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Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads ~ Oh My

Lately I’ve been spending my time filling out the Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde Facebook page, which you can find here.  I’m hoping to eventually create a community there that wants to have in depth conversations.  Right now, as I’ve just set up the discussion boards, I’m having a conversation with myself!  I visualize it as a place for readers to plug their blogs, discuss what books they just finished, and share ideas as to what they’d like to see here.  I want to make Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde truly interactive.  Currently I have 50 members, myself included.  There is always room for one more.

In addition to finally fleshing out the Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde facebook page, I’ve also spent some time developing my Twitter account, @russelllindsey.  If you take the time to follow me, I follow you back.  Currently Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde, each and every post, is broadcast to 162 Twitter followers.

Twitter and Facebook aside, I’ve also gone through my GoodReads account.  You can find me on Goodreads here.  While I don’t have the details right now, a conversation or two I had on GoodReads may have a huge impact on the future of Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde.  Stay tuned!

Even though it has taken me a lot longer than I would’ve liked, I’m glad I’m finally starting to truly use social media to promote Ramblings of a Misguided BlondeSo, I’m curious – to all those writers out there:  What social media sites are you using?  How often do you use it?  How do you create an audience for your work?  I’d love to hear about all of your experiences.  Good, Bad, and Ugly.

 

Weekend Update: Now On Pinterest

Pinterest!

Ok.  I think I have a new addiction.  I’ve heard so much about Pinterest, I couldn’t stand it anymore.  I finally joined.  For a while I was able to ignore the buzz.  I just knew it would be something I’d love.  In the end, I’d just waste a lot of time there, accomplishing nothing.  Unfortunately, I was right times ten.  Yep, I’m addicted.

You can follow me on Pinterest below.  Enjoy!

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Google+ So Far: Early Impressions

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I began test-driving Google+ a little over a week ago.  Thus far, I love it.  It is still too early to tell if Google+ will replace Facebook for me.  If I had to guess, I’d say no.  It won’t replace Facebook entirely.  I may simply prefer Google+ to Facebook.

My experience so far has been this:  I love the simple interface and layout of Google+.  Personally I find it more intuitive than Facebook.  I also like that I appear to have more control over Google+.  I’m not sure if that is the case.  I do know that I love that the people I’ve come across on Google+ thus far seem more interested in actually interacting in meaningful ways.  There appears to be much less whining.

I also love the fact that Google+ is game free so far.  I know that it is inevitable that games will debut sooner rather than later.  I just hope that it is easier to block invitations to games, etc. than on Facebook.

I love being an early adopter on websites!  I enjoy watching new features develop and content grow.  Below is a list of tutorials and information on Google+.

Using Google+ Circles

The Google+ Cheat Sheet

Everything You Need To Know About Google+

The One Google+ Feature Facebook Should Fear

Google+ Takes Aim At Facebook

Google+:  8 Quick Tips And Tricks

19 Essential Google+ Resources

The Bibliophile’s Guide to Social Networking

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Once I become engrossed in a subject I tend to come across plenty of interesting information without much effort.  Below is a list of articles that discuss various aspects of social networking for avid readers, and to some extent, authors.  This topic fascinates me.  I tend to feel that Goodreads and LibraryThing are both useful.  I’m still experimenting with both!

 

How To Get the Most Out of GoodReads | BlogHer
Top 5 Reasons I Prefer GoodReads to Facebook « Unputdownables
Things to Know (and Love) About LibraryThing | BlogHer

Goodreads for authors « No Spin PR

Democracy And The Internet: A Few Thoughts

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American Thinker: Internet Freedom: A Time for Choosing

American Thinker: The End of Self?

The articles above expand greatly on a subject I touched on here.  I wish I knew exactly where I stand on the issues surrounding the internet.  My thoughts are the following:

  • The internet can serve either to hinder or inspire creativity.
  • People are now capable of finding like-minded people across the globe, irrelevant of beliefs.
  • With the rise of social networking sites such as Facebook, it is easier than ever to give up personal privacy without fully realizing what just took place.

I hope that the internet remains as an open forum in which there is a free exchange of ideas.  It is also my hope that the next generation realizes that there is more to life than simply being connected all the time.  No one should feel as though they have to live their life online 24/7.  Unfortunately, I know many people who do.

A New Direction for Myspace – Too Little, Too Late? | Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

A New Direction for Myspace – Too Little, Too Late?

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On MySpace’s New Strategy

This is an old article that I put on the back burner some time ago, but I’ve thought about the issue once again.  As far as I’m concerned, there is no substitute or even a serious competitor to Facebook.

In a way, it is frustrating.  It would be nice to have a social network that actually respected privacy rights and encouraged creativity instead of encouraging what I like to call “group think.”

Ultimately, I believe that it remains to be seen whether Facebook encourages creativity, herd thinking, and/or both.  In many ways it seems to be a moot point.  I don’t see MySpace ever reclaiming its former glory.  Without a serious competitor, Facebook can continue to do as it pleases.  It doesn’t mean that we have to buy.

Facebook Regret

The Power of Social Networks

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Stop Leaving Boneheaded Comments on Your Friends’ Walls – Mashable.com

Stop those boneheaded Facebook comments – CNN.com

I think that most people can relate to the situations outlined in the article above.  It is easy to set down ground rules for Facebook participation; it is quite another to follow them when reacting to something one finds exciting on Facebook.

Words do matter.  The frustrating thing about blogs, social networks, and the Internet in general is that there is no human interaction (i.e. body language) to help interpret the words.  In some cases, the true meaning of messages are lost and mis-communication ensues, causing more problems.  That is why I like this article in particular.  It makes the attempt to explain appropriate venues for different types of messages.  This is particularly important in Facebook, and frankly, many people do not appreciate the difference between messages and writing on a profile wall.  Hopefully as Facebook ages, etiquette on the site will become standardized.  Right now, many people simply share too much.

The Trouble with Twitter

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This may make me sound old, but I have yet to find a good use for Twitter.  What am I missing?  I genuinely would like to know.  Most new social networking sites make sense to me.  Not so with twitter.

Any insight, suggestions?  I’ve tried using it a few times, but it just seems pointless.  I am more apt to update Facebook, write an actual blog entry, or instant message.