Authors need to have a well balanced attack on social media. What is your favorite weapon and why?
How many social media hang outs do you have in your "platform"?
I'm a blogger, not an author, but Twitter is my favorite for interacting with publishers, authors, and other bloggers. I've dabbled with G+ but didn't really get into it as much as I could have. I also use Facebook, but I use that mostly to give people who don't know how to use RSS (eg. some of my friends/relatives) a way to follow my blog posts. I stopped liking Facebook a few years ago when it went from having a very clean interface to becoming a cluttered eyesore.
Twitter is a bit of an anomaly for me. I use it but not well. What are the big advantages? I look at it like it is a blink of an eye, here and gone. Your advice and input would be appreciated.Thanks.
I didn't like it when I first tried it either, but my first Twitter account was a personal one rather than for my blog. Once I started using it for my blog instead of just with friends, I liked Twitter much better. The advantage is once you start following authors/publishers/bloggers, you get a relatively steady stream of discussion about books and publishing. It doesn't have the permanence of a Facebook post, but it has the advantage in terms of real-time or almost real-time conversation. There are also events like #litchat where people use a hashtag to have a more open discussion over the course of an hour or two. The trick though as an author is to say more than "Buy my book" and throw in a link. It's more casual.
I can agree with that ,it becomes white noise.Thanks