One of my RWA groups had some links passing around early this week, to a few articles that discussed trends in social media. The gist of those? Facebook is falling off in popularity with young people.

Now it’s important to point out that FB is still the big hitter out there in the social media world, but it seems to be losing the interest of many young folks, mostly because their elders are on there as well. They don’t want their grandmother in on their conversations with their college friends.

How does that affect me, as an author with a debut right around the corner (for high values of ‘right around the corner’)? I’m not sure. Apparently, two of the up-and-coming media platforms are Pinterest and Tumblr. Both are more about pictures than text.

While I do have a Pinterest account, I rarely use it. I’m at a loss for understanding how an author could use that platform to good effect. If you can point me to some good examples, I would appreciate it.

I don’t have a Tumblr account. Again, I don’t know exactly how an author would use one to their advantage. What would you guys suggest?

I do have a Twitter (@jkcheney), but I’m not on there enough to be a ‘good’ user. I’m trying to stay more current there, but there are days when I just don’t get around to Tweeting.

So perhaps I’ll have the media world figured out by the time the ‘big day’ comes. Perhaps.

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(Links courtesy of Marsha West)

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