I am new to Active Rain, but kind of a fool for technology.
Smiliar to any networking site, it could be really easy to spend hours on end searching, posting, looking for replies, etc.
I was previously using an email program called Eudora (which is great) but switched to Outlook 2007 a few months ago. With both programs you can setup "filters" or "rules" where you can sort your incoming emails or what not. I have rules for all of my different types of emails - in-house brokerage emails go into their own folder, my marketing responses or online search emails into another and my active rain emails all sort "auto-magically" into their own folder.
This allows me to do one thing at a time as well as prioritize and spend certain times each day for specific tasks. You can set different types of notifications in both programs as well to play a sound, display a new window or what not to let you know when you have new mail in a given folder.
I would be curious to know what other people to do manage or check/respond to their blogs and posts.