This is a guest post by Tom Brauch – President of an IT services company, speaker, blogger, branding consultant and social media geek. Tom loves the “design of things” and creating authentic customer experiences. Check his brain dump out at Marketing T-Shirt.

Getting too many insights on Bundt cake recipes? Too many friends still using Twitter for their daily diary? You may be caught in the social mire.

Socialmire is about frequency and content.

Here’s what I believe is the magic formula for anyone wanting to be a respectable twitt, blogger and marketer:

Frequency:

  • 3 – 5 tweets/day
  • 3 – 5 blogs/week
  • 1 email newsletter/month. (There should be a couple of unique, juicy nuggets in here versus a summary of your blogs posts.)

Content

  1. Be relative to what you do and what I want to read about
  2. Be personal. A person should write it, just as they talk. Be you.
  3. Share knowledge.

Dont Get Socialmired.  How to regulate The Fire Hose

How do you prevent socialmired syndrome?

Reactive – If you’re already following a friendly spammer, then unfollow.

  • Yes. Your time is valuable. Just unfollow them. I know it’s hard, but Aunt Tudy will get over it.
  • Test and see. Then as needed, unsubscribe from tweets, email, blogs, rss feeds, etc…

Proactive – Measure the increase in the potential socialmire prior to following someone:

For twitter, this is easy: Just check their profile. If they are spamming every 10 minutes, then run like Seabiscuit. Before you follow:

  • See how often they tweet
  • See who their followers are

I always look to see who they’re following. You may find another great resource and it will give you a great idea of their “world.” Is it a world you want to be a part of?

Good examples of folks who know how to tweet, blog and send quality newsletters:
@theloudfew, @DesignerDepot, @copyblogger

I follow these cats because they share knowledge fearlessly. They truly understand how to sell their services — by not selling. From their content, blogs, tweets, vlogs, etc.. I get a fountain of knowledge and insight. It makes me want to hire them or work for them. Who’s helping you to build your own wealth of useful, relative, knowledge? Maybe it’s time to clean house a bit.