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.
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.
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.
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?