#Writer’s #Platform Challenge: Facebook and Twitter

Day 3: Facebook

Facebook (n) – Internet based social network that allows you to share ideas, pictures, video, and information (often irrelevant), with “friends,” family, and people you wouldnt even label as “associate.”

For those of you who are connected with me on Facebook, you know I’m a major slacker when it comes to updates and getting involved. I’m not really a fan. At times it seems superficial and other times overwhelming, but the task for Day 3 suggested some important tips that would help me better use Facebook as a tool. Hopefully they are helpful to you as well:

  1. Update your status regularly. Since I have connected my Twitter account to post on Facebook, this should be easier, but updating your status daily helps your fellow facebookers know you’re alive.
  2. Join relevant groups. For writers, there are a TON of groups you can join. I am a member of Wordsmith Studio’s Facebook group and when I was active with NaNoWriMo, I joined a group there as well and made some connections.
  3. Follow relevant fan pages. There are fan pages for writing organizations, magazines (like Booth), publishers, literary events, and even other writers (like Kelli, or Mariya). You hit the “like” button, and their shared information will populate your “Pages” feed. Easy, right?

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, update your profile to reflect changes in your writing life and don’t forget to fill out your “About Me” section. I’ll be spending some time taking that advice.

 

Day 4: Twitter

Twitter (n) – Internet based social networking portal that allots its users 140 characters to express ideas, share links, photos, and videos while connecting them with like-minded people around the world.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I am wittier there than I am on the blog. Sometimes (Ok, the people who tell me I’m witty are usually nodding yes when I ask them with my scary eyes). It’s easy to connect with other writers, publishers, agents etc to hear what they are talking about and reading online. The Day 4 task was simple: get tweeting!

Hootsuite Dashboard

I use Hootsuite to schedule my tweets when I have too many links to share all at once. Great tool if you have multiple accounts or if you like to follow different searches (“poetry”) or hash tags (words that become searchable when written like this: #writer).

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Friend me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/maxiesteer

Follow me on Twitter: @maxiesteer

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Many people have reservations about joining these networks. What are your hangups or deal breakers with social networking online?

 

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