When I joined Facebook â€“ was it only a couple of years ago? â€“ few of the writers I knew were using it.Â At first, I couldnâ€™t really figure out what the big deal about Facebook was.Â I knew I wanted to do some storytelling using its tools, but I didnâ€™t get the whole social networking phenomenonâ€¦mostly because I didnâ€™t have many friends.
Then suddenly it seemed like everyone joined at once.Â Friend requests started rolling in.Â Â And Fb became really useful to me.
Partly it was because I had regular access to writers I knew and liked and they had access to me.Â I connected to a whole lot of writers I hadnâ€™t known before and through their status updates and photos started to get to know quite a bit about them.Â And not just writers, broadcast execs, producers, directors, actorsâ€¦Â It was like a daily dose of networking.
Then came the parties and events.Â Facebook made it incredibly easy to run events that spread widely to writers, agents and executives, including Denisâ€™ and Alexâ€™s fantastic writer mafia parties, WWTV and lately the Ink events.Â These helped to make us not just Facebook friends, but a living breathing in person community.
Back before writers started turning up on Face, I could never have guessed that a website would do so much for writers.
(I should mention that scribosphere has been a vital part of this process.Â There are so many screenwriting bloggers out there doing fantastic work that helps to build a sense of a writing community.)
Now writers are starting to turn up on Twitter.Â There have been a few of us for a while (but Robbo and I are the most verbose).Â But in the last couple of weeks thereâ€™s been an influxâ€¦ and when Ink and heywriterboy turn up, you know the partyâ€™s starting.
What are writers going to do on Twitter?Â Iâ€™ve done a couple of things:
Once, when I was stuck in an airport, I sent out an SOS and my twitter friends suggested lots of websites I could go to watch streamed TV shows and movies.
But mostly, I use Twitter to lament my inability to cook.
Doesnâ€™t that sound like something you need more of in your life?
I canâ€™t say why you should jump onto Twitter and start using it wildly. Back in the day, I didnâ€™t know why you needed a Facebook account.Â But you did and you made it into something pretty cool.Â And I suspect the same thingâ€™s gonna happen with Twitter.Â If you go start using it, youâ€™ll turn it into a writer place in ways I canâ€™t imagine right now.Â I just ask one small favour, donâ€™t forget to follow jill380!
NOTE: For more on Twitter, check out Rob’s post on the Twitter HoHoTo event.