Tuesday, February 11, 2014


All right, I’m going to give you the rundown on some different social media sites that you’ve probably heard of but maybe not because I’m out of post ideas I’m always here to help.

What it is: General social media hub where you can post pictures, messages, and easily communicate with others.
Pros: Everyone’s on it.
Cons: Everyone’s on it.
Why I’m (not) on it: All of my relatives have Facebook accounts. See my Thanksgrieving posts as for why that’s an issue.
Why it’s going to stick around: Again, everyone’s on it. It’s one of the easiest ways to message others. Remember when AIM used to be a thing? It’s like that, but better.

What it is: Post whatever you’re thinking in 140 characters or less.
Pros: If someone checks their Twitter often, it’s very easy to communicate with them. Plus it’s made for prattling on about useless nonsense.
Cons: Half the people on it are spambots.
Why I’m on it: Besides the fact that I’m made of useless nonsense, I’m still in my twenties, so by law, I have to be on it.
Why it’s going to stick around: In an age where people stop reading after one paragraph, Twitter is king.

What it is: If Facebook and Wikipedia had a baby, this would be it (basically, user generated stories are voted up and down by other users).
Pros: It’s a surprisingly powerful force to be reckoned with.
Cons: Like Wikipedia, the content is only as accurate as the uploader makes it, although it can be corrected by subsequent comments.
Why I’m (not) on it: While it’s mostly good, I’ve seen some rather offensive things on it.
Why it’s going to stick around: Like I said, it’s a powerful force, and people like being part of that.

What it is: A blogging platform teenagers still use because their parents aren’t on it.
Pros: You can post pictures, articles, videos, pretty much anything. It also prides itself on being a place for anyone “different”.
Cons: Say something bad about a fandom and the entire populace will turn on you.
Why I’m on it: It’s great for single serving blogs dedicated to a particular subject.
Why it’s going to stick around: Because there will always need to be an alternative to Facebook. Preferably one without our parents.

What it is: Facebook for books.
Pros: A lot of authors will hold giveaways exclusive to Goodreads.
Cons: People will one star your favorite book and refuse to explain why.
Why I’m (not) on it: I’m someone who will reread twenty books I’ve read before in between every new book. I wouldn’t post much.

Why it’s going to stick around: It’s the closest thing to having a book club some people will have.


  1. I'm on facebook, but only under my penname. For some of the same reason- I don't care to have certain family members looking me up, or people I haven't spoken to in ten years friending me.

  2. I'm only on Twitter and Goodreads. I just need to remember to post reviews and such on Goodreads more often. I tend to finish a book and forget.

  3. Thanks for explaining Reddit! As for Tumblr, I still don't get it, but that's probably because I can be classified as someone's parent.

  4. Reddit has qualities similar to DiggIt and the other news sites.

    One of my favorites, although I haven't been active on it in a while, is Deviant Art. Used to post my photos and some of my articles, plus snippets of my books. Just don't have time to maintain it anymore.

  5. I really like this post. You have knack for explaining things. :)

  6. Facebook con: the reunion chairperson for my high school just started a group for my class to gauge interest in a 25 year get together. (Yes, I'm that old.) And she found me instantly. Sigh.

    The interview you were kind enough to do for me is up: http://californiacraftersclubofetsy.blogspot.com/2014/02/tumblr.html



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