I'm about to graduate college, move out on my own with my girlfriend, and start graduate school in NYC. As part of it, I want to create some kind of commitment to online communities, whether to share my fun stories or post my pictures or make new friends or stay connected with old friends or to learn new things.
So I've been browsing through various new social mediums, and I'm more confused than I started. I don't want to sit on AIM and Gmail Chat while I update my Facebook and Twitter with links to my Blogspot and Flickr, all the while commenting on forums and Fark. Problem is... I don't know what to go with. To sum up my interests, I want to cast my net wide so that many people end up seeing what I write, both so strangers stumble on what I write and may befriend me and so that current friends don't have to go through too much hassle to stay connected with me.
I can gain new information through forums and will continue to do so, but they don't function nearly as well for keeping in touch with old friends or posting stories about mundane things. Blogs are nice but I have no idea which ones are the popular ones, the easy for non-members to access ones, the easy to connect with new people ones, etc. Twitter seemed interesting but I can't help but feel it's filled with a lot of noise and back and forth public discussions are kind of difficult to track. Not to mention I can't get into the feel of 140 character messages; to me they look like they spread more misinformation and incomplete thoughts than they do facilitate social communication.
What do you guys think? What do you use, what have you used, what do you like/dislike, etc.