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My Internet Lifestyle

Okay. I admit it. Distraction is my own worst enemy. I don't think I could go a day without checking Facebook or Twitter. I know you're not the only one. Social media is contagious. I mean we tweet about EVERYTHING that happens in our lives. It's what people want to read right now.

Well, we no longer have two contenders for our time. Along with Twitter and Facebook, there is a growing number of people joining Google+, LinkedIn, and you guessed it, Pinterest. Did you know that Pinterest is the leading site for women? We make up over 80% of all users.

Pinterest was started in 2010 and is an online bulletin board used to visually share information.

Okay. As writers, we sell a lot of books based on what our covers look like, right? Well what if you want to show people what inspired the characters, or the setting? I created a bulletin board based on my latest release. It's a visual walk-through of the book.

I'm also using a bulletin board right now to plan my wedding. I post pictures of wedding dresses I like, locations I want to get married at, and everything in between. My friends and family give me feedback on what I'm pinning.

I think most people don't like Pinterest, because it's slowly taking away the prestige Facebook and Twitter offers. We spend so much time on there as it is adding friends, updating content, following people, etc. When a new social media outlet steps in, we have to start from scratch. Another reason why people don't like it, is because it takes away the written word. Of course, you can always write long captions to explain what the pictures mean. I've had many people 'like' my photos and place quotes underneath them. Young people love visually stimulating material. Sometimes the only way to influence someone is to show them.

For me, Pinterest is just another way to waste my time. At least, the pictures are pretty. :)
I know I've asked this before, but what is your favorite social media tool?

Happy writing!
-Diva J.

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Anonymous said...

Facebook because I use it as an instant messenger and it connects with Skype, but I also love Pinterest for recipe trends/ideas and Spotify. Spotify is a legal and free program where you make playlists, share music with friends on Facebook, and every time you play a song the artist makes money. :)

Diva J. said...

Thank you for sharing, Heather. I will definitely try out Spotify. This is the first time I've heard about it. Sounds great!

-Diva J.

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