Managing Social Media Overloads. ARGHHHH!

I’m suffering from social media overload! Maintaining my social media presence has become a burden. Being a person that thrives on social interaction, I never thought that I’d reach this stage in my life.

Let’s start with some history.

In the beginning, there was Facebook. The world of status updates was simple. Facebook even told us how to start the sentence: “Napoleon is…”

Then along came a punky upstart by the odd name of “Twitter”. Its open platform rapidly encouraged people to share links (with URL shorteners, like Bit.ly), upload and comment on photos (with Twitpic), retweet other people’s thoughts and star your favourites. All this within the space of 140 characters.

The world of status updates changed overnight. Now everyone and his mother is offering status updates, be it Sina Weibo, Google Buzz, Plaxo Pulse or Me2day memos.

Thanks to the creativity of the open source world(s) we currently inhabit, there are quite a few tools out there to manage all these conversations and they are all heading in the same direction.

Many started as tools for managing Twitter conversations, like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and Seesmic but have now integrated Facebook as well. Ping.fm allows you to manage your status updates across multiple platforms at once. But, I’m going to run through a tool that I find works very well in an office environment, for managing your work and personal messaging platforms.

It’s called “Digsby”. No it’s not related to the large fluffy dog ‘Digby’, but is almost as faithful to its master’s demands. The software comes in Windows, Mac and Linux versions, and can be downloaded at http://www.digsby.com.

Basically, Digsby allows you to collect all your email, instant messaging, social networking and microblogging accounts under one roof. I only learnt whilst writing this article that they’ve also added LinkedIn, which means that I can watch what all my business contacts (and recruiters!) are saying and decide whether to involve them in my status updates.

Remove Spyware From Your Linux OS

Even though Linux has an enviable reputation when it comes to security, there are spyware threats that target Linux systems. While there may not be as many spyware programs that run on the Linux platform, it is only a matter of time before this changes. Without a question, as more people switch to Linux, there will be more of an incentive to try and find ways to install and launch threatening applications. Fortunately, you can find software programs that will help you detect and remove spyware on Linux platforms.

Freeware Anti-spyware Products for Linux Users

As you may be aware, anyone can make changes to the Linux operating system, as well as write programs that are compatible with it. Therefore, when you are looking for freeware options, you can look for new operating system versions as well as more conventional tools and resources. Chances are, as spyware for Linux becomes more prevalent, you will find more occurrences of both solutions.

Professional Anti-spyware Removal Programs for Linux

If you visit the McAfee site, and several others, you will find they are already carrying antispyware programs for Linux. For the most part, if you know how to use similar programs for Windows, you should have no problems learning how to run the Linux versions. Therefore, learning how to safely remove spyware will be much easier than you had anticipated.

Today, every computer user needs to know how to safely remove spyware regardless of the operating system being used. While some platforms are riskier than others, shifting consumer patterns will inevitably lead to a shift in malware targets. Therefore, if you do not have spyware protection for your Linux computer, it is best to acquire it as soon as possible.