Catching Up With The Social Media Times (a wall of text by steven lefcourt)
tl;dr version at bottom
So I recently realized just how important things like twitter and facebook have become. Granted, I understand how "big" they have become, but it wasn't until I got my like 20th "artist page like invite" that I started thinking about social media and its effects on consumerism- specifically freelance artistry in my case- and how as entrepreneurs, we really need to get with the times and utilize these new tools.
For a while I thought these things would be phases, but as the 2nd internet boom settles down into a semi-cohesive atmosphere certain sites have come out as clear, long-term winners. People don't want to constantly switch to new social media sites. They like new ones that cover new or different or specific things, but they don't replace what they have. Too hard to get all your friends to move with you. Facebook and twitter have legs. They will last a while (while acknowledging the possibility of extreme circumstances). So it's time to put down roots, and start engaging and building a fan/friend/follower base.
I used to fear the sort of idea of a person selling themselves through social media to friends, family and strangers alike, but honestly, it's how it's always been. People have been standing on street-corners, up on boxes for hundreds, if not thousands of years, trying to make a living, and get the needed attention to do so. At least tweets are quiet.
So I look forward to seeing and not hearing you on the twitterverse or the facebookscape, and I hope you'll check me out too. Post your links for me to see.
tl;dr? Twitter and facebook are important for artists. I need to stop denying it and utilize them. Post links for me to check your pages out and follow you, and feel free to check out mine Steven Lefcourt Art @ Facebook and Me @Twitters