Over the weekend, I joined two more social media sites – Mastodon and Facebook. After Twitter went strange and quiet – unfortunately coinciding with my book launch! – I thought it would be a good idea to branch out, so that I’m not relying on Twitter for most of my promotion.
Everyone was suddenly talking about Mastodon. Some have joined as an insurance policy in case Twitter goes kaput, while many others are actively building networks on there. While I’m not leaving Twitter, I’m finding Mastodon quite interesting. It’s not really the same kind of site, although it does have the option to ‘boost’ posts (so, a re-Tweet) and is very much about hashtags. I think it has quite a friendly, early-internet feel, although that’ll probably lessen as more people join. I don’t pretend to understand how it all works but at the moment it’s very easy to gain followers based on your interests. You can also potentially connect with people who, for one reason or another, you haven’t met on other platforms, even if you’re part of the same communities. It can sometimes be slow and is not very intuitive, but I like the sort of frontier spirit.
Writers are often advised to join Facebook so they can have an official author page. Excited to have another outlet for my blog posts and writing promotion, I did so. However, I have had several problems already. Firstly, they banned me from ‘liking’ anything for no apparent reason and then extended the ban. All I had done was follow some other writers and like a few posts. Secondly, I wasn’t able to see a list of all my followers, so I wasn’t able to follow them back. Thirdly, I downloaded the app and it didn’t work properly so I uninstalled it. Finally, I couldn’t access the site at all and was then informed the account had been suspended as it apparently didn’t follow their community standards. I apologise to everyone I’ve been telling about my new author page, as you might not be able to follow or see my posts at the moment. It’s rather a knock to my confidence so early on. I clicked the option to disagree with their decision, the alternative being to do nothing and be permanently suspended. It’s supposed to be resolved in a day. Compared to the other social media I’m on, it seems pretty unfriendly so far and a hassle I could do without, but I want to make it work.
Final edit: My Facebook account was suspended yet again after a few days of being back in operation. I decided that it was too much of a headache, so I’m not on there any more.
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