Monday, January 13, 2014

IS THERE A NEW FACEBOOK?

by Kate Collins
 

Writers, artists, musicians, and anyone in the creative arts, depend on getting the word out about our work through social media. At first it was MySpace, and then suddenly Facebook burst onto the scene like gangbusters.

Then Twitter appeared, followed by Google Plus, followed by Instagram, followed by ….the next big thing.

The question becomes, where do we promote? As a writer, I need to spend hours on my current work-in-progress, but for the past six or seven years, I’ve had to carve out more and more time for Internet work.  So where do I focus my attention?

I keep hearing more and more complaints about Facebook, so I know it’s a matter of time until people find something they like better and shift over. And that will mean that we authors/artists/musicians will need to shift, too. But there are so many social media sites coming out now that it’s impossible to predict which one will be the new Facebook.

Are you still on Facebook or have you found a better place to socialize? Is Instagram becoming more than just a place to share photos? And what about Google Plus? Do you use it?


I wish there was a social media guru, or one place where everyone could go and not have the rules change constantly. Don’t you?

23 comments:

SueAnn said...

I use only Facebook.....and then I use your web site too, for any updates....

Lynda said...

I currently use only Facebook. I have never gotten into Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, etc. Just FB alone takes up more of my time than I can really afford. I do wish there was something other than Facebook, since it has gotten so annyoing with all the changes they force on us, the limtied security, the ads, etc. But I think it will take awhile for someone else to take the place of Facebook, because it is so ingrained in everyone's lives. However, I do think it will come gradually, and eventually there will be the "next big thing". That's one sure thing about technology - it is ALWAYS changing. FB "rulers" has gotten so confident that they are the only game in town, that they believe they can do anything they want, and we will go along with it because we have no choice (which is currently where we are). It will be their arrogance that will eventually be their downfall, though. Because once someone comes along and offers what Facebook offered in the beginning, people will eventually switch. One difficulty will be that most people don't like change, and it will take time to convince them to move to something new. Only time will really tell.

Brooke Bumgardner said...

I use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram...many of the social media networks to keep up with friends, family and authors and companies I like. Some sites are easier to interact with others on. I like interacting via forums, like on Goodreads, to talk with other readers and authors.

Anita Joy said...

I'm in Australia, so I'm not sure if the article I read in the paper was localised or international, but apparently the younger generation are turning away from Facebook - because their parents are on it it's now thought of as the place for 'old' people. They are turning to two other new social media options (neither of which I'd heard ofbefore so now can't remember). They are using FB to stay in touch with family (the older ones, lol) and that is it. So I don't think it is going to be long before FB is out of favour.

Lynda said it is so ingrained in our lives, but when you think about it, FB is only a new service really, so I don't think it will take a lot for people to change.

lavendersbluegreen said...

FB, goodreads, twitter and now pinterest. That is more than enough! Granted I am on google + but it is not as versatile as of yet and so I spend more time and effort elsewhere. I think many artists (that means you) have, as they become more successful; of necessity hired assistants and a certain degree of the social posting ends up being delegated. Plus if you have a street team, you can get more bang for your buck, so to speak.

mary kennedy said...

Kate, this is such a good point! If we spent all our time on social media, we wouldn't have a second to write. I hear from the grapevine that teens have moved away from Facebook, and are using Tumbler and Instagram. Snapshot is new, too. I think (and am not sure) that's it's like Instagram except the images disappear after a few minutes. Considering some of the images teens post online, that's not a bad thing!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Excellent question, Kate. Now that I've finally come to enjoy Facebook, that should guarantee its demise. As social networking is taking the place of print to get the word out about books, we're stuck trying to stay ahead of the curve.

I'm heading back to my writing now! And about time too.

Hugs.

MJ

Kate Collins said...

I agree, Anita. It didn't take long for MySpace to fall out of favor with the general public. Once the young people migrate to something new and better, can the old folk be far behind?

Kate Collins said...

Absolutely agree. When something or someone becomes too big and powerful, it can't sustain itself. World powers fall into that category, too.

Kate Collins said...

I wish I had an assistant! It seems that it stops being a personal interaction between writer and reader when that happens though.
Street teams are interesting but I've heard from other authors that they are hard to maintain, too.

Kate Collins said...

My daughter uses Instagram all the time. I haven't heard much about Tumblr. Is that another thing we need to delve into? AACK!

Kate Collins said...

Like my favorite shade of lipstick, MJ. When I embrace it, it's gone! I think Facebook will be around for a long while, but there is bound to be something eventually that will be bigger.

Aurian said...

I use Facebook and Twitter for my blogposts announcements, and occasionally to chat. I love Facebook because of the fun pics most authors posts, and to keep up with what they are working on. And of course I follow a lot of blogs.
I don't think Tumblr and Instagram are meant as social media, just for pictures. I dislike Google plus, so I am not on there. And when the next big thing comes around, we will all talk about it and shift over.

Lynda said...

Yes, the FB machine's desire for more and more will eventually be their downfall. But I guess I should add that, although I dislike many of the changes that have happened to FB, I am still grateful it's there and will stick with it until there is something comparable. In the pre-FB days, I would never have met all the authors (like the Cozy Chicks and friends) that I communicate with daily. I started by finding a book by one of the Chicks, but I met the rest of you through FB. So I imagine, for a writer, it is a valuable tool in getting your work out to the reading public. I know that I, personally, order books simply because they are from writers I met on FB. Of course, if the work isn't good, I don't buy future books - but so far that hasn't been an issue. So, no matter how much I get irritated at FB, I will still be out there, regularly checking up on how everyone is doing (until we find something better).

Nita Rotella said...

I that there are several places, LinkedIn is one. But I would concentrate on maybe using Google and Yahoo to promote your site and books. I am not sure how much it would cost though and the ads would appear on millions more sites than you could ever think about. I use FB as mainly to focus on family and friends and games.

If you do get a personal assistant just as parttime to do the internet advertising for you. Make sure she/he is writing as if coming from you. Give them notes on what to say. They just take a few minutes to go behind them and make sure it is up to your standards. Good Luck.

Nita Rotella said...

Sorry I meant to for the last sentence to start Then

Betsy Bean said...

I use Facebook, my website, and a huge mailing list. Since I have the option to add subscribers to my website to notify them of new posts and products, I now just mention the site on FB and tell them to come on over to get the coupon, free something or other or recent newsletter. I'm really really tired of FB but not sure how to reach out to new people. Perhaps it should be ME that invents the new thing . . . hmmm. I may need extra coffee for this.

Janet said...

Kate, as a reader, I'll tell you that I only use FB, ad follow links that look interesting (like blogs) I probably won't change until my grandchildren and nieces and nephews tell me where I should be to follow them.

Kate Collins said...

Good to know your thoughts about Tumblr and Instagram.

Kate Collins said...

I hear you, Betsy. I wish there was a way to reach more people,too, so if you invent a new site, let me know!

Kate Collins said...

That's basically what I do, too, Janet.

Linda Rima said...

Facebook or some social media tool for authors only. And readers of course. I use goodreads, author email newsletters, author websites & blogs, some publishers' websites (but using less & less. There are a couple of websites that I go to faithfully to check for authors new releases. One deals mainly with cozies. The other covers fiction but does have sub-category for mystery.

Elaine Ellen said...

I still like Facebook and it is pretty much the only social media I really use. The others are there only because I have had to for giveaways. Please stay with Facebook!