When my social media clients ask me the difference between Facebook and Twitter, I tell them it’s all about communication; Facebook is the extended family picnic while Twitter is a rock concert. Both Twitter and Facebook are important networking tools, tools to use to build relationships online, while knocking them out of the ballpark by taking them offline.
To be honest, I was reluctant to embrace Facebook. I wondered if it was a more grownup version of MySpace except not as spammy. To my delight, Facebook continues to evolve for the better. Many people use it as a place for family and friends to share, but freelance writers can fully take advantage of its networking capabilities.
Writers on Facebook
There are thousands of writers on Facebook and many of them won’t mind befriending other writers. Writers can learn a lot by reading another Facebook user’s profile and time line. Read what your friends are working on, where they’re working, where they’re applying, who is hiring, and you can comment on all of the above. Sharing with other writers is the best way to learn about new opportunities.
Writing groups abound on Facebook. It doesn’t matter if you’re a journalist, a web writer or if you blog, there are other people who do what you do, and they’re all willing to discuss ideas and swap tips. If you’ve always wanted to join a writer’s group but can’t find or afford one in your area, try joining one of the Facebook writing groups. Writers post job tips, query tips, writing prompts and more.
Do you have a new ebook coming out? Is your blog hosting a conference? Are you going on a book tour? Use Facebook events to broadcast your news to everyone you know, and even some people you don’t know. Simply fill out the form listing the date, address and time and you’re good to go.
The Networked Blogs feature will allow you to place your blog’s feed in several different places including your profile and Facebook’s networked blogs list. Fans of your blogs can also add your feed.
Use the Fan Pages to build up a community around your books, blogs and other projects. This will enable you to share news, and will enable others to share and discuss their own topic-related news. Fan Pages are a terrific way to build up a community around your personal and professional brands.
Use FaceBook to gather ideas for your writing. What are the other writers doing? What are your friends talking about? If you’re ever strapped for ideas, visit Facebook and poke around for a while. When you’re through, you’re sure to have several items on your list.
Unwind with games and good reading. Facebook has quizzes, polls, videos and all sorts of distractions. Don’t procrastinate too much, but when it’s time to take a break, Facebook will keep you busy as you enjoy that cup of coffee.
How do you use Facebook? How has it beneffited you as a writer?