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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)