Hmph . . .
You know what this leads to? Confusion. Web overload. A gazillion passwords for a gazillion different social apps. AND Massive time sucking.
But hey, you get to meet great people, develop good relationships, develop your brand, hopefully get a fan base, and get your name OUT THERE.
As a writer myself, I understand the importance of LEARNING from social media. Learning about grammar, plotting, grammar, writing, grammar, how to query, grammar, stalking agents, and mostly importantly, grammar. So I am ALL for writers using social to learn their craft. After that, I'm on the fence.
Here's why: agents can't even agree if a writer needs an online presence. Scott Eagan and Mary Kole say no. Jill Kemerer (writer) did a post on several agents who say yes. And Alan Rinzler did a post on what you really need to know about a new author platform.
There's tons of information out there about it. And I think the answer lies in the writer. Think about it. Stephanie Meyer didn't blog or do anything crazy when Twilight went bat-crap crazy. Stephen King? Nope. Nora Roberts? Nope. J.K. Rowling? Nope. Sure, they might have Twitter and Facebook fan pages NOW ... but they didn't. Their FB pages and Twitter accounts didn't make them famous (their writing did that!). And you better believe that none of them have blogged.
But then there are writers who have used social media to work for them. A couple good examples would be Tahereh Mafi and Roni Loren. They blogged until their fingers bled and developed their brand like nobodies business.
So where do you fit into to the social media madness? Like I said, I'm still on the fence. Don't get me wrong, as a soon-to-be-published author, I've got every account you could possibly imagine. Am I using them to my full potential? Not yet. I WILL use them, though. But for me, it's going to be a matter of what works for ME.
Now, what works for you? How do you feel about the social media madness?