Tuesday, August 17, 2010

5 Places I Run

When the tinterwebs really took off, I was sucked right into the slipstream without a single glance backward. That's because I relish communicating with others, something that has guided everything I do in every medium before or since. It started with a local bulletin board service -- mostly populated with kids my age (when I was just out of high school). We dialed in on our awesome modems. I think I was on a DOS machine -- YES. In fact, here's how old school I am: I discovered how to telnet to a bulletin board service using a DOS prompt from a computer at school, so I could be online during breaks between classes. Telnetting was a way of connecting to a site via ISP address (I think -- I can't even remember).

Addicted? Why, yes. Thank you for asking.

Anyway. Times have changed. I'm no stranger to internet forums, web sites, message boards, twitter, whatevs. These days, here are the places I run around.

1. Facebook.
I never MySpaced or Beboed or any of that,mostly because I couldn't stand the noisy (and fugly) interface. Make it simple, and I'm there. Join me on Facebook if you haven't. I love you on Facebook.

2. Twitter.
I love Twitter like I love cupcakes, and that's saying a lot. It's one giant worldwide chatroom, limited by what you can say, which makes it beautiful as far as I'm concerned. I have to say, Twitter is my MOST favorite medium and I have made amazing connections off of Twitter. I ADORE you on Twitter. Absolutely freaking love love love. It all happens on Twitter.

3. Blogs
Blog comments are my primary stomping grounds within the writerly blogosphere. If you're really slick, you'll have cross-blog conversations with people -- I've seen many do it, plus I do it. Not purposefully. But because we're a collective of like-minded peeps.

4. Blip.
I just discovered Blip.fm which is basically a way for me to list and play all the songs I love and you can subscribe to it. A kind of DJ Twitter, if you will. I am so addicted. I've always wanted to DJ. When you want to hear what I like, tune into me. I blip every day.

5. Goodreads.
For years, I kept a spreadsheet listing what I read and when. Then came web sites that were useful, like Goodreads, which does that for you. Better, it shares your recommendations with friends. Love! It! My cousins and I share books this way. You can share with me, too. Connect with me on Goodreads and let's share the book love.

Where do you run? Tell me in the comments. I rely on you to keep me up to date with the latest and best things. (I mean for God's sake, I telnetted! I'm ancient!)


Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I run for facebook. Reading status updates is like crack.

I think that the reason I tend to shy away from twitter is because the site runs slowly for me... almost without fail. Now, this might not be the twitter-gods fault. I'm not blaming anyone. But, it's super annoying.

Goodreads is awesome! I use it mostly selfishly, to track my own reading.

Finally, blogging and commenting are essential to life, and lately I've been experiencing withdrawal symptoms, so I'm back.

Jamie Grey said...

Yay Goodreads! I just stumbled on this site myself and am totally in love. Goodbye spreadsheets!!

And I'm totally addicted to twitter now too. Nice to see I'm not the only one :)

Anne R. Allen said...

I love Twitter and Blogging (and I believe we have had some blog conversations, no?) I visit Facebook every day or two but I hate and fear it. Any organization that keeps trying to get me to "friend" my toxic ex-boyfriends does not feel safe to me. I joined Goodreads and never actually started using it--I guess because I'm always reading 10 books at once. Hadn't heard of Blip. I might have to check it out. But mostly I find it all eats away too much of my writing time.

So now I'm gonna turn off the Interwebz and Write!

Tawna Fenske said...

I'm still trying to decide if I want to do the Facebook thing. I recognize the marketing value of Twitter and blogging, but I tend to think of Facebook more as a tool for connecting with old classmates and family members. I could probably be persuaded to think otherwise with the right data, but right now I have my hands full just juggling the other two.

Will have to check out Goodreads though, as I've heard a lot about it.


Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

I ♥ Twitter as well and the blogosphere is like an extension of my neighborhood. I'm on facebook and used to be into it, but frankly, I'm kind of over it. I think it all went downhill when all those Farmville, Mafia Wars, what have you started popping up. I got tired of blocking all those annoying updates.

I'm a big fan of Goodreads too, such a great organizational tool. I haven't heard of Blip but may have to check it out. :)

Tina Lynn said...

Sierra, I run where you run. And you know that. Except for blip.fm. I have very eccentric musical inclinations. Don't want people to think I'm crazy.

Travener said...

Jeez, I don't do any of that stuff, except the blogging. What a loser I am.

Meghan Ward said...

Well, aside from running through the cemetery, which I'm about to do right now, I'm on FB, Twitter, my blog, and Linked In. I don't use Blip, and I'm on Good Reads but rarely use it. I use Delicious, but mostly just to bookmark all my pages, and I Twitter through HootSuite. Lately, though, I've been doing a lot less running online and a lot more reading on the iPad in bed at night. It's a tradeoff, but I think it's better for my writing, and I really enjoy it.

DL Hammons said...

The only place I RUN is here on the blogs, everywhere else its a walk...or even crawl. I joined Myspace (and subsequently Facebook) in self-defense. If you have teenage children its a must! You have to understand that world and what they are exposed to (or volunteering). I tolerate Facebook now because most of my family frequent there. I dabble in Twitter and I have to admit its entertaining. I've never heard of Blip and I'm going to check it out as soon as I finish this comment. And I've posted my reading habits to Shelfari instead of Goodreads. I found that first. *shrugs*

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