There is too much social media.
I know, I know. That makes me seem like a grumpy old man shaking his cane at the world, but it’s really true.
Just discovered a subfolder of my facebook mail called “other”, which has been quietly accruing mail since 2008, unbeknownst to me. Apparently they are messages from pages I have “liked” or ones sent via my author page(s). Just found a crapload of fanmail there, and feel like a total heel that it has gone unanswered. Sigh.
This isn’t the first such occurrence. The same thing happened a couple weeks ago when I logged into goodreads for the first time in a while and discovered a glitch that was holding back a slew of e-mail notifications about fan messages I had received there. Or the once every six months I log into MySpace. Or Deviantart. And hell, I can’t even remember the last time I logged in to LibraryThing or BookArmy. Kinda scared to at this point (update: Bookarmy has apparently since mutated into something called Authonomy). I am pretty good about keeping up with twitter and now google+, and I thought I was decent with facebook, but apparently not.
Social media has become so fractured that it is becoming unwieldy and in many ways defeating its own purpose, which is unity (and as Kaji tells us in the Evejah, “Unity is worth any price in blood.”). Just keeping up with the platforms eats up SO much time that could (and let’s face it, probably SHOULD) be spent writing more books.
Something needs to be done about it. I don’t mind using all these services—any way for me to connect with readers is a wonderful thing I am happy to take advantage of—but I need a single interface for it all, both to send and receive. Whoever invents that app or whatever will be my hero. Otherwise, things will continue to unintentionally get lost in the shuffle, like when I post something to twitterface and forget to put it on google+. Back in the day, the single interface was my email. Then it was this blog, then twitterface, but the advent of so many other forums has changed that, and maybe not for the better. I don’t know.
What I do know is that I need a new assistant to help me keep up. Rebecca was wonderful, but she is now a hotshot at Science Fiction Book Club. I was sorry to see her go, but she, you know, deserves a living wage and health insurance, so I had no choice but to give her the glowing reference she deserved. I need to find someone in or about Brooklyn who can help keep my social net from fracturing further, mail out books and bookplates, run contests, moderate my web forum, update my website and various fan pages, plan my convention travel/calendar, and make sure my wardrobe is appropriately nerd chic.
Been meaning to do a job posting on the appropriate (fractured) employment forums, but… busy.
Got that pesky Daylight War to worry about. I will blog an update on that one of these days.
In the meantime, if you have sent me a message, ever, and not gotten a reply, I am really sorry about that. Honest word.