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I couldn't stand Facebook at first, but now I love it... and definitely see the publicity potential.

I think this is the link to me:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000043947040

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#31 - March 30, 2010, 12:33 PM
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Badly, pretty much. Have hardly been over there lately (I'm such a slow writer that I find it hard enough to keep up with the actual writing) but I can't really say I understand the appeal of it or Twitter anyway. I'm a major introvert; if you ever hear me say I'm spending too much time over there you'll know I've been taken over by pod people. If this happens don't go to sleep because that's how they get you!
#32 - March 30, 2010, 05:36 PM
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Diana, I also find the colliding worlds thing weird. My paid writing work is a world apart from children's writing and I don't really want those worlds to mix. So far, I've kept my children's writing world away from Facebook but I'm not sure how feasible that will be in the future - it might also limit me.

Two accounts might be an option, but who's got time for that?!
#33 - March 31, 2010, 12:41 AM

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Facebook has been an amazing resource/ tool for me, personally. It's great for connecting with readers, starting discussions, keeping in touch with other authors, and basically having a public presence as an author.

I have to tell you, though, that I wouldn't touch an app with a ten foot pole. Every moment you spend on Farmville is a moment you're not writing, eating cookie dough, or otherwise making a memory that you'll remember more than a day later (do I sound a little snarky?) I'm on FB for the people, not the games.
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if you ever hear me say I'm spending too much time over there you'll know I've been taken over by pod people.
:D CK, LOL!!! I'm the same way. That's why I only use my maiden name to keep a smidge of privacy.

Franziska - Yes, I'm now hearing that some people have two accounts. I wish I had thought of that. Although maybe when my first book comes out (someday) I can just have a separate fan page? Also, I guess it will be nice to have one central place to create a little buzz even among non-writers.

Maggie - I don't touch the games either. I'm not even going to look. Cookie dough sounds much better!

Thanks for the link, Laura! :)
#35 - March 31, 2010, 07:57 AM
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Cool, Diana 8) So if I ever hear you say your time's getting eaten up by copious Facebook use I'll get out my ray gun and keep my eyes peeled for aliens!

I also agree with you and Maggie re. the cookie dough. There's not much in this life that trumps cookie dough!
#36 - March 31, 2010, 12:37 PM
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 :hahaha Yes, that would be a very clever way for the aliens to finally get facebook accounts and take over the world!

I just realized I wrote "maiden" name, but of course I meant that I only use my married name. I never use my maiden name.

And now, off to eat some cookie dough  :cookie  :D
#37 - April 01, 2010, 07:30 AM
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DonnaM, that's how I feel about FB--my worlds are all colliding, and it's weird. High school, church, college, writing, Chile, Germany friends, all there together, and many of them clueless as to what I'm talking about because they didn't know about that side of me.

So, I figured out how to turn off all the games updates from people so I can just see "real" posts. And I understand theoretically that I can form groups and just post certain things to certain people (frex pictures of family that I might want to show some people I in real life know, but maybe not open up to every person on the internet). But is there a way to check FB and be anonymous? One of the huge things that makes me hide from FB is that it seems every time I get on it, people see I'm there and want to chat. Um, I have nothing against talking to people, please don't take this personally! But usually when I'm on the internet it's because I'm simultaneously holding a baby and can't do anything else (include chat). And um, I do have a life and a lot of things to do, and I don't have time to talk about voting for someone's digital pet or whatever. So, is there a way for me to hide the fact that I'm logged onto FB? Or will I have to continue to sneak in at odd times to check it?
#38 - April 10, 2010, 06:48 AM

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Olmue,

In the bottom right corner, you'll see a word that says "Chat" with a green button.  Click on the word.  The list of people online will open up.  At the top it says Options.  Click there, and go offline.  Leave it on that setting forever and no one will bug you.
#39 - April 10, 2010, 06:55 AM
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Thanks, Anne Marie! I had wanted to do that, too. Hooray!
#40 - April 10, 2010, 07:05 AM
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I'm with Anne Marie. Turn that sucker OFF. I haven't had it turned on since I found out how to toggle it. Otherwise I was pounced on by 1,000 people before I had a chance to go ACK! ACK! ACK! NO CHATTING!
#42 - April 10, 2010, 02:10 PM

Hello, my name is Bryan, (all: hello, Bryan) and it's been a week since my last FB post...

Seriously, I deactivated my account last week.   I just don't have the time for it--it was cutting into my Blueboards time! :tease
#43 - April 10, 2010, 03:54 PM
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Thanks for the info AM!!! I'm offline now ;)

BTW, did anyone see South Park's latest episode where Stan didn't want to get sucked into Facebook? It was great! Although, I have to say I've never seen Yahtzee on FB.
#44 - April 10, 2010, 09:55 PM
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Thanks so much, AM! That's great to know. It seems there are many options for me to learn about.

Welcome, Bryan.  Admitting you had a problem is the first step. :coffee

Stephanie, that sounds like a funny one! I haven't watched that in a while.
#45 - April 11, 2010, 07:16 AM
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Good going, Brian! BlueBoard time is definitely more important than Facebook time!

I've been offline on Facebook from the beginning.  :chesirecat
#46 - April 11, 2010, 08:20 AM
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I turned off chat, too. People always wanted to talk when I had allowed myself 3 minutes on FB. Ack!

A while back I posted a status that I'd figured out how to hide game updates. Several people thanked me. One person got defensive. lol!

I've made groups. I mostly post everything to everybody, but some writing-related stuff I figure only other writers care about so I hide it from everyone but the writers group.
#47 - April 12, 2010, 08:59 AM

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Wanted to bump this up because Nathan Bransford just posted a great guide for authors getting started on Facebook.  It tells you how to create a Fan Page and a Book Page. Thought it might be useful.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/02/facebook-for-authors-how-to-get-started.html
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