A few months ago, I met Shana through one of my favorite blog link-ups, Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature. We have been sharing our thoughts on each other’s blogs since then and I have so enjoyed getting to know Shana through her writing. A few weeks ago, I realized that Shana was often sharing my posts on Twitter and my usual Twitter-angst returned. I have tried on and off over the years to understand what happens in the mysterious Twitter-verse and I’ve been unsuccessful. I get overwhelmed and leave shortly after I arrive.
While I was not able to share Shana’s posts on Twitter because of my own confusion, I knew that I wanted more people to read Shana’s writing, so I hopped on over to Facebook to share there. That was when I discovered that Shana was not on Facebook. And right around that same time, Shana mentioned in a post or a comment that she was hoping to tackle her own Facebook confusion.
What!? I couldn’t believe it. Someone who has mastered the crazy world of Twitter but wasn’t on Facebook? This made no sense to me. I e-mailed her right away and so this mini blog series was born.
Over the course of three posts, Shana and I are going to come clean about our social media strengths and areas for improvement, our questions and what we have learned along the way. I hope that lots of people join our conversation. If Shana is intimidated by Facebook and I don’t ‘get’ Twitter, than I know there are a lot more people like us out there. Both platforms have so much to offer so I hope this conversation will be fun and useful for us all.
I have no memory of deciding to get on Facebook so I had to go back to see when I wrote my first post. According to my timeline, I joined in May of 2008. When I saw this, I thought it must be wrong. I always assumed I had been on Facebook for much longer than that. Turns out though that May of 2008 was five and a half years ago and that actually does seem about right (enter cliche about time passing quickly here). As far as Twitter goes, I joined in March of 2012 during a conference on social media.
When I joined Facebook, I didn’t put too much thought in to the decision. Initially for me, it was a place to stay in touch with friends, to watch children grow and to learn lots of interesting literacy tidbits. Over time though, I began to see that it had possibilities for me as a writer as well. I began to post links to my blog and my readership soared. I find it easy to have conversations with friends and readers after I post and I also find sharing incredibly simple. I enjoy reading other people’s thoughts on posts and am often draw to readers and writers that I enjoy after reading their thoughts on a friend’s Facebook post.I feel comfortable posting on Facebook when something comes to mind but equally comfortable putting a thought aside to post about later.
Why not Twitter?
As I mentioned above, I joined Twitter as part of a homework assignment at a social media conference. I have tried and tried to embrace this form of connecting. I can tweet and I can re-tweet. I can share links. But that is where my understanding ends. I don’t understand how to post a modified tweet. I can never follow a question and answer between two other people. I know that I am missing out on so much information and so many connections that it drive me nuts. I have often heard Twitter referred to as a giant cocktail party. My father always called cocktail parties, “stand up and shouts.” When I was younger this made no sense to me. I loved a fun cocktail party. As I’ve gotten older though I’m afraid I am starting to understand where my father was coming from. When too many people are talking all at once, I find it hard to focus. I wonder if this is what is happening to me with Twitter? I also feel worried about the timeliness of tweets. I feel like I have to be on Twitter constantly to stay connected and that stresses me out.
So. Here’s to the beginning of an interesting conversation. I can’t wait to learn more about the worlds of Facebook and Twitter….