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I think I’ve gotten in over my head. Maybe because I’m such an introvert, I think that having multiple social media accounts is going to make me popular. It could make me a pest. I’m always wondering if I have gone overboard, or if I have a good balance of accounts, or if I’m lacking. Here’s are the social media I have accounts and why:
1. WordPress: Well, this is a no-brainer. It’s my platform, my soap-box, my “self-publishing” vehicle. It’s given balance to my marriage (now I no longer complain when my husband wants to go out star-gazing. His absence is my opportunity to write).
2. Facebook: I only started a Facebook account once I realized that that was where all the pictures of my grandniece and grandnephews were going. More than half of my FB “friends” are relatives (I have a lot of cousins, really A LOT of cousins) and we’re pretty spread out geographically so I don’t feel I can let go. And then I got a FB page for myself. If you want to see it, just click on the Like button to the right of this post. PLEASE! Click on the damn Like Button! I know something truly amazing will happen once I get more Likes! FB promised me that I could do more (although I don’t have a clue what that more is).
3. Twitter: I started twitting (I know, it’s “tweeting” but I like “twitting”) a few years ago, got bored with the endless chatter about what everyone had for dinner and dropped out. But I’ve dropped back in and I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’m following a lot of indie publishers, self-published authors, and the such. I really enjoy promoting other writers and artists. If that’s all I do on Twitter, then right now that’s good enough for me.
4. LinkedIn: This has kind of been an albatross for me. Again, I joined a few years ago, thinking I would eventually find it useful for future job searches. But my account (and network) is currently geared toward my daytime work. I recently adjusted my profile to include my blogging as an occupation (a change which caused some in my network to think I had actually changed jobs).
5. Red Room: Now Red Room is something that my fellow writers may want to check out. It’s free and you can post stories, articles, etc. as well as your blog. Unfortunately, it doesn’t interface with WordPress, so I have to remember to copy and paste my blog posts.
6. Tumblr: Because I can send my blog posts directly to Tumblr as I can to FB and LinkedIn and Twitter. I haven’t been very active on Tumblr. It’s not very easy to navigate and find people to follow, but when I do make the effort, it seems that Tumblr bloggers will reciprocate.
7. Google+: This is a frustrating one for me. On the one hand, Google+ allows you to create “circles” and you can select what you share with which circles. Sort of like the Groups feature on FB but easier. On the other hand, users seem to prefer that their Google+ connections comment on their original blogs (WordPress or Blogspot), not on Google+. And like StumbleUpon, I have to go back to my post and “share” it to Google+.
8. And now, to add to this soup of media connections, I’ve signed up for Klout. Undoubtedly, this will be just another way for me to agitate over my scores, my “popularity,” quantity over quality. I read about Klout through Randy Ross’s blog The Loneliest Planet. Randy provides a rundown of his social media accounts as well. His Klout score (at the time of his post) was averaging at 53. With just my Twitter account, Klout put me at 45 and I don’t have anywhere near the following that Randy does. So this will be interesting. Klout will take 24-48 hours to compile all my data and come up with a new score. I’ll let you all know if I turn out to have as high as a score as my President 😉
I’m attracted to this sort of data mining because I am a nerd at heart. Recently at my day job, I figured out how to write a stratified random sampling query in SQL Server 2005. You’d think I had won the lottery I was so excited over this. I guess you had to be there.
So what social media accounts you have? Do you actively engage in all of them, or just some of them? Outside of your blog, which ones, if any, have you found to be the most useful? Nerdy minds want to know 😉