Been feeling blah about social media lately. As little as two years ago, anytime I signed on Twitter there was someone to chat with. It was the MAIN reason I loved Twitter. It totally skipped the friend request process of Facebook and moved straight to the chatting. Like mingling at a party, which is ironic since real party mingling scares me. Anyway, I don’t see my online friends as much anymore. If they’re thinking what I’m thinking, they’ve seen the shift go from talking to people to being talked at.
My main stream is full of tweets that are all just different shades of ads and most are scheduled. So if I did want to respond, nobody’s home. Even the hashtags I like have been overrun.
Another trend I’ve noticed is almost every new follower I get has a stream filled with links, quotes and, of course, promo. And the conversations, if you can call them that, are either a thanks for following me or thanks for retweeting my link/quote/promo.
What about writer’s Facebook groups? The ones I’ve been a part of, with the exception of WANA 1011, have become promo black holes just like Twitter. I’ve left them all.
The writing community has become less a community and more a bunch of people yelling at the same time.
Despite the promo invasion, I still like social media, but I need to change the way I use it if I want the enjoyment of the good ol’ days back. I need to go OUTSIDE the writer’s world because there is social media beyond our little part of the universe.
One such place is the #whedony hashtag. Every Monday at 9pm EST it hosts a chat to talk all things Joss Whedon. I did it once and it was pretty fun. Unfortunately, my work schedule didn’t let me join in anymore, but now it’s different, so maybe I’ll pop in this Monday.
As for Facebook, if I found one good group, there must be others.
I’ll keep you posted.