Happy 2015! With the new year comes some new facebook policies regarding what they consider advertising content. And though I’m not yet sure how that is going to *really* affect us, it has made me think about putting all my social media eggs in one basket, which is what many of us have done with Facebook. Just as making our books exclusive to Amazon cuts off users from other stores and gives Amazon the ultimate power to randomly unpublish our book because it decides the title is “suspicious” (this happened to an author I know), leaving us with no way to sell, giving facebook the bulk of our media presence gives them the power to cut us off, leaving fans no recourse. Sure, we have websites (mine is at http://JoleeneNaylor.com if you’ve never been there), but a website is like a poster at a subway station. Full of good information but not really a way to participate in a conversation.
As such, now seems like a good idea to start mentioning some of those other social media sites I’m on and telling you why you might like to connect with me there.
What it is: If you’ve missed pintrest, it is a very cool place that allows you to “share” things – like recipes or funny posts, or anything else that Facebookers like to share – except instead of just appearing on your profile page somewhere and disappearing into oblivion in a day or two, you “pin” the item to a “board” (much like organizing things in folders on your computer, or into scrapbooks if you’re a more analog kinda person). You follow your friend’s boards. Here’s mine.
Why it’s fun: With the pinning system you can do some really cool things, like make folders for photos you like or books you’ve read, or minion memes. And unlike facebook, since it’s organized into boards you can choose to unfollow your friends boards that you don’t want to see. Like that one guy who posts snoopy cartoons and political stuff you’re tired of? You can unfollow his political board and still see Snoopy cartoons to your hearts content. And there are messaging features where you can share pins with your friends, as well as making comments on ins and favorite-ing them. Oh, and it also cross posts to facebook if you want it to.
Why you want to follow me: Aside from the cool boards I have like “Cool stuff I’ll probably never make” and “So friggin’ cute”, I have some Amaranthine goodies such as a board for the books, the free books, and the characters, as well as Katelina’s Travel Log, which shows the places she’s been on her adventures and the hodge podge Amaranthine board which has random things that inspired me, such as locals and weapons, as well as links to blogs and articles.
At the end of the day, Pintrest is a lot of fun, even if you don’t like homemade jelly and nail polish. So check it out, and while you’re there, check out my boards and see if I have something you might like to follow.
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