Sunday, September 12, 2010

Social Networks

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me to explain Twitter to her. I failed miserably.  So many of my writer friends use it, not only to promote their books but, also to keep up with the latest publishing trends. I've tried following along but get hopelessly lost. Nor have I mastered the art of commenting on a link I post.

Add in the fact that I haven't got much to promote, and nothing different or unique to say abou the latest publishing trend, I remain silent.

Facebook, on the other hand, is my network of choice. I know my audience, it's personal, and I can share photos. I can follow not only my comments but those that come after mine.  I'm always aware of the multitude of relationships and keep my privacy settings to friends only.  Still, nothing gets said there that I wouldn't want the rest of the world to know about.

So many dear friendships have grown through the use of the comment window on blogs that I will always have a deep fondness for that medium.  I've learned a great deal about writing, perseverance, and life through the blogs I follow.  Some of them have truly surprised me.

What's your preferred method of communication and why?


  1. I've been liking Twitter more and more lately. It's much easier if you create lists and use something like Tweetdeck to keep everything organized... you can just tune in to one group of people at a time, interact if you want, and disappear when you feel like it. It's almost like the chat rooms of fifteen years ago.

  2. I *so* have a book to recommend to you that will give you Twitter in a handbasket, so to speak. Remind me tomorrow. It's at work, and my brain's operating on its last cell today. I'll be fresher tomorrow, and will open the Twitter door to you! Promise!

  3. This is an interesting question. I love Twitter for the quick & dirty, and I've met Twitterfolk that I would actually enjoy meeting in person.

    I could get into Facebook easily enough with all the bells and whistles; but I don't enjoy policing it constantly for opting out of new features, instead of opting in, and it's time-consuming and not easy to use in the beginning, imho.

    I know people say it is a thing of the past, but I still prefer the blog. I have loved blogging, and it suited my style. Because of a truly horrid summer, I have been remiss in blogging, but I'm getting ready to pursue it with gusto again. Can't wait, actually.