Social networking sites are all the buzz, and although you usually here about the BAD things that happen because of them–i.e., predator stalks victims pretending to be interested in them romantically; people get fired because of the stupid things they post or pictures they put on their pages; teenagers cyberbully other teens to the point of suicide or murder–I do think they have a place in our world.
And all of the things posted above give me ideas for books, although that is NOT why I am on Facebook, MySpace, or Goodreads. Now, right off the bat here I’m going to be honest. I don’t remember the last time I logged in to Myspace. I HATE it. I am going to drag my butt in there as soon as I am done with this post, and update my site, but dragging I will be. I find the layouts clunky and hard to read, the updates hard to follow, and in short, I don’t get what I am looking for there.
Facebook? A whole different story. In a bat of an eye I can see status updates, check out people’s profiles pages without busy backgrounds, cloying music, or hours of searching. I can read the funny things that people say, and decide when and if I want to follow them, or even more, if I want to possibly read their work.
Because I am not just a writer, I am also an avid reader.
I have reconnected with many old friends on Facebook, as well. And I have met many new fans of my books, which is a fabulous thing. I love meeting people who have read my work.
As a result of Facebook, one of my old high school friends told me that not only had she READ Wives and Sisters, but she had loved it and then loaned it to her mother. All without having any idea that I had written it! When she started looking at my profile, she saw a picture of it and it clicked.
The one thing I DON’T like about Facebook? I can’t seem to find a way to send people directly to my page. Anyone have any idea how to do this? If you do, let me know.
My friend Mandy, who is a dance teacher, has found it is a great way to connect NOT only to people who want to join our dance studio, but also with teachers and choreographers! In short, it is a SOCIAL NETWORKING site, emphasis on the NETWORKING.
And I find it entertaining and fun. Sometimes TOO entertaining and fun.
So, tell me, do you Facebook? Do you like it? Do you think Myspace’s days are numbered? I do!
Oh yeah, and how do I link to my page?