Until promoting myself from writer to author by self-publishing a novel, albeit an eBook, I sparingly used social media. Writing does beat some of my former addictions. If only I could become addicted to social media, maybe I could actually sell some eBooks.
So I signed up for mediabistro.com’s Social Media Boot Camp, which exposed me to many articulate social media experts. The curriculum guided me through developing a strategy, but I am still struggling to figure out who has the time to use all or any of these services.
The finer points of Facebook elude me, although I do have friends who use it to keep up with long-distance friends, share photos, and socialize.
I enjoy Linked In and it makes sense to me. You post your career history and aspirations, build a network of professionals with similar interests, and update your network with professional achievements and events. You receive a summary of updates from others weekly via email. I can keep up with it by checking messages there twice during the workweek.
Tumblr reportedly makes blogging fun, because it “allows users to share images at the click of a button.” Using the Internet is not my idea of fun. Playing sports, performing stand-up comedy, and socializing in person are.
Twitter allows its users to send and receive messages, tweets, up to 140 characters long. Theoretically, one is supposed to tweet at least twice a day and follow and be followed by as many as possible.
I do not get the math. Suppose I follow a modest 50, and suppose they tweet twice a day, that is 100 interruptions per day from Twitter alone. I adore U2, but I don’t want to hear even from them twice a day.
I am going to take Boot Camp presenter and Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich’s, @leowid, advice to master one social media service, Linked In. Because I can never exactly follow advice, I will try to master Delicious too.