Social Media

Inbox this a.m. contained yet another invitation to friend someone I know on Facebook. Had resisted so far, but this person is a member of my family, so I clicked the join link. Then it flung me off in the middle of adding friends. Am not adept at social media…although I’m getting a bit of an education from John.

Read recently that women over 50 are the fastest growing population segment on Facebook. Because of that, I’m sure all the kids will leave (including my own) soon for the next new thing. The main thing I’m interested in is finding out how Facebook is different from a blog with a solid blogroll. More pictures?

I was on Twitter for about a day. I signed up to view a friend’s tweets. I never tweeted myself. I sensed right away that I needed more characters;-) After viewing the friend’s tweets, I closed out my account. Somehow am still receiving emails saying people are following me. On Twitter. Where I’ve never posted a tweet. I don’t get it.

Not sure what kirtsy is, either, but one day it replaced Twitter on 50-Something. It’s like I almost don’t want to know but there’s this curious little devil inside that wants to find out.


  1. Hi Cynthia, I am not sure of the value of Twitter either, though I’ve resolved to try it for a while. There are so many social sites, I can’t keep up with them. Yes, I am on Facebook too, but rarely get around to visiting.



  2. I would suggest that on Facebook (perhaps unlike a blog) there is no great pressure to be profound or articulate. Its just a website to document what you’re doing and to see what your friends are doing in aggregate form (through status updates, photographs, videos, “groups” and “pages”).

    Though, frankly, I log into Facebook and check to see if there are new messages or alerts that interest me… and then log out minutes later.

    Twitter on the other hand, I absolutely adore. Every 140 character message is another little piece of an individual and I am slowly gaining a more complete picture of who each individual is, what makes them ‘tick’, what is important to them. In any moment a ‘tweet’ can be profound, sad, sweet, funny, or obscurely and amazingly trivial.

    As a writer, the 140 character limit is a really interesting restraint. You start thinking about how to articulate thoughts in a really concise manner. And as a slightly neurotic person I’ve come to realise that by ‘tweeting’ a funny (sarcastic/ironic/self-deprecating) remark in situations that I feel uncomfortable in, not only can I make other people laugh, I also laugh myself – and this helps me relax and things just work better after that.

    Clearly I am a twitter ‘true believer,’ but it was such a personal revelation for me…


  3. John, they say when the student is ready, the teacher appears. Thanks for the illumination…I can see how a Facebook page will be different from this blog, and why that is a good thing, since most of my friends aren’t writers and so AWD isn’t really ideal for them to catch up with news on me. And I am, once again, intrigued by the Twitter idea, especially as a writerly exercise in restraint.


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