That’s what I call viral.
And that’s just small stuff, compared to those who have huge followings. I’ve got less than a hundred. (Wanna follow me? Come on, you know you wanna.)
I also see how dangerous they are. Post some small detail, and instantly you could find it sent around the world.
Facebook doubly so; I have some of my husband’s inlaws on there, and frankly, that’s a little scary.
I’m contemplating creating a more public Facebook persona for my writing-related stuff. I prefer to keep my facebook to real-life friends and family… not real keen on adding a bunch of random people I don’t know. I keep it as private as possible.
So what does this have to do with writing? Well, one thing I’ve learned in the past couple of years is that the publishing industry is changing… rapidly. The dynamics are changing. Viral marketing using social media like twitter, Facebook, even blogs like this one, are absolutely essential to success. Published author J.A. Konrath writes his blog about this very thing, and is trying tons of experiments to see just what he can do. A lot of his success comes from his own blood, sweat, and tears (and gas miles.) It’s up to us, as wannabes, to be aware of these things, and start laying the groundwork now. And by not sabotaging ourselves before we even behind. Remember that as ephemeral as the Web may seem, with it’s 140-character rambling thoughts, those memes, and facebook apps that suck away our time (I can say with pride that I have never used a facebook app, and I’ve blocked every one anyone I know has sent me), these things are NOT ephemeral. With the power of google, something can stay cached long after you’ve tried to delete it.
And any writing you’ve posted? You lose control of it. I know, it’s protected by copyright, but that doesn’t mean everyone will to respect it. And there’s some debate about whether or not posting your work counts as publication; You can be certain any potential publishers will google your work and see what comes up. That’s why you’ll never find any of the work I intend to publish online; I want complete control over it until it’s published. If I post something here? It’s likely because I don’t ever intend to DO anything with it, or have offered it as “free” fiction for your pleasure. If I get rich and famous and they want to make a book out of my blog… well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. You know, sometime around the time pigs fly.
So the point is, be aware of what you do online, on social media websites,etc. You never know when it might bite you in the ass.