Ok, I admit it.
I’ve become addicted to social media.
I said it.
I used to have a life.
Seriously, though, social media has become a huge time suck for me.
(My life is fine, by the way, don’t worry.)
I’ve been trying out different social media platforms and trying to figure out which ones work best for me.
Some I like, some I love, some I absolutely loathe (I’m looking at you, Facebook!).
I love Twitter, though I’m not all that adept at using it yet.
I constantly forget to tag people (with their @ names), I can never think of a good hashtag for tweets, and I’m still trying to figure out lists.
I use TweetDeck to schedule tweets for my blog (is there a way to do that BEFORE the post is actually published?) and I follow quite a few SL hashtags.
Of all the social media I’m currently using, I think Twitter takes up the least of my time.
It’s easy to skim through and read what I find interesting and skip over the rest.
I can scroll through on my phone whenever I have a few spare minutes and I’m all caught up.
I hate Facebook.
With a passion.
I get that it’s a nice tool to stay in touch with people.
But I just. Can’t. Even.
I realize that I’m probably costing myself traffic by not having a FB linked to my blog.
It’s just not worth the hassle and the worry of getting deleted.
I could set up a page, I suppose, but then I would still have to use Facebook.
Which I hate.
I actually like Google+, though it is a bit confusing at times.
I was reading through my Google feed the other day, and my oldest said, “Mom, you still use Google+?!”
Like I’m old or something. -.-
I like the ease of following other people.
I’m still experimenting with groups (or communities, or whatever they’re called), but I like it.
I have my blog posts published to Google, though I don’t get a lot of traffic.
That’s probably because I don’t spend a ton of time on Google+ either.
Other than my automatic posts, I don’t really comment a lot.
If I did, I’m sure my interactions and traffic would go up.
I LOVE Flickr.
I also HATE Flickr.
It’s so confusing, and they are constantly changing things.
When I first joined, they had just done away with the ‘Pro’ accounts and everyone was complaining.
Now they have begun offering ‘Pro’ subscriptions again, and everyone is complaining.
I’m not going to spend the money for Pro, because I don’t see the benefit.
$50 a year for unlimited storage, no ads, and access to stats?
I’m never going to use 1TB of the storage I get for free, and I rarely (if ever) see ads on Flickr.
I don’t generally use the home page, which is where the ads are located, I use the People and Photostream tabs.
I personally think stats are a joke on Flickr.
I did some research to see if I could determine what counted as a ‘view’ for Flickr, because a lot of blogger apps want a certain amount of views.
Basically, any photo that appears in my people stream gets a ‘view’ from me, even if I skim right past it and don’t click on it to look at.
That makes no sense to me – I didn’t click on the photo, so I don’t get why scrolling past it counts as a view.
Plus, people ‘repost’ their photos to get additional views.
It’s too easy to game your stats, so it’s not really a benefit I want to pay for.
That said, I am totally in love with looking at other people’s photos/art.
I could spend hours drooling over photos (and often do).
Avatar Social Network
I like ASN.
It’s got all the good stuff from Facebook, without all the bad.
They don’t care what my name is.
I could be Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock, and that would be just fine with them.
I’ve met some really lovely people through ASN, and I enjoy using it.
It’s probably another platform that I am not utilizing to the fullest.
I think I need to develop a ‘system’ for using social media a tad better to help drive traffic to my blog.
*Adds that to to-do list*
I don’t generally log into ASN every day, because the app doesn’t play well with my phone.
But when I do log in, it feels a bit like coming back home. 🙂
I must say, I really don’t care for Reddit.
The whole site is just – ugly.
It’s like being confronted with a giant wall of text every time you log in.
I love to read, but – no.
Also, it’s a bit like the monkeys running the circus.
Every ‘sub’ has different rules, and you can be banned without warning.
(I’ve never been banned, of course, because I’m so nice and friendly all the time. 😀 )
It was all just too confusing, too overwhelming, and really, mostly useless to me.
I followed several SL subreddits, one of which has been inactive for over a year.
The two that were most active were basically just another place for people to post the same blog articles I was already reading elsewhere.
So, sorry Reddit, you didn’t make the cut.
Maybe next time. 😛
KoinUp is a photography sharing site, kinda like Flickr, but for virtual worlds.
There are quite a few SL photographers sharing their work on KoinUp, and I’ve found several that are just amazing.
I find KoinUp less impersonal than Flickr.
Since I do use Flickr, I try not to upload a lot of the same photos to KoinUp.
A lot of my extra dance show pics, for example, get put on KoinUp.
Or just random photos that I take.
It’s pretty easy to like/share photos, and everyone I’ve met so far has been really friendly.
KoinUp has a feature that lets you upload your photos to KoinUp and Flickr at the same time, though I’ve not used it.
I was also able to set up an RSS feed for KoinUp on my feed reader pretty easily.
I’m still trying to figure out if that’s even possible on Flickr.
If you know of a way to set up my Flickr ‘groups’ photos on a feed, PLEASE HELP ME!
KoinUp even has a way for you to sell some of your digital art, if that’s of interest to you.
I’ve not explored that option, but it’s nice that it’s there.
Second Life Social Network
This is a new platform, so I’ve not spent a ton of time on it.
It looks, at first glance, pretty much exactly like Facebook.
Which has led to some users questioning whether they are going to get in trouble for that.
They have said that they are working on changing the appearance, but for now, it pretty much works and looks just like Facebook.
Only, you know, you don’t have to use your ‘real’ name. -.-
If it gets more popular, it would be useful.
I’m still waiting to see how Germany’s fight with Facebook over pseudonyms goes.
If Germany wins the fight, it might lead to a change in policy over at Facebook.
I’m not holding my breath, mind you.
If you like Facebook, you’ll probably like SLSN.
If you’re on SLSN, add me, I’m lonely and I need friends. 😀
This site is probably one of my biggest time sucks.
It’s also, many days, just soooo depressing.
I probably should stop reading the PRS threads (Politics, Religion, and Society).
I’ve always had a rule that I don’t discuss politics and religion with friends and acquaintances.
I guess I thought it would be safe to do that on the internet.
<– me, after reading the sentence I just wrote.
What was I thinking?
I mean, I want to stay informed and be good citizen and resident of the Earth, but, you know – people. -.-
It’s nice to be forewarned that armadillos carry leprosy.
But I’m not sure I want to get into all the gory details of ‘Why GWB was the worst president in US history,’ or ‘Christie says teacher’s union deserves a punch in the face,‘ because articles like these tend to make me wish I lived on another planet.
After reading these posts, I spend a lot of time on internal debates, on researching related things on the internet, and then the next thing you know, it’s 5 hours later, my butt is asleep, and I realize I forgot to eat lunch.
SLU also has some real gems, though.
Like this one: ‘Mark Hamill gets tired of the same old autographs,‘ which is completely hilarious.
Who knew Hamill had such a great sense of humor?
The other biggest time social media time suck for me is Plurk.
I avoided joining Plurk for a long time, because people told me it was elitist and full of snarky SL people.
I haven’t found that to be true at all.
There is some seriously hilarious shizz going on in Plurk. 😛
I’ve seen pictures of crazy, cannibalistic land-crabs (yet another reason to never go to Florida), watched others install Windows10 (their results were sadly, sometimes not as good as mine), and learned that texture thrashing makes people want to strangle LL.
A lot of the people on Plurk have been in SL forever, so I’m constantly learning something new.
Plus, some of them are just plain hysterical.
It’s like all the cute cat videos and funny memes and friends all rolled into one place.
It probably took me twice as long as usual to write this post, because I kept going back to Plurk to check on things.
Plus, everyone uses all these cute gifs, so I have become a gif collector.
Because who knows when you’ll need a good Phil Collins gif, amiright?
If you are on any of these social networks, please add me – I promise not to stalk you. 😛