As I’m sitting here contemplating the topic today, it dawned on me that really so many things in life could be categorized as pains in the ass. I’ve dated a few men (once each) who should just be stood up against a wall. They would qualify. But, alas, this isn’t about men. No it’s about the second most dreaded thing after a bad date.
A new social media platform.
Okay, maybe I’m overstating, but seriously? I’m a Twitter quitter. I started Facebook all wrong: I have a personal page with 5000 friends, most of whom I’ve not had the pleasure of actually meeting in the flesh. I do have an author page that is an afterthought because I have so much fun chatting with all my new friends. I’ve been told I’m doing this backwards. So what else is new?
I’m invited to so many events on LinkdIn and Goodreads I can’t possibly RSVP to all of them. My grandmother with her Southern manners would be dismayed.
I’m in several circles on Google+, but I can’t even remember my password to get into the thing.
And let’s not forget all the groups and chats I’m supposed to participate in.
I receive endless alerts that my “friends” have started following me on Pintrest. They really shouldn’t follow me, I have no idea where I’m going.
And now I get invitations to Ripple and Riffle and….oh, you name it, each touting their abilities to make me a bestseller.
The whole thing smacks of late night television with it’s Hucksters trying to sell me products guaranteeing my overnight financial independence.
And it makes me want to scream.
Really this social marketing thing has just become too much, almost to the point that it is just white noise. When I get invitations to events from folks I’ve never heard of, or a come-on for the latest and greatest web-based thing that is the next “FaceBook but even better” I’m tempted to hit the delete key even though I’m genuinely interested in what folks are both reading and writing.
It is truly TMI, not to mention a pain in the ass to try to participate everywhere. And the flood of info is so great, the voices are muted, lost, in the white-noise of digital chatter.
But, I know some of it is valid and beneficial. Some of it connects readers, writers, booksellers, librarians and all other story-lovers. And god knows, if there is anything I can bore you to death with it’s talk about stories! I’d love to join in.
But on which sites, which forums?
As writers, which platforms do you like and why? As readers, same question.