To Twitter or Not to Twitter

“Facebook is dying,” I hear from several friends, some of whom are social media “experts”.

I use Facebook to keep in touch with close friends and family.  I deleted a number of people when I got sick – mostly work acquaintances for whom I seemed to drop off the face of the earth. I didn’t want the daily reminder that their lives continue on as normal, and I am so easily forgettable.

Afterlife.jpg“You should use Twitter to promote your writing,” a young woman once advised.

Trusting her savvy – she is of that generation – I joined Twitter and linked it to my blogs, and apart from the occasional single like and odd retweet, nothing happened.  Twitter, in my highly uninformed opinion, seems to be a forum for ranting.  On the positive side, I have connected with a community of ME sufferers, like myself, however; even in that community there is divisiveness, and I find that very tiring.  I have unlinked my blogs, and will now only post when I think the material is of interest to Twitter followers.

“Why aren’t you on Instagram?”

I have avoided Instagram for years, thinking it is only a forum for photographers, which I was not.  Then I got a camera, and I started taking pictures, and I discovered BeFunky.com and I started playing with my photographs, and recently I started writing poems to go with the images, and it hit me:  I should try Instagram.

“Instagram is crap!”  A friend said when I told her.

I don’t understand.  Isn’t social media supposed to help us get exposure?

I dream of one day being a published author.  I know I am not alone in that dream.  I also know I am not alone in my frustration/confusion over social media.  My poem on the subject has risen to number 1 on my poetry blog.

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I would love to hear of other people’s experiences.  Any do’s or don’ts?  Pointers I might be missing.  Do you even use social media?

(Photos are from my personal collection, examples of the images and words I’ve been playing with.)

 

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

14 thoughts on “To Twitter or Not to Twitter

  1. I use Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. My daughter owns a social media marketing company, so if I need advice, I just yell into the next room lol. Seriously, FB is, without a doubt, the worst place to promote yourself. The algorithm has changed so many times that nothing makes any sense. And they just redid the layout so everything is left justified. I don’t like it. Twitter is great for promoting your books, along with the millions of authors also promoting their books. You get my drift. I love Instagram. I have two accounts, personal & poetry. I will, most likely be sharing more there in the near future. In case you didn’t know, FB owns IG. Okay, I’m done babbling now 😊

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  2. Mmmm, I am soured on FB, the only social media I’ve ever used. It’s not as bad now as it was a few months back – the ads are less invasive. I suppose I’ll need to rethink social media if I decide to publish another book … that’s not on this year’s agenda, so no rush to engage …

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  3. I guess I have used Instagram the most out of all the social media. I LOVE it, but like anything, it’s what you make of it. After about 6-7 years, I now have a following of about 5800 people. I follow mainly other travel photographers (and I’d say about half of the users only take photos with their phones, so don’t let the term ‘photographer’ intimidate you.)
    Through that forum, I’ve gotten to know people from all around the world and have actually met quite a few of them. I get ideas from looking at other people’s feeds about where to go (for instance, I’d never have know to incorporate horseshoe bend into my Arizona trip if I hadn’t seen it on someone else’s page) and what to look for.
    Yes, it can be crap if you associate with the people who do nothing but take selfies or pictures of their manicures, but you just don’t follow those feeds and so then you don’t see it.
    I do cross-promote my blog on all platforms. It automatically posts in my Twitter and Facebook and then I have the link in my header of my Instagram. Whenever I drop a new post, I also post one related photo in my Instagram, letting my followers know that the new post is up and to click the link in my bio to see it.
    I’ve gotten more hits from the Instagram link than Facebook and Twitter combined.

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    1. Thanks for this. Instagram has been good so far, although I’m still new to it and stumbling a bit. Can’t believe the number of followers you have – that’s amazing. This is a steep learning curve for me, lol.

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  4. I share your pain V.J. … I have a FB page and Pinterest page, but I really don’t know how to use them to their best advantage. I wish I had someone who could just hold my hand and walk me through everything a couple of times.😄 It seems to me that your images with the poetry overlay would be perfect for Instagram, though as I already said, I don’t know what I’m doing with social media….

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    1. The response to Instagram has been positive, so I’ll keep that up. I have also since discovered that Twitter only works well if there are hashtags attached, which doesn’t happen if it is connected to blog posts, so now that I am adding my posts to twitter manually (and adding #s) that seems to work better. All hard work for those of us challenged with age and brain fog, lol.

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