Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I remember the days when I was sniffy about Facebook. I called it an empty, echoing, confusing shopping mall. And now … I’m there every day. Every day!
Not only that but I’m there as a person and as an author page.
I still think Facebook is clumsy. I resent how it hides friends’ updates from me, and shows me ridiculous ads. But …
Everyone seems to be on Facebook, and so, there I am, too. And I’m hooked by the people I chat with. It’s not Facebook that I enjoy. It’s the people on it.
It’s also one of those places where readers hang out … and authors need to get their books in front of readers somehow. On a side note, I’ve not had any luck with Facebook advertising for my books.
I still adore Twitter. So much random goodness and people being clever in 140 characters.
But other social media have vanished from my day. I rarely visit Google +. Tsu is but a distant memory. Pinterest, yeah, Pinterest and I never clicked. Tumblr quietly died for me. I never found my community there. Goodreads is too overwhelming, but I love BookLikes.
Surprisingly, over the years, discussion boards have held their own. I was once a daily visitor at AbsoluteWrite’s Watercooler. That ended, not for any bad reason, but just because things do change. People move on. It’s like moving neighbourhoods. Currently, I lurk on Romance Divas and visit at KindleBoards. Plus, I belong to a number of Yahoo Groups.
For me, the power of social media is in discovering your community, the group of people who add joy and interest to your day.
Where do you hang out?