Each of the sites below fill a specific niche for me. You can click on each link to see what I've done with it.
THE BIG ONES
Access Level: Low
Don't let the 300+ friend count fool you. Facebook is my safe place. Those are childhood friends, high school friends, college buddies. Family, family friends, people from Coeur d'Alene and Boise. There are also writers I've met, work friends, and fellow bloggers. There are less than a handful of people on my profile that I don't know, and I'm VERY careful who I allow on.
Comfort level: High
I can be silly or serious or whatever and know that some random stranger isn't going to troll me.
Promotion level: Low
Aside from occasional status update, you won't find much of my book info on this page. We've all had that friend that got into that great business selling insurance or phone service or whatever. Usually it makes them bad company. They talk about it all the time. I don't want to be that friend, so on my Facebook profile it's all about relationships: you, me and life in general.
Access Level: High
Any one can join if they have a Facebook account.
Comfort Level: Medium
At the moment, I know almost all the fans on the page. Eventually, that will change. I won't know every person that comments, but that's okay. I'm so comfortable with Facebook in general that it's hard to be nervous.
Promotion Level: High
This is my professional writer face, and it's ALL about the book here. A lot of book promotion, contests, excerpts, occasional email updates and a live feed from my blog.
Access Level: Semi-limited
Anyone can follow me, (unless you are a porn-gremlin, and then I will swat you with a rolled-up newspaper), but I don't always follow those who follow me. Most the people I follow are blog friends, regular friends, writers or agents.
Comfort Level: Medium High
I feel like Twitter is one giant conversation I can jump into at any time. The ability to block people, and to choose whom I follow, makes it a friendly place for me.
Promotion Level: Medium
Twitter is much more about building relationships and swapping information than it is about promotion. But it IS a great way to let people know what's going on. "I posted a blog here", "Read a great review of my book", etc. As long as you keep it balanced, no one seems to mind.
Access Level: High
I'm keeping the profile open for everyone with a Myspace account.
Comfort Level: Low
I started drifting away from Myspace when people started putting up profiles and flair that made my computer freeze. As a result, I'm not used to the format. Then why be on Myspace? Well, this is why. I want to be available to as many readers as possible. (BTW, If anyone has any Myspace suggestions, they would be welcome)
Promotion Level: Medium-High
While this is also a professional site, I'm not sure what promotions I'll use it for. Eventually it will probably be much the same as my Facebook page, a place for readers to access me and my books.
Goodreads~ So far I haven't gotten much into the social side of Goodreads. I know a few people on there, but I mostly use it to keep track of my "How many books in a year?" project.
Redroom~ This is a very cool place, but not one I've made a whole lot of connections at yet. It's a bit like going to a giant online writer's conference where you don't know anyone. You have some cool conversations, you hear some great stuff, and you people-watch.
I was also going to talk about blogging as a social networking tool, but this post is waaaay long. So I'll save it for Wednesday. But other that that, this is me, these are the places I hang out and the networks I'm on.
What are YOU on?