Here's a 2009 reslolution you can actually make some work of. Taking control of your lifestreams and aligning them where they make sense. Many of us are publishing multiple streams of our lives that allow us to connect with, broadcast and share with others. Over the years, you may have gotten a bit messy with how many streams you actually produce and how they work with each other. Here's a few tips that have worked for me.
Go through all of your streams and prioritize the ones that you really care about and use. Think about the content on them and how frequently you keep the stream up to date. The ones with high frequency and content that you think is valuable should go to the top of the list. Think of these as your social systems—the ones that are active are part of your system, if not they eventually become dying planets.
2. Plot out your lifestream junctions and intersections
Once you've prioritized the lifestreams you decide are most important, find the opportunities to intersect them where it makes sense. For example, I am very active on Twitter and used Twitsync nearly a year ago to substitute my Twitter updates as my Facebook status updates. (This service may no longer be working for new users). Having my Twitter updates on Facebook gives me one source to share links and updates though it shows up in multiple places. But for me it's effective. Another way is to take your popular streams and combine them. I enjoy using slideshare and use their widget on the left column of the blog. It's a simple way to bring multiple streams together. I've also got my delicious, flickr, and blip.tv streams intersecting on the blog. It's a simple way to combine the ones you care about.
3. Aggregate your streams
I'm not a heavy Friendfeed user, but I do like having the streams in one place—for some reason it makes things feel organized. Friendfeed is an easy way to get all your streams in one place—it doesn't take much time to set up. Another way to aggregate feeds is through search. Ligit offers up the ability to specifically search your streams and provides widgets you can put on your site or blog (I'm still playing with the service).
These are a couple of pointers, but really the most important step is the first one. Before investing time in the latest technologies or junking up your Facebook page, blog etc. Think about which social systems are meaningful to both you and your circle of peers/friends/contacts. Then start making them work together. I'd say quality is more important than quality here, making good use of two networks working together (like Facebook and Twitter) could make more sense than simply connecting all of your streams. What are your recommendations? Have any tips you can share?