Use social media intelligently rather than be its slave.
Yesterday I congratulated two bloggers who declared to the world they had quit Facebook by deleting their accounts. Today I had to advise an individual I had no LinkedIn account. I have no Facebook account. I attempt to keep Google and Yahoo at arms length. With caution I am on Twitter, I am also playing with the idea of accounts with Pinterest and Tumbler.
I am wary of social media because they abuse and misuse personal information, in fact for many of them they have in their terms and conditions a requirement that if I use their services they can use and misuse my personal information and intellectual content that I give to them for their gain with no compensation to me. My personal information and content is my payment to them for using their services, which they will violate as much as they like.
There are of course positives as well as negatives of using various forms of social media, and it is down to the individual how such tools fit into their lives. For me my personal information and intellectual property is sacred, and I get upset when it gets violated by faceless corporates. I can live a life successfully without such social sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, there are alternatives to keeping in contact with those that matter rather than the junk one can accumulate from using such social sites.