Overwhelmed by Social Media Choices

My Twitter feed is whining a lot lately. Some days it sits there, neglected and lonely, glaring at me as if I’ve locked it in the closet and forgotten to feed it all day. Which, some days, I have.

Feeling even more guilt for my indefensible level of negligence, I finally closed down my LinkedIn account last year. I’d like to say I wept a tear of regret, but honestly I did it with a sigh of relief. I do feel bad when I get requests from people wanting to add me to their network on LinkedIn, but would it really be fair to say I’m connecting there when you’re more likely to find me in the party aisle of Wal-Mart at 5:00 a.m.?

I have Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat accounts — which will greet me like a long-lost cousin at the family reunion the next time I show up. “Where you have you been? We haven’t seen you in forever!”

I never bit the bullet and joined Google +. I was afraid I’d distort the circles, what with my tendency to step outside the lines too often. (Plus, it seemed to be arranged with visual people in mind, which I am decidedly not.)

And now there’s tsū, a free social platform that believes in “quality content, real ownership, and the value of one’s own network.” Translation: They’re trying to compete with Facebook, especially in the wake of FB users disgruntled with constant changes to policies and accounts. Word on the street is you should join.

As you can see, I’m overwhelmed by social media choices. This short list doesn’t even include sites like Goodreads, Wattpad, Tumbler, Pinterest, and more. And if you write for teens, as I do, potential readers can migrate from one social media platform to another, as one site becomes less trendy and another becomes The Place to Be.

So where does this leave me? Besides huddled up on the corner of my closet eating through the rest of the Christmas candy and re-reading my wrinkled copy of A Wrinkle in Time.

Well, I’m hoping for social media clarity in 2015. Actually, praying for it. I’d even be willing to do a hokey rain dance complete with chanting, if that would help.

I’m too aware of the saying “jack of all trades, master of none” to try to take on everything. Indeed, I defend my decision to shut myself out of LinkedIn (where, believe me, teens are not) to dedicate myself to being an actual presence on those sites that I enjoy the most and that will allow me to connect best. (Just as soon as I’m positive which ones those are…)

So that’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it? Where should we invest our social media time?

And the answer will be different for different individuals, depending on goals. For myself, I’m well-connected to the writer community on Facebook, where I plan to remain — at least for the time being. I’d like to revive my Twitter account (so stop whining, feed!). And I want to make a more concerted effort to engage on Goodreads, Instagram, and YouTube.

My list could change, but I think it’s advisable to choose a few social media platforms and engage consistently there. That’s my plan for this year.

At least, until someone fiiinally perfects the cloning process. Anyone? Anyone?

On which networks do you engage? Do you have favorites or neglected accounts? How do you feel about the plethora of social media choices?

A Round of Words in 80 Days: Honestly, I’m still trying to decide whether to participate in ROW80 this time. I just haven’t figured out the order of my goals, so I may be waiting for a bit and joining up mid-round or Round 2.

8 thoughts on “Overwhelmed by Social Media Choices

  1. I so hear you. I’m invited all the time to accept someone’s linked in account. I joined Google + but never go there. I have a Twitter account which is linked to my FB account so posting once covers both sites. I have a pinterest account but use it mostly for storyboarding my books. I have a Youtube channel but have only posted 2 videos (they take so long to upload from my laptop). I’d say FB is my main source of social media, but trust me, I can go for days without checking in. I am so not attached to any electronic device.

    Let me know what’s working for you. I’d love some tips and ideas for streamlining.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. I so relate to your comment, Patricia. I’ve never linked my accounts–don’t really feel comfortable doing so, though I’m not sure why. It is a good idea for streamlining.

  2. Hi Julie–you feeding Twitter tonight (?) got me here, and I really liked this post. I feel as you do. I like Facebook best. As Patricia commented, however, I too, can go missing for days. (Or lurk and comment w/o updating my status.)

    Twitter: I go missing for weeks sometimes, even though there are a few folks I interact with regularly when I see their tweets on the #mywana column. I like it, but don’t live for it.

    Pinterest: overwhelms me. Too much, even for a visual person like me.

    Reddit: Like it. Forget to visit.

    Never bothered with the other ones you mentioned. Know I don’t have time or energy for them.

    Nice post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joanna! I do think the hashtags on Twitter make it easier to communicate with specific groups. I tend to tweet a lot more when an event is going on, such as when I’m at a conference and can easily tweet with fellow attendees that way.

      I do feel that I should sometimes update my profile photo to have MIA stamped across my face. LOL.

      1. You’re welcome! It’s never occurred to me to tweet almost as if I’m texting–for pretty much anything. Okay, besides once while I was watching Private Practice, noticed all the ‘live action’ on Tweetdeck and joined in.

        I’m also not crazy about my mobile app for Twitter right now either. I’m lame at using it.

        So let’s do an MIA ‘group’ selfie, lol. 😉

  3. I’ve never gone much beyond Facebook and Twitter. For a couple of years I was very active on Twitter, but it seems like most of the WANAs I kept up with gravitated toward FB, so I went with them. I rarely even check Twitter these days, but I get on FB several times each day. That seems to be where most of my friends and family spend their time.

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