From the Vault: More Social Networking Sites for Authors

There are number of other websites and tools besides Twitter, FaceBook, and Google+ that are ideal for establishing relationships online. Many of these sites allow writers to find a highly targeted segment of Internet users to share ideas and get feedback. The sites can also be used to reach people who might be interested in purchasing your books, photobooks and other Lulu.com content.

Plurk is a great site to find people with similar interests. The service is similar to Twitter, but enables conversations to be followed much more easily.

Tumblr is another micro-blogging site to share text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, or email.

Pinterest is a digital bulletin board that you can post likes and interests to for seamless sharing with others.  This is a great place to recommend titles you like yourself, and casually mention your work.

StumbleUpon is a perfect site to find sites that match your exact interests. You can surf sites on any topic and easily add your own favorites and your own Lulu content easily. It is not uncommon for StumbleUpon to generate thousands of views of a single web page.

These are just a few of the many sites and tools available to promote your Lulu.com projects. Feel free to add any other ones you like to use, or links to your pages, in the comments section.

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4 Comments

  1. Re StumbleUpon

    You say “You can …..easily add your own ….your own Lulu content easily.”

    But that surely is against the terms & conditions of StumbleUpon which allow you to promote your “personal non-commercial site.”

    Promoting our books in this way would be- commercial usage for which, to be legitimate, you would have to sign up with StumbleUpon as an advertiser.

    It cannot be in in Lulu’s interests to get a reputation for encouraging its users to spam sites with commercial messages.

    Or am I missing something here?

    From StumbleUpon’s T&Cs

    “if you have a personal, non-commercial site that you’d like to share with others, you are permitted to submit it to StumbleUpon. you may be identified as spammer.

    If you have a commercial site that promotes a specific product or service, you may only use StumbleUpon to drive traffic if you are an approved Advertiser.”

  2. Dan London

    Peter,

    I am not advocating “spamming” stumbleupon. I have seen many people submit sites to StumbleUpon over and over and then get banned. That is spamming.

    What I am suggesting, is to join a group of like minded StumbleUpon users. If a user just submits their content over and over, they are not going to get many views of their page. But if a user takes the time to stumble other content, and really become part of the community; gaining subscribers and friends, then the site will be beneficial.

    Again, I am not advocating spamming the site, or any of the sites above. I am advocating using the site as a social networking tool not as a vehicle to spam.

    Let me know if you have anymore questions.

  3. Really, I love plurk. I want to Plurk always.

  4. Interesting that Plurk and Pinterest are doing well, my money at the time would have been on StumbleUpon as the clear winner. Just shows how unpredictable the net is.

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