As may have been gathered from the image illustrating my post about where my time goes, I spend a certain amount of time using social media. These are the sites I use and what I use them for:
- Twitter: water-cooler conversation, stalk… er, paying attention to industry personalities, and occasionally making terrible puns. Follow me on @DunxIsWriting.
- Google+: staying in touch with writing groups and personal contacts.
- Facebook: personal contacts, and writing groups.
- LinkedIn: mostly for software networking, although I can see using this for freelance networking at some point.
- Feedly: I only use this as an RSS reader; I really don’t touch the social element at all
Of these, I probably spend most time on Facebook, and Twitter*. I like Google+ in theory, but in practice it is too time-consuming for me to use a lot so I don’t. Honestly, I think Google missed a trick by not rolling RSS feed streams into Google+ instead of killing Reader outright – that would have had me using the Plus constantly.
The thing I haven’t done yet and am still thinking about is setting up author pages on Facebook and Google+ – book pages too, once I have a book to call complete. That will come in time.
How do you employ social media?
[*] I also spend time using the business social system my employer has in the office, but that’s not a public profile.