Writers are generally thought of as hermit-like creatures, mumbling incoherently as they work out plot holes and twitch at the thought of the new Dan Brown book being released. And I try to uphold that vision at all times BUT I've fallen into the facebook trap, cleverly disguised as my grandma wanting photos of my children. By the time I'd figured it out, they had suckered me into Farmville and buying cows. WTF?
I quickly escaped and put myself into the no-Mafia zone, finding solace with others who had only bruises and the faint smell of salami wafting in the room. While I enjoy connecting with adults who had shared the halls of my high school (Hi Robin!) twenty-ahem years later, I find my closer connections are with fellow writers; those who have drug themselves away from their WIPs, unplugged the coffee IV and shared a piece of themselves I wouldn't have ever known about otherwise.
I'm curious to see how facebook and twitter will change the face of business. So far it's very bad manners to hawk your business on status updates. Peer pressure can be a lovely thing. But how long until facebook becomes an ad farm? I've already blocked those who tread too closely to the line if I haven't "fanned" their business page; think they'll learn from it? Most likely not.
What do you use your facebook/twitter for? Family? Business? Friends or games? Or is it just a lovely time-sucker that is socially acceptable?