This is the age of social media. If you didn’t already know this, then please climb out from under your rock and pay attention.You have apparently missed the last five years.
Several years ago I made a Myspace account at the urging of some friends. Within weeks I had been sucked into the void and had become obsessed with music, backgrounds and updating my status. I connected with a ton of people from high school..even the ones I really had no urge to EVER reconnect with. Why is it that people I hated in high school always find me? As with everything, after a while, it got played out.
My ex, of all people, convinced me to come over to Facebook. Promising me less spam, actual adults and better games. So kicking and screaming I made an account over there. I will admit that I miss being able to change my background like on Myspace. I kinda enjoyed being original in my background and song choice. I don’t miss people putting so much crap on their page that it wouldn’t load. Seriously people, were you not aware that a moving background, five videos, some cartoons and a song player wouldn’t overload other people’s computers?
Today you can hardly turn on the tv anymore without seeing Facebook plastered on there for some reason or another. There’s even a movie about it now. Between privacy issues and Big Brother, something is always going down.
Twitter was something I joined a few months ago to follow my workout mentor @ChaleneJohnson. Then my awesome cousin @JulieALindsey decided to get on and pursue a writing career. I love Twitter because I’m weird about my Facebook. I shall explain. I am very strict about who I approve on my Facebook page. I don’t friend people I don’t know. I have pictures of my kids on there, it’s a privacy thing. I rarely “like” things either, with the exception of a few celebrities or music groups. My page is on lockdown unless your on my list. Twitter is awesome to have for everyone else. Not that I think my followers are creepers, HA, but a girl has to be careful these days. I don’t think its smart to post where you are at that very moment and I take my kids privacy very seriously. You will never see me twittering : “Hey everyone! I’m at McDonald’s on Cleveland Ave come say hello…oh and kidnap me…PLZ RT” (oh, PLZ RT means please re-tweet to all you non Twitter people). Seriously though, where else can I follow a squirrel and something called the “fart machine”. No where.
Now, I have checked my Myspace maybe once since last year. Actually, I may have deleted it. That’s how long it’s been. I got rid of all those pesky high school people I never wanted on my list in the first place in doing so. I am on Facebook and Twitter everyday. I love talking to people. And now I have this blog to play around with too. Without social media you would never get traffic to your blog either. It all starts with Facebook and Twitter. You can network, chat and connect with people from all walks of life. But this much social media takes a big chunk of time. Want people to read your book? Gotta promote it. Want people to come to your blog? Gotta promote it. Want to keep in touch with relatives and friends? Gotta check your email and Facebook. I can’t imagine how writers especially, have time to do everything. My fabulous cousin isn’t even published yet but she is doing guest blogs, her blog, creating a web presence, writing AND being a full-time mom. I can only imagine being under a deadline as well. I have a hard time some days and honestly, I’m pretty sure no one would miss me if I disappeared for a couple of days. I don’t though. It’s an addiction. I guess it’s better than crack….
Then there is LinkedIn, Google Connect, Yahoo crap…the list goes on and on. It isn’t going anywhere either. I suggest just jumping in and treading water…hope your legs don’t tire easy.