The variety of social media these days is overwhelming. It seems like every day I hear about a new program that I must try or a group that every writer must join. So far I’m pretty content to stop at Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and a blog of course. Even this feels exorbitant to a girl who used to check her e-mail about once a week.
I must admit it’s all a lot of fun. I enjoy meeting new people and it has been fantastic to connect with other writers. The blog has been a great way to start sharing some of my work and I’m getting more comfortable posting regular status updates on Facebook.
Then there’s Twitter.
I opened my Twitter account maybe two months ago now. I must admit I felt a bit shell-shocked at first. It can be crazy. The feed is constantly updating, and I mean constantly. It could be a full-time three-shift job just trying to read everyone’s tweets. It’s easier now to keep up with people since I made several lists (and I do love lists). What I like about Twitter is that it’s incredibly easy to find people with similar interests. Because of its informal nature it is also acceptable to follow people who I would never dream of “friending”.
I’ve decided that Twitter is like speed dating.
I’ve never actually tried speed dating but I have seen it in movies, and everything that we see in the movies is very accurate right? So, imagine a huge crowd of people who all get a few minutes to say hello, ask a question or two, and then decide if there’s anything approaching mutual interest. If so, two individuals might exchange numbers. After that, like every relationship, it takes work.
Twitter gives you a brief bio, perhaps a link to a blog, you can find out quickly if you have anything in common or might like to get to know more about a person or organization. You tweet at them. If the other individual responds you might strike up a conversation, exchange e-mails, or find each other on some other social media where you can actually communicate in complete sentences. (I really have a hard time keeping comments to 60 characters or less.)
I’ve found Twitter to be a great way to discover people, but whenever possible I try to keep in touch through other mediums.
How about you? Do you like Twitter? What’s your favorite social media?