Saturday, January 30, 2010
Follow Me..or at least don't ignore me
The brilliance of the internet is its ability to bring people together and to create a sense of connectedness. Since I've begun to post blog entries some years back, I have made several contacts and friends through an online communication flow. Also, as a writer, I've been able to listen closely to a market base and keep an ear on what the consumer is hankering for.
Many folk will discount the importance of Facebook or Twitter, but while some people may consider them to be a ridiculous waste of time (and they can be), if they are used intelligently, they can be a wonderful tool. For instance, I use Twitter to keep track of different news items from different groups and publishers, as well as to see what websites different writers may be trying to point people to. Furthermore, I've used Twitter to promote this blog and my educational blog. To separate Stewart-the-Writer from Stewart-the-Teacher, I have two Twitter accounts.
Twitter and Facebook have gotten some bad ink thanks to people who feel the need to update people with meaningless posts such as "I'm on my porch..." "now I'm in the livingroom" "now I'm eating burritos" and "I wish I hadn't eaten those burritos".
Before passing judgement one way or another, I urge you to explore Facebook, Ning, Twitter (at least "follow" me if you're a Twitter user) and Plurk. Me? You'll catch me on all those networks, including Masters of Horror, Crimespace, Lost Zombies , The Horror Cafe, and even The Sherlock Holmes Social Network