By Pavarti K. Tyler/ Sometimes it all feels overwhelming. I’m supposed to read, write, text, tweet, FB, blog, Google+, LinkedIn, make videos, go to chats, AND somehow work and have a family. We’ve talked here before about how to prioritize our time, how to manage social media etiquette and how to be a good member of the Indie Community. But what about everyone else?
Since I’ve joined Google+ I’ve been impressed with its interface, its ability to connect with people and the viral nature of posting there. I have more shares on G+ but fewer comments. More friends, but fewer real connections. What I really have though, is more spam.
Since joining G+ I’ve gotten at least two “Hi, I pretty girl want to chat?” messages in Google Chat every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY. It makes me want to turn off GChat completely, but I love it too much! My husband talks to me there from work, my clients ask me questions, my friends say hello, and sometimes it’s just nice to have a conversation in the middle of the day with someone you usually only see in passing online.
Nonetheless, G+ seems to have become more about spam and less about being social. Despite my use of circles, my limited posting and advertising, and attempts to comment on others’ posts, it seems all I get are requests to video chat from guys with symbols in their names who live overseas. Guess what fellas, I’m not available.
So what’s your favorite social media tool? What’s your least favorite? How do you manage them all? And please, stop giving e^il7 in Madagascar my email address!
Pavarti is a member of the Novel Publicity Team as marketing director. She also provides content editing as a consultant or for her Novel Pub clients. Her unique experience as a dramaturge, both on and off Broadway, has provided her the opportunity to work closely with many playwrights and directors, allowing Pavarti to consider both the literary and audience perspective. Pavarti K Tyler’s novel Two Moons of Sera is a Fantasy/Romance and is being released in a serial format. Her next novel Shadow on the Wall is scheduled for release in early 2012. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.