your out-of-control social networking accounts using social media data aggregators.
1. Search by using a search engine to find different kinds of services currently available online or a stand-alone apps on mobile devices. A keyword search term you can start with is “social media data aggregators” to show you a list of services available. One example of a service is Hootsuite.
2. Do a research on the aggregator you’ve chosen to see if it is legitimate and not a phisher trying to mine login information. For example, if you see many positive reviews on a site you trust, such as CNET or LifeHacker, it’s a safe bet that the aggregator is safe.
3. Sign into different accounts you manage, then verify or agree that you are allowing a third-party to access your social media account.
4. Explore the aggregator’s interface. Within each service, you will find that some have “streams,” posts made by the people you are following on a network. Each service will be set up differently, and you will need to explore its features.
5. Use the service to test out the aggregator by posting statuses to assorted networks you have logged into in step three. Find out if you can only posts text, or if you are able to share photos, videos, and other media.
You are now well on your way to effective management of your accounts you hold without having to worry if you might have missed a place or two to check or update on.