I can say honestly that I get better professional development on Twitter than any seminar I was ever made to sit through. Facebook, on the other hand, exhausts me and really gives me little more than an insight on what someone did on a Saturday night.
Pleasure, discovery, ideas, community
Brainstorming, latest news and information on variety of interests, friendships with like-minded individuals - worth the time and energy.
I tend to think of it as a kind of gleaning, which I've always found to be rewarding: pick something up off the heap or just leave it where you found it (someone else might find it useful)... Do it when you want to. Don't when you don't.
On Lens we get a quarter of our traffic from social media. I also get ideas for posts from my facebook feed. I spend a lot of time on it. And analogue life does get in the way of social media .
Facebook seems to be the place I can share my photography events, as well as create discussions about my work by embedding comments onto parts of my website.Twitter is the way I communicate with people farther away, geographically and culturally. I can directly tweet companies questions, a photographer in Europe, or a videographer in Canada which is social networking at its finest.Tumblr is where I create a visual log of inspiration. I post my images as well as other images that I find captivating. I often go back to my archive if I am lacking vision for an image or shoot.
I'll second Andy's comment. I've managed to become a part of a fantastic online community of creative people that simply wouldn't have been possible without Twitter (Facebook's ROI hasn't been quite as significant for me).
Terrific! Some really honest feedback. Thank you!
Oh, wow - I've used Facebook to contact a friend to get a ride to the emergency room after collapsing since I didn't have my phone. Haven't physically seen my family in over a year, but at least we have Skype.And then there are those random weirdos you meet online who have such a profound impact on your life (David Bram, Camden Hardy, David R. Munson, etc)....
honestly i use my FB to reach my students quickly, being that they are addicted, tumblr for inspiration and to see what else is out there in other genres as well. google +, now we'll have to see on that one.i do not tweet much anymore, but after reading the comments above, I believe I may be missing out on some amazing information.
Like FlakPhoto I'm primarily into it for the "Pleasure, discovery, ideas, community"
Right now I am mostly using Facebook and I really like it as a bulletin board of what people are doing and seeing. And I feel like it's starting to develop into a possible discussion board, too. I do get a sense of community from it.
In years past, I spent way too much time on social media, with little to no return on my time invested. My facebook page/fan page was hacked repeatedly, so I quit! Now I only do a blog with great feedback and real results. Less time devoted to the computer equals more time to be creative, more time being creative equals more work created!
I get a lot out of visiting other peoples blogs and tumblrs. They give me new ideas and inspire me to make more contacts and friends. I mainly use facebook to engage my like-minded 'friends' in the topics i post on my blog. As well as writing 'witty' comments so i seem awesome. Im in love with my blog, but not many people read it. I want to be part of discussions about art and photography, social media is a way for me to do it.
As others have said, community. I've met some awesome photographers in person, and seen work I might never have known about in a strictly analog world.
Questioning that hard right now. Don't have an answer, but my feeling is: not enough, considering what has gone undone while I mess with social networking. The pessimist's view....
Basically I stick with LinkedIn. Met some nice folks there. The forums are good, especially the smaller members only forums. As far as ROI on social media, financially – not effective, yet… Viewing portfolios is a great inspiration at times. I don’t let social media suck up my time. I still put higher value to the good old fashion social media of the pre internet days – a nice face to face chat. Yes the net exposes us to a lot of art we would otherwise never see, but there is really something in getting out to a brick and mortar gallery to really see the art and talk with someone and living the experience.