With Facebook’s recent acquisition of Whatsapp, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about social media. As a book blogger, I’m very active on several social networks. It made me realize that I’ve always been active on whatever was the most commonly used social network of the moment. I’m an outgoing person and I guess that is also reflected online. mIRC, ICQ, Friendster, Yahoo Messenger, Multiply – I had accounts in all of those sites and kept all of them updated. MySpace isn’t included in the list because it wasn’t popular in the Philippines. Today, I have blog-related accounts for Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Tumblr. I also think of my Instagram account as blog-related since it’s a public account and I rarely post personal photos, you’re more likely to see a picture of the book that I’m reading or the meal that I’m having instead of a selfie. Most of my accounts in these sites are linked together (e.g. an Instagram post gets published in Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook).
It’s funny how I use social networks based on how I compartmentalize my life. All of the sites I mentioned above are for the blog while my personal Facebook account is for friends and family – although I also use the groups function for YAckers. I also use Whatsapp and Viber to exchange messages with real life friends on a daily basis. But I also have a couple of blogger friends in those apps. I’m not even going to link to my LinkedIn account because that’s strictly for work, I don’t ever talk about the blog or personal stuff in there. There was a time when I thought about creating a LinkedIn account for the blog but didn’t feel like it would be worth the effort.
Out of all of these sites, I’m most active on Twitter and Instagram. Because of my smart phone, I’m on both of those sites everyday. I think being on social media depends on where you’re comfortable and where your friends are. I think you also have to pick which sites to prioritize so you won’t be overwhelmed with everything that’s out there. I love Twitter because it lets me keep up with the blogosphere even if I don’t get to publish my own posts or browse through other blogs. It’s also easier for me to reply to a tweet during the work day because it doesn’t take as much time as replying to emails. And like I mentioned above, all my other accounts are linked to Twitter. I have friends who are active in various social media sites while some prefer to use messaging apps instead.
What about the rest of you, what are your favorite social networking sites? What are the most useful social media sites for you as a blogger? Do you compartmentalize like I do or are you comfortable with mixing your professional life with your personal life and your blog persona?