First, I must say that authors are my rock stars. I love reading their work and when I actually get to meet them, well, hello cloud nine!
But…. I want to talk today about “friending” authors on Facebook- and why or why not it may not be so cool. In today’s time, an author has to have SUCH a social media presence- a Facebook Author page, Twitter page, website, Pinterest page, G+ and more. Not all authors create all those pages- but most will definitely have either the Facebook Author page or the Twitter page. On Twitter, it’s so easy- you just start following the author and bam! You know what the author is thinking, what they like to retweet and more! Similar ideas can be said about a Facebook Author page- it allows a bit more interaction between those who “like” the page and the author. Pinterest lets us fans see picture ideas for the new book, possible film character ideas, and other fun things.
But, the actual sending a Facebook friend request to the author- have we crossed a line when we do that? Should authors have 1 place on social media where they can let it all hang out and just be?
My thoughts: For me, I have a Facebook account and I also have a Facebook page for Traveling With T- and that works. Because, while there are some people I meet through bloggy things that I would want to be friends with, there are many more that I would not want seeing my pictures & updates. For me, it’s a “space” thing- when I am on Twitter and my blog Facebook page- it’s all public and I want people to see something- to “like” or to give me a “retweet”.
It is with these kind of thoughts in my head that I wonder if authors feel the same way- if sometimes they want a space of their own.
Bottom line for me: every author page out there that I see and like the author, I’m going to freely give it a “like” (and I encourage you to do the same). But, author’s personal Facebook page, I’m going to let the author “friend” me (and they do- and I always accept and feel jazzed!)
So… What do you think? Do you “friend” authors? Or not? Tell me in the comments!