In the past few months I have created a Facebook fan page to connect with food allergy fans and promote my new book, I have joined Goodreads, and I have started my own pin boards at Pinterest. Whew! It’s a lot.
And even more recently, Facebook forced me to the timeline layout, and my only beef is that it appears I never had a life before 2008. According to Facebook, there’s no proof I was born, went to college, or did anything for the first four decades of my life. Facebook very kindly prompts me to add photos for those periods, but conveniently forgets that we not only didn’t have digital cameras in 1970’s, we didn’t even have compact cameras. At least I can prove (with photos) that I had my children, but not until 2011, and only due to a nifty little photo scanner.
But let me spend a little bit of time on Goodreads and Pinterest, which share the concept of being for a more targeted audience. Goodreads, while not new (just new to me) allows you to create bookshelves with books you’ve read and books you want to read. It also allows you to review books, and see what your friends are reading and saying about books. It’s a reader’s dream for finding great goodies (not just the same top bestselling authors). Goodreads is focused for a very specific purpose.
I was leery about Pinterest at first, and completely unsure what to do with it, until I realized that people were pinning my photos and recipes. Pinterest allows you to create photos boards (or vision boards) and pin pictures from all over the web. (One exception I’ve found is Facebook – you can’t pin from Facebook – despite the fact that Facebook users like to post photos).
Having played with if for a bit, I have concluded that Pinterest is a dream site for a food writer/recipe developer/food photographer, like myself. I can create boards of recipes I’ve developed, recipes I want to try to make, photos I love, photos from my new book – anything that suits me. I can follow other people or their boards, and I can re-pin! The best part is that anything pinned from my website gets pinned with a link back – so there’s a great deal of linky love going on there!
While my blogs continue to be the hub for my online life, for me, Twitter is where it all comes together. I can tweet my blog feed, and I can tweet what I post on Facebook.
What’s your favorite social media tool or find in the past year? What do you like best, and why?