Antisocial networking

I’ll be the first to admit I’m both a bit ass-backwards and brazen when it comes to technology. The plus side of this is that I’m not afraid to dabble in new (or not so new) applications and tools, even if I have no expertise or business in doing so. (Note the similarity with my Home Wrecker / DIY description.) On the not so plus side, I’m not afraid to dabble in new (or not so new) applications and tools and have no business doing so.

So after realizing that many of the people who I’ve befriended on Facebook and LinkedIn also have MySpace profiles, coupled with the fact that instructors at the writer’s conference I recently attended promoted the sites for networking and promoting your work, I decided to create a MySpace profile, too. I know, a few years behind here, but ok!

Well, all I can say to MySpace is you are MyEffingPitA (Pain-in-the-Ass).

I signed up and tried activating my account through the verification email. That didn’t work at first, but after a few tries it did. I then set up a basic profile. At my age I thought I didn’t need to express myself with annoying bling-bling or graphics… but then I saw there is a tool where you can do simple formatting like changing the background color, fonts, etc. Ooh, that might be nice! I thought. So, I switched from my browser to Internet Explorer — because PitA can only do the formatting changes through IE — and it all went downhill from there.

Formatting changes I thought I made didn’t take, I became obsessed with trying to match colors though the color palette tool but it kept changing back to a color I didn’t want, and at least one formatting change I know did take is visible when I open the page through my browser, but not IE where I made the change. Huh?

I also learned that MySpace continues to be a closed system and I can’t import my blog posts from here into my profile like I do on FaceBook. To top it all off, I set up these profiles to network and to potentially gain more readers. In fact, it appears MyHeadache has more networking opportunities –but for some reason I’m not searchable through their search function. WTF? No one knows I’m there! Or here. Or wherever. I’ve sent three different messages to technical support and they continue to respond back with auto-reply answers that don’t answer the question. The answers don’t even cover the subject i’m asking about!

How am I going to support my delusion idea that other writers, editors and agents will ever find me? How will the nice cat ladies writing paranormal teen-vampire romances I met a few weeks ago be able to contact me?

Effing technology.

Yesterday I brunched with a group of tech-savvy women who were kind enough to invite this old bitty to join them. They were telling me that I should get on Twitter and also do a podcast someday. I almost choked on my omelette.

(You can find me on Facebook or MySpace by clicking on the links to the right of this post under “Stay Up to Date”. I’m on LinkedIn, too. Look me up! Be my friend! Please!)


16 thoughts on “Antisocial networking

  1. I have yet to join any of those sites…I’m a little slow when it comes to the tech world. I’m doing good just to have my blog. Good luck with social networking!

  2. Haha this whole post cracked me up!

    I just friended you on facebook, too 😉

    For a while I had a myspace account but I just hated it! I hated that “bling” and “glitter” and I especially hated the fact that every time you went to a new “friend” page different music played and it took forever to load the various slideshows and background images…oh, and I also hated all the spamming that took place. And the friend requests from wanna be porn stars. And all of the creepsters who look for young girls on there.

    Get on twitter! A.S.A.P! Seriously, it’s awesome!

  3. Twitter frightens me… I think maybe I’m just too old. If you figure it out, lemme know how it works ‘k?

    And MySpace gives me a headache. I’m on it, but I’m afraid to visit any of my friends’ pages for all the reasons Allison listed.

  4. MySpace = Giant suck of suck
    Facebook = Giant suck of time playing Scrabble
    Twitter = More fun that I should be allowed to have

    Just for the record, I’ve probably picked up a couple dozen readers from Twitter. There’s some good word of mouth flowing through there, even if the app is broken half the time because of too many users.

  5. Allison: There will be no twittering here. As it is I’m going to have to create a cardboard cutout of myself so my kids will remember what I look like.

    Allison/Liz: I do have a song on my MySuckitude profile. Sorry 😦

    Jennie: I had fun at brunch. Thanks for inviting me!

    Burgh Baby: I know what you guys are doing on Twitter and how much fun it seems to be, but I’m going to pass for now. I like your descriptions of the other 2 sites, btw.

    Shannon: I’m so glad you found me, thanks.

    Kweenmama: You may be one of the lucky ones. Stay away from all this stuff — except my blog!

  6. Oh, by the way, after about the 6th exchange of emails, the MyGoFlyAKite tech support people sort of answered my search question. The lucky staff member told me to give it a few weeks so the system could “learn” about me and how to find me.

    I don’t mean to minimize the complexities of technology and databases and such…but how hard is it for the wee little server/computer/thingy to find my name? I mean, doesn’t it handle like a gazillion records? Can’t it handle one more? Isn’t it built for that very purpose?

    Look, I love tech support people and technology, but c’mon.

  7. I’m with you. Though I find MySpace to be far less weird than Facebook, where people seem to be forever throwing dodgeballs, werewolf attacks, and knighthoods at me. Can’t we all just get along?

  8. Littlemansmom says:

    I have a facebook page but I NEVER go to it anymore! I think it was just a phase.

    I’m so glad I found you, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve added you to my list of “places to peek”

  9. Susan, I agree 1000% that MySpace is really aWasteOfSpace, thanks mostly to the evolution of the other sites out there. BTW, I’m on MySpace and get tired of all the silly friend requests disguised as spam. Oh well – I’m also on FB and Twitter BTW.

  10. Sean says:

    I tried out Facebook for a few months last year but got fed up with werewolves and vampires biting me, and people poking me all the time. It’s a very violent place!

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