Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Twitter and Facebook


Note: I'm posting this a day early, since Wednesday I'll be at the hospital with my poor hubby, who's having surgery for a stubborn kidney stone estimated at 5x3 mm (whoa!). Not fun.

Twitter and Facebook
I joined the ranks of Twitter in January of last year, and joined Facebook in July. I was reluctant to do both, but quickly found I enjoyed Twitter, connecting in 140 characters or less to writers all over the country/world. I only joined Facebook at the request of my agent, who said I would need an author page at some point. Somehow I created a personal page at the same time (go figure--the mysteries of the universe), so now I have both. It's great to get to know my writer friends better and connect more easily with relatives.

Time suck?
Yes, it certainly can be. I think you have to have writerly determination made of steel in order to spend only 10-15 minutes on Facebook twice a day (my goal--don't laugh). I'm starting to try to spend less time there these days, and more time WRITING. It's a tricky balancing act, because I do enjoy making connections. These are social networking sites, and I believe they're there for purposes beyond simply spreading the news about one's book or blogposts.

Preference?
At first I liked Twitter better, but Facebook grew on me. Now, I use Twitter for connecting more to people I don't know as well, to expand my range of acquaintances. It's also great for askagent or #YAlitchat or #amreading discussions or pitching sessions. I use Facebook for connecting to the friends I already know, to deepen those relationships and get to know those people better. My author page will get more use once I have a book out in the world, I'm assuming.

YOUR TURN
Do you find yourself spending inordinate amounts of time on Twitter or Facebook?
Do you have a preference for either Twitter or Facebook?
Do you have an author page on Facebook?

37 comments:

  1. Not on Facebook yet, but I do enjoy Twitter. (For many of the same reasons you stated...)

    Had to jump over here, because I wasn't sure if am following you! *scurries off to check* : )

    EJ

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  2. Hope the surgery goes well without any hitches.
    I have Twitter and FB (not an author page though) and I think I prefer FB, but Twitter has it's advantages. I certainly don't spend enough time on either, but right now I'm trying to concentrate on my writing.

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  3. no cell = no twitter and although I have a facebook page I never go there. I have all I can do to keep up with blogging/bloggers and my writing, nevermind everything else. Now, if I could clone myself...

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  4. Both are a major time suck for me. They're just so easy to check! Mine are set up similarly to yours. Twitter is for connecting with and meeting new friends. I've kept my facebook more private. That's where I keep up with family and real-life friends. If I ever achieve publication, I'll probably have to start up an author fan page as well, but for now I just run the Chimera Dance Theater fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chimera-Dance-Theater/76334382899 (Shameless promotion).

    I hope your hubby's surgery goes well and that he heals quickly. I know how rough these kinds of things can be. :/

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  5. No, I don't have an author page on FB and I don't have a twitter account. I'll get twitter soon. I hope everything works out well for you.

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  6. I have Twitter, my blog, and FB - but no fan page. All of these social networks were launched in response to my learning about the importance of having a good writer's platform. That being said, they can be a drain to keep up. I use Twitter as a writer/business network; FB to get to know writers, artists, etc. Blogging has been the most fulfilling. Hope your hubby has a quick recovery ~ sending the best his way!

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  7. I have a FB author page, but I linked Twitter to it, so everything I tweet automatically gets posted to my wall! Yay efficiency. I really like Twitter better, though eventually I need to be more active on FB, if nothing else but to actually keep up with what my extended family is doing :)

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  8. Your poor hubby! I hear kidney stones are painful. Good luck tomorrow!

    I indulge in FB and Twitter and I like each for different reasons. I am more active on Twitter, though. I love that quick and easy 140 characters. I don't have an author page on FB, but I have a page for each of my novels. I'm wondering if I should get to creating an author page, but that seems like too much. Hmmm.

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  9. I will be thinking of you and your hubby all day tomorrow. Sending you many healthy wishes.

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  10. I use both twitter and fb. I have a personal fb page, but not an author page. I'm thinking of creating one in the near future.

    Hope all goes well for hubby.

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  11. Hi Carol,

    Thanks for the comment today at my blog. I am glad you liked the post. I really wanted to write something very special for the new student writers. It is so important to have support especially in the beginning.

    I like this question, Carol. It is so important for us to stay connected in other venues. Both have their pluses. Like you, I like Twitter for quick chats and getting info out to a major audience.

    Facebook is more personal and I save my time there for good friends.

    Good vibes are sent to your hubby for tomorrow. I hope he will be just fine right away. A good friend of mine suffers with Kidney stones too... Not fun.

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  12. Oh, I wish your husband the best. I've passed kidney stones - - no fun!!

    Yes, I have a Facebook page and I'm on Twitter and both are huge time-sucks. Do I prefer one over the other? I think they are different enough that they serve different purposes for me. But, I only go on them if I have extra time to waste in my day!!

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  13. Praying surgery goes smoothly, Carol. Kidney stones are tough. My husband gets them, but hasn't had to have surgery.

    I am on both but I tend to prefer facebook. :)

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  14. Hi. I'm new to your blog and glad I stopped by. I use both Twitter and fb. In fact, fb has grown on me of late. I'm starting to warm to it. As far as time, I need more of that and I have to shut down the Internet to get anything done, you know, like real writing.

    Best wishes for your husband's speedy recovery.

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  15. I'm not on Twitter or Facebook. I'm not into the whole social networking thing--I just blog. :P

    I hope the surgery went smoothly!

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  16. I love Twitter for that very same reason. Connecting with authors I don't know as well. It's so fun! And seriously? So many people have had kidney stones lately! Something must be in the water... I hope he recovers quickly!

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  17. I only have a personal FB page and I try to check in each night and skim the feed. But really, I don't spend a lot of time there.

    However, Twitter and blogging? Yeesh... total time sucks for me. I love meeting new authors and going down the rabbit hole of links, tweets, and blog contests, but before I know it, I've killed HOURS that could be better spent writing. (Or, in my current scenario, ripping my hair out and re-drafting the story.) I need to find a balance, ASAP.

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  18. I actually keep Facebook for friends only and don't Twitter at all. I guess I'm behind the times but I'm having enough trouble keeping up with blogging. I admire those that can do it all and find time to write.

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  19. Facebook used to totally be a time sink for me . . . but twitter is something new that I'm trying to use . . . just a little. I'll look you up soon.
    Hope your hubby's surgery goes well and he gets complete healing!

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  20. My answers....

    Yes, but in the past few months I've been spending less time on both. Yay, me.

    I prefer Twitter. I find it easier and, imo, there are fewer weirdos. I've had to delete people on Facebook, but on Twitter I rarely unfollow someone. Also, I enjoy the chats. It's a great place to learn more about the industry and connect with authors and other professionals.

    No. I "like" many author pages, but I don't see myself spending much time on them, therefore I assume if I have my own page it'll be the same situation.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  21. hmm... ok.. I did love facebook - but now I prefer twitter and mostly my page on facebook - but they are a major time suck... I might take a break again soon - I need to every now and then.

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  22. Wishing your hubby a swift recovery! Yes, Twitter and Facebook can be a huge time-suck, but I've also connected with some awesome fellow writers and readers through them.

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  23. I hope your hubby's surgery goes well. You are right- that is a serious ouch! As far as your question goes, I prefer Facebook, because it allows me to connect better with my fans. Yes, I do have a Facebook fan page, and a Twitter account. It's very easy to accrue a lot of followers on Twitter - I have nearly 800, but unless you are listed, I'm not sure how many followers will read your comments on a daily basis.

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  24. I hope your husbands surgery went well. Those kidney stones are awful! I also started tweeting last year and I created a separate Facebook page for my writing. I don't use either one much. One of my ambitions this year is to get more into them.

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  25. Hi Carol! Sure hope your hubby is doing better! I like them for the same reasons you mentioned... FB is more for peeps i know, and Twitter for writers all over the world. I like them both, and honestly only dip in now and then cuz they are such a time-suck. I do love the closed group funtion with fb and use it all the time with many different groups.

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  26. I hope your husband's surgery goes well, Carol. My thoughts are with you.

    I'm not on Twitter yet. I don't know if I'm going to open a Twitter account but I'm happy with Facebook.

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  27. I don't spend that much time on twitter, and very little on Facebook. I don't have a special author page, but then, I don't have anything to promote - yet!

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  28. Hi, Carol,
    I used to spend way too much time on Facebook. Nowadays, I log in every few days or so. Seems I go from one extreme to the other. I like Twitter too, but if I allow myself, I'll spend time chasing every interesting link I see.

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  29. I hope your husband's surgery went well! I don't spend much time on Facebook all at once, but I do check in often during the day when my mind needs a little break from writing. I joined Twitter but I never Tweet - I still haven't taken the time to really figure it out.

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  30. I"m posting this SO late and I hope your hubby's surgery went well. That's a huge kidney stone!

    Here's my problem with social networking sites...I know I will get sucked into it. I already do with my blog, hence the reason I haven't braved twitter. I have a personal facebook account that I'm on all the time, but that's only for close friends and family. If and when I get an agent, I plan on making a professional facebook page and probably will have to bite the bullet with twitter at that point too. Twitter would be ideal if I had an iphone or something that I could play with while sitting at a bus stop or at the doc's. But I don't have any kind of cool cell phone. So, for now, I'm just on my blog. And with the baby coming, I'm not even blogging as much as I'd like :(

    Good luck with the balance!

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  31. I like Twitter and can see how easy it could be to get addicted to this one. There's so much information to be had out there!

    I am resisting Facebook with all my being. That's all I'm saying about this one. :)

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  32. Oh, I hope your husband is doing good! I had a kidney stone before and it is definitely not fun.

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  33. I can totally get sucked into both but like Facebook more than Twitter. I feel like Twitter is the extrovert version of social media and I'm a total introvert.

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