Mar 11, 2013

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Question – What is Your Social Media of Choice?

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There are SO many ways to stay connected these days.  I find that we readers are especially passionate about keeping in touch with fellow readers.  I think it’s because we need to share our joys and pains of reading with someone else or we will explode.

But with so many choices, how does one decide which is best for them?

For me, it started with Facebook.  I have had a personal page for a while now and mostly use it to share photos and updates with my out-of-town family.  Then I opened up a blog page.  I post my links every day and sometimes ask questions and such.  But I still wouldn’t say that FB is my main form or social networking.

That honor would go to Twitter.

All of my friends joined Twitter ages ago.  I was against it as first thinking that it was a time sucker (it is!) and that I would never use it.  Then one day I caved and signed up…and went with it.  Now I’m obsessed with it!  I chat with people and authors all the time.  (Authors!  LOVE chatting with authors! ) And I DM one of my favoritest people almost every day almost all day via Twitter.  I now think I would go into withdrawal is I had to give it up.

On Twitter I chat books and share my links and also chat life but you can’t keep track of your reading through Twitter.  That’s where Goodreads comes into play for me.

I love Goodreads.  It has introduced me to new books and helps me keep track of everything.  I also love the widgets and giveaways.  I am a member of a few groups but I really don’t have the time to actively participate anymore but when I did, I loved it.  Oh the people you chat with openly about your favorite or least favorite books… *dreamy sigh*  Are there issues when it comes to Goodreads?  Absolutely.  I can’t stand it when someone rates a book 1 star before the book is even written.  I don’t love it when there is personal trash talk as opposed to just book trash talk.  And the .gif all over my home page are distracting and often more than a little bit gross.  But I still love it more than not so I’m on it at least a few times a week.  I just ignore all the moving images 😉

So what about you?  What is your social media of choice? 

 

  1. Fb is my usual though I try not to spend too much time on it; then there are many blogs I love to visit.

  2. Northwoman says:

    I have been on TWitter for about 4 years now, because my book friends bugged me to get on for instant access. I love it. I found Goodreads about 1.5 years ago and couldn’t live without it. I just got on Facebook about 6 months ago and I do like the messaging which is longer than Twitter and the photos are easier to share. It’s sort of like a Twitter / tumblr combo. Yeah, I like them all.

  3. Twitter is my favorite.

  4. I use them all, but I have to say my favorite is Facebook, with twitter as a close second. For books my favorite is Goodreads.

  5. Ahh, I haven’t given into the draw of Twitter yet, but you are making me think I should, Julie. For me, all of my social networking needs are met by Goodreads. I have a Facebook account, but I check it maybe once every few months. I just don’t care enough to look more. My friends seem to use Facebook as sort of an online diary of all the inane shenanigans of their lives (maybe I need new facebook friends LOL). While I love my friends, I just don’t find videos of baby’s first steps, or funny cat pics, or posts about trips to the mall interesting. Now books… ARE interesting, which is why I love Goodreads so much. People’s posts about the latest book they read and loved, live chapter by chapter impressions, recommendations for favorite books. I adore Goodreads. I check it every day. Unfortunately work started blocking it, so I’m not as active as I used to be, but I still check updates and review my friend feeds on my phone several times a day.

    I agree with you 100% on being annoyed by all the animated GIFs in Goodreads though. IMO a review with nothing but pictures isn’t a real review.

  6. I started with Twitter first, mainly because it was an extra point in giveaways. Then I discovered the thrill of chatting with authors there. I tried Facebook then, but did not understand anything about it. Tried again last year, and now I mostly scroll through it, looking at all the fun or hot pictures posted.
    I use Goodreads only to post my reviews, as it benefits the author. I have no idea what else to do with it.

  7. Goodreads and Twitter, love those two 😀 But I hate FB :-/

  8. I love Twitter, I can’t live without it. DH says I’m Twitter-holic and I think he’s right. I also “DM one of my favoritest people almost every day almost all day via Twitter”. :))
    Goodreads is a good second, I love how easy is to learn about new books and see what others are thinking of book I’ve read/review too.
    I also use Facebook but more on a personal level than book related.

  9. I’m not a lot into facebook, it’s not my thing but I love twitter, it’s impressive to see the time I can stay on it. So interesting for many reasons. It’s true that I use Goodreads a lot as well, so easy to find chatever we can like.

  10. My FB is just for friends. Twitter I am on and off. Days go by with me posting. I find Twitter can get me revved up. Over book spamming and highly opinionated people. On the other hand, I am a fan girl and the thought of talking to my fav authors immediately gets me all giddy.
    I love Goodreads for book recommendation and reading reviews.

    I think I most AIM with my friends the most. I love to blog hop. There really are so many out there to choose from.

  11. Diane – You know something…I never thought about a blog being ‘social media’ but it totally is! So smart!

    Northwoman – I like you on twitter too. And I agree with the messaging on FB.

    Viki – Agreed.

    Lupdilup – Goodreads is great!

    Jessica – What you love about GR is what I love too. That is why I wish I had more time to spend there! And chatting with authors is almost surreal on Twitter. It’s like talking live/online with one of your idols!

    aurian – It takes time to find everything on GR. You have to search groups and that’s where the good book chatting is. 🙂

    Stella – Hate FB?! 🙁 Oh well…at least you are on twitter!

    Bookaholic Cat – I am totally addicted to twitter lol

    melliane – Yes! Twitter can certainly take up most of your day lol.

    Michelle – You are right about the um…passionate people on twitter. I try to avoid them lol.

  12. Twitter is quick and easy, but I still like reading through Facebook.

  13. Mary Jo – I’m with you. 🙂

  14. Sapphire says:

    Fb. I don’t use twitter at all.

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