I’ve been trying to promote myself on various social networks, or even if I’m not promoting myself, I’m on them. I figured my experience may help others figure out which networks are a good fit for them.
DeviantART: I use my secret identity on here. It’s my favorite social network and the one I’ve found most useful for making friends and social connections. It’s not a very good place to promote writing, or at least not for me, but if you’re a good artist, it seems very easy to promote yourself.
Facebook: This is the one I can’t leave because pretty much everyone is on it, but I don’t really care for it. (I only have a personal account, not an author’s page.) If you say something to a friend on Facebook, your other friends, even the non-stalker ones, are likely to see what you said. It’s really useful if you want to stalk people.
G+: It’s too quiet, so I tend to neglect it. I have friends on there who aren’t on Facebook. It’s one of those networks that I have to promote my blog, but I don’t do much else on it.
Goodreads: Yet another one under my secret identity. A few of my friends are on this one. I mostly use it for documenting every book I read. I don’t think I’m missing many books on there. I used to be on Shelfari, but that’s closing down and merging with Goodreads.
Pinterest: A bit to image-centered for my tastes. I keep forgetting to check it. It has promotional stuff mixed in with stuff from my friends, so it gets annoying.
Tumblr: It’s much like Pinterest, but a bit easier to scroll through stuff. I don’t like that I can’t comment on stuff without my followers seeing the comment, so there’s no real social experience unless one wants to be really public or PM someone. The community there feels a bit more like the DeviantART community, but there seems to be a dark undercurrent on Tumblr. A few of my friends are on there so I keep up with things, but it’s not a very good place to follow me.
Twitter: I hate character limits and have trouble figuring out what to say. I have a few friends on there, but the Twitter culture annoys me. I don’t like being somewhere where people follow you because they want you to follow them back. Following someone you have no interest in just seems rude to me.
Wattpad: I tried this one. I haven’t had any luck promoting stuff on it. My fanfic is much more popular than my original stuff. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like non-romance stories have a hard time going anywhere.
Camp NaNoWriMo: I use my secret identity. This one isn’t really a social network, but it is quite a bit of fun to talk to ones cabin. I did a long post about Camp last year.
Forums and chat rooms: I was on a forum that had a chat room. I really enjoyed it when it was alive. Forums are a great place to build community, and it’s also the place I’ve made the most long lasting friendships. I’ve even met many of my online friends in person.
What social networks do you use? Which ones have you found the most effective?