Social Networking: Virtual Me, Virtual You

So true.


Isn’t it weird that we have virtual lives, and that we’re comfortable with some social networking sites, but not others?

I’m all-in for Facebook and Instagram. Facebook is where I visit with friends, family, and fans. Instagram is my peek into the lives of people I (kind of) know, or am related to. I love to share my photos there, and  goggle at the way people can make their lives look way more fascinating than mine. Twitter is where I gather interesting info from artists, aggregators, news, and giggle over headlines and live-tweeting shows with my friends. But I get so annoyed at the political tweets and retweets and meanness that I stay away from there for days at a time.

Pinterest is my visual playground. I wish I could spend more time there.

LinkedIn (Ah, I must have finally deleted my profile!) and Myspace show up in my dreams sometimes like old classes I keep forgetting to attend.

What about you? What’s your relationship with social media, and do you have a favorite?

(If we’re not hooked up on these sites, let me know, or follow me and I’ll follow you back…)


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10 thoughts on “Social Networking: Virtual Me, Virtual You”

  1. Priscilla says:

    HAHAHAhahaha! The “vintage social networking” comic! Oh gosh, I can’t type, eyes blurred with laugh-tears.

    My life is busy enough. I have a blog and a few corresponding pins on Pinterest, but that’s it. My hat is off to those who can juggle oodles of social networking sites and still stay sane!

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Isn’t that hysterical?

      I know how intense keeping up with a blog can be–this past year I’ve spent a lot less time on social media. Which isn’t a bad thing, I think.

  2. Gram says:

    FB and Pinterest are all I can handle and even then it is sometimes too much. I seem to be still on Linkedin, but never go there and have tried to get off. I get email from authors and from book reviewers and need more reading time, not more social media time.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      I wish I could remember how I got off of there so I could share–must say I haven’t missed it.

  3. skyecaitlin says:

    Laura, this is terrific; the only thing social I’m on in Pinterest and Good Reads; I rarely go on Linked but I get invitations, which I ignore. I have never seen how things really work and it looks so confusing! Your doughnut theme, however, explains it all.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      I just went to the LinkedIn front page and it was full of happy, stylish business people. I felt like and underachiever lol.

      Goodreads is delightful! I think I forgot to put that on the post. I do find it irritating that they make me friends with people without my asking. So strange.

      1. skyecaitlin says:

        Laura, I am on Good Reads a lot, and I love it. I have to approve friend requests, and sometimes, odd things can happen, so everyone should be careful who they ‘friend.’ There is a Contact page on GR’s, and you can ask in an e-mail; they will happily walk you through the process.

        1. Laura Benedict says:

          I will follow that up–thanks, hon!

  4. Sylvia says:

    My thoughts exactly! Especially LinkedIn lol so I stay off that one. Pinterest gives too many ideas, and not enough time or resources makes me feel unproductive. I think you can change a setting in goodreads to not automatically friend people.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      ALL of the things are on Pinterest! With my ADHD, Pinterest is very, very dangerous.

      Will look into the Goodreads thing–thanks!

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