Apparently, I can just give out this sign up link:
Tumblr is probably the best actual platform for promoting photography, except the audience seems to be mostly hipster college brats instead of clients. It's a lot of porn and recycling... it's a shame, the interface is great, the pages can be unique and personalized, the images are large and nice looking. It's also based on sharing images, which is good and bad in terms of copyright and usage... I'd love for art directors to be sharing my coolest images, but when it's a Tumblr called "F@#kYeah Pretty Blondes" reblogging my stuff it doesn't exactly help me.
And even if their terms and conditions are tolerable, it still promotes a culture of image appropriation, not something I want to encourage.
Facebook seems to have crested and I am so sick of seeing everybody's status updates and such that I've been ignoring it more and more. Even the potential client updates are getting really tedious and boring... too much information. They are finally losing members and my sense is that after the initial surge, Google Plus will experience the same thing.
Most of the people liking and friending me on Facebook are other photographers... i.e. competition. Hmm... so how many jobs have I gained thanks to Facebook versus lost to poachers and people offering similar alternatives, etc.?
I'm not sure that the benefit isn't just breaking-even and now declining. Perhaps the early adopters got the benefits but where are they now?
Granted I admit it probably makes sense to maintain a Facebook presence, and now a Google Plus one. But why spend so much time posting and why friend every damn photographer in the universe?
Darin - a quick search turns up at least a couple different ways of simultaneous posting to fb, G+ and also twitter.
Seems there's a Google+ "bot" named Agent G+, and a Chrome extension.
For reasons that are completely unclear to me, Agent G+ is now called...ready..."Rob McGee." Or perhaps "Shraga Malachi." Very strange.
Here is a post explaining how to link the two.
You go first!
I think that it is important to distinguish between public Facebook pages and private Facebook pages. I think that the former are for many businesses and individuals an important marketing tool. They provide a way to engage in two-way communication with one's current and potential clients that is more informal and less cumbersome than a blog + comment box. Re Google+, the more that I play with it, the more I am getting the sense that is not just a copy of Facebook, but a somewhat different animal.