I recently joined Instagram, but I’ve been on Twitter for years. I find Twitter very useful in making connections and cooperating with other bloggers as we help publicize each other’s work. Instagram is also away to meet new people. How useful it is for marketing one’s blogs or products I’m not sure of yet. I do enjoy getting acquainted with people who share my interests whom I might not have ever met in the usual sites I frequent.
Facebook is a site I love to hate. I used to like it, but I get more disgusted with it every day. I understand why they run so many ads, but I don’t see why they feel the need to create content for me to post and then make me feel like I’ll hurt a friend’s feelings if I don’t post it. I’m talking here about those silly cookie cutter Friend Anniversary videos. Sometimes I don’t even recognize the name of the friend in the video. I don’t repost them anymore. I know how to create the content I want to post. Facebook doesn’t need to “help” me. Facebook would help more if it would let more friends see the content I do create in their timelines. I have never tried paid advertising there.
What keeps me on Facebook is the working groups for bloggers and those with other common interests. Those enable the kind of communication I used to have only with email lists. I prefer myLot.com for discussions. I just wish more of the people I know in the non-virtual world would join it.