Okay kids, it's the moment nobody's been waiting for:
I've decided how I'm actually going to use Google+. I think.
My buddy +david reiss
doesn't follow me on Facebook because it's simply a mirror of my twitter feed. He dislikes the idea of replicating content across multiple platforms, and I agree with him in principle. Hell, I agree with him in practice when anyone else does it...
...I do it myself because (A) my twitter followers and my Facebook friends, for the most part, do not intersect, (2) I have enough trouble coming up with a single creative thing to say in a day, let alone enough to diversify my content across three separate social networks each with their own slant, and (D) sometimes I'll just happen to have a single thing I want to say to everybody, which is sort of a combination of my first two reasons, but I really needed a third one to complete the Home Alone reference.
So, what then, should I use each of these for?
I think I've got it now.
Twitter: Still my big gun. I originally created that account to hone my skills as a creative writer. Anyone can barf out 500 words in hopes that something of value is gonna stick in the reader's mind; it's much tougher to be consistently witty within a 140 character constraint. I wanted to use twitter for "funny practice". Over time, however, and thanks to the heat death of the TooMuchAwesome community, twitter became the hangout and home base for a running dialogue between all my internet songwriter friends. It became the off-topic forum we contestants visited after a hard day in the studio to unwind. This is still gonna be the place where I go shoot the breeze with everybody, and I'll still generate content that filters over to the Blue Monster.
Facebook: Sure, all my status updates will be the same as what I post to twitter, but this is also where I'll write snarky comments to people who tag me in pictures.
So that leaves google+. Here at google+, I'm gonna pick up the torch that I snuffed out when I stopped writing over at my blog, Prose Justice. Blogging doesn't work anymore unless you're a full-time blogger. Which is to say, if you want to publish a newspaper all by yourself. I don't and I can't. Microblogging, however, anyone can do... nevermind the fact that I'm approaching that 500-word mark and I still haven't actually told you what I promised I would back at the second sentence of this post.
So here it actually is, the Thing I'm Going To Do Here: google+ is going to be the place where I chronicle my struggles as an amateur musician trying to get out of the rut. My line of thinking is that if I keep writing about music, maybe that will get me into the headspace I need to be in to actually write music
. If twitter is still "funny practice", then google+ is gonna be "musician practice". This idea absolutely cannot fail.