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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Social Networking - Part 5

This is my continuation of looking at Social Networking and the various avenues available to us.

Yahoo Groups. I think they can be considered them Social Networking, depending on their purpose. I belong to about ten but in all honesty, I am a lurker. Rarely do I make a comment, but I try to read all of the messages. There I learn some industry gossip, who has a book coming out, who has finaled and/or won in a contest, what subject someone is blogging about in a particular place, online classes being offered, etc. These are almost as necessary to me as my critique group and blog following.

As far as commenting in a Yahoo Group, this is beyond my comfort level. So many of those who are posting comments seem to know each other and appear close. I sometimes feel like and intruder or stupid when I think about responding. I know, I am probably being silly, but this is another thing I need to work on. Maybe I will tackle it while I am preparing to be brave at the next conference.

How do you feel about Yahoo Groups? Do you belong to any? Do you lurk like me or a regular participant? Which ones do you recommend for an author, romance author, or someone who loves history?


  1. I'm not part of a Yahoo group and I don't even think I know what one is!

    I'm coming to the social media discussion late, and I still have much to learn. Just started blogging a year ago. I would say I use blogging the most, then Twitter (I'm a Twitter newbie and love it!). Facebook is next in line.

  2. Oh yeah, definitely love yahoo groups. My critique group and I use it to communicate. Also, I don't know people in my rwa groups but if there's a subject I'm interested in, I don't think twice about sending in a comment. :-)
    Don't feel shy! Some people do know each other, but many don't.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Yep! I know what you mean. I'm very active on two loops, but there are two others I'm pretty intimidated by. I lurk! Slowly, I'll gather the courage to be more active!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. I'm new here, *waves*, nice to meet you. :) Thus, I'm new your conversation/series on social networking.

    I've been blogging exactly one year, I have a Twitter acct. (only for a couple months now and I rarely pop on there) and I have a Goodreads acct. and that's pretty much the end of my social networking. I enjoy the blogs most, but they are the most time consuming.
    I don't FB at all...and I had no idea there were Yahoo groups! I'm intrigued. (if you have a moment, please shoot me an email with how I join these...)

    Have a wonderful week,