Social Media – “Friend” Style

Do you have a favourite social media site and app? There are so many to choose from, some of the most popular choices being Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and YouTube . . . The list goes on. All have their uses, and whether you regularly use one over another will depend on your individual requirements – whether it’s a messaging or photo and video sharing service.

Social networking sites are all about communication and interaction. I’m big fan of the “Friend” Facebook page as it reminds me of a welcoming café, where readers can drop-in and engage in light-hearted discussions, or simply sit back with a coffee and see what others are talking about.

The topics of conversation are always “Friend” related, pertaining to the magazine or conversations which encompass a non-intrusive, feel-good factor. My favourite topics tend to revolve around food and anything to do with pets – you “gotta” love our four-legged friends.

Other Platforms

Our Twitter page is another social platform we actively use, in which we broadcast tweets we feel will interest our followers. Again, this will relate to magazine content, and my favourite tweets are those which involve writers and writing.

If you haven’t yet done so, it’s worth dropping by our #pfwritinghour chats on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m., where the topics of conversation relate to fiction writing. It’s a great opportunity to share writing insights with fellow-minded scribes.

The beauty with the microblogging site Twitter is the use of hashtags and communicating with 280 character-limit tweets, which makes for specific, concise and often entertaining interaction.

You can also find the magazine on the more visual platform Pinterest, where a colourful array of images such as cookery, gardening and knitting can be found.

I can’t finish this blog post without mentioning our website, which contains everything you need to know about us, and offers social content such as this blog post you are reading now.

So whatever your favourite social platform of interaction, I hope you continue to enjoy what the “Friend” has to offer today and for the days ahead.

Alan Spink

Alan is a member of the “Friend” Fiction Team. He enjoys working closely with writers and being part of the creative process, which sees storytelling ideas come to fruition. A keen reader, he also writes fiction and enjoys watching football and movies in his spare time. His one tip to new writers is “write from your imagination”.