All Hallow’s Grim, the Creepy Birds and the Tweets

Edited Oct 7th at 7:13 pm: Facebook has restored my account. WoooHooo!

Some roll with the punches, I might have to tweet with the kicks…

You know how I always say that we need to try to see something good in a bad situation? Well, the Magaly-went-temporarily-mad-and-turned-her-Facebook-profile-into-a-page-of-doom disaster is making it really difficult to see the good in that terrible mess.

But, I’ve been trying…

…and trying…

…and I’ve tried some more  

And Ms Misantropia was correct when she said, “welcome to the wonderfully worthless world of Facebook Pages.” I don’t think pages are worthless for everyone—they work perfectly for word-gods like Neil Gaiman and Witch Central writer extraordinaire, Debora Geary.  However, for wee witchy writer moi, a page was just a bad idea.

But what’s done is done (unless Facebook grants my request to change my page back to profile *cough, cough*). In the meantime, I will list the good things that came out of the experience:

1. I’ve been on Facebook for a while—since it was cool to friend strangers—so if my profile is given back, I will have to unfriend a bunch of people (who don’t interact with me, anyway) in order to be able to use Facebook to share my fiction. My news feed will be able to breathe again.

2. I was able to tell just how many people followed my blog and fiction writing only through Facebook. Thank you for the frantic emails, my Wicked Luvs. We will get through this.

3. I never gave Twitter a real chance before. For someone who runs her mouth as much as I do, 140 characters didn’t seem enough. But you know what? They might be… so I’ll give the bird a try. I think it will be a nice way to share All Hallow’s Grim 2013 updates, and much more.  

Okay, that’s all the positive I can dig out… Actually, that’s not true. I also noticed that out of the one to two hours I spend answering messages and emails, in the mornings, the majority of time went to Facebook. I will balance things out a bit better if I get my profile back.

So… do you tweet, my Wicked Luvs? If the answer is yes, by all means click on the creepy bird and let’s fly together this All Hallow’s Eve… at a speed of 140 characters or fewer.

37 comments:

  1. Well, can I tell you the good I see? Make another person facebook account and add the people back (put out the invite) that you want.

    Actually, it is really similar to what I did. I had a lot of folks on my account that shouldn't have been there. I created another account and slowly started moving people over there without having to "de-friend" anyone. In fact, I repeatedly left posts telling folks I was shutting down my account and if they wanted to join me, here is the link. VERY VERY few ever followed. It was shocking having over 500 people on my facebook and hardly anyone responded! So, I was able to trim it all down without offending anyone AND return to a new personal account able to do things differently.

    What do you say? You could keep you your page and start a new personal account??? The people who are meant to follow you will.

    All is not lost! Just different!

    LOVE YA

    Mario

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    1. It's a mess. As of right now, I'm keeping the page. But if I don't get my old profile reinstated, I probably won't get a new. I'm almost certain. This feels messy (as you already pointed out, Magaly lol), but it also feels right.

      *does and little dance, and yells, "LOVE YA" right back ;-)*

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  2. I was horrified to see that you've been deactivated! Did Facebook officials come round to your house in an unmarked van, force down the door and drag your computer out, trailing its viscera behind it? Oh no! Come back!

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    1. Hahahahaha! I can see it, The Men in Blue running through the house unplugging things and running away with it. Oh, and flashing me with a little light, and saying, "You never saw us. You spent the entire day cracking peanut shells." Or some other nonsense.

      I'm hoping they change it back, but if they don't, then I will leave the page as is.

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    2. Meaning no personal profile *cough, cough*

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    3. *prints out Magaly's photo, cuts it out carefully, glues it onto the screen over anonymous little grey silhouette* There. Solved.

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  3. I don't actually tweet as I have yet to figure out how to do so via their website. But I follow! The latest issue I have with FB is being unable to find out why I can't see any posts on the last two custom lists I set up.

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    1. How do you connect to Twitter? Just curious.

      I've noticed a lot of issues since the conversion from profile to page (conversions always come with problems hehehe). One is that people tag my page, but I don't see it. It's supposed to appear on the page's timeline, but nothing. Another (maybe not so bothersome for many, but it drives me nuts) you can't do much to change the layout. I need to be able to move things around, if not I feel like I'm suffocating. So... let's see what happens...

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    2. I connect via my laptop.

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    3. Hm... maybe we need to talk...

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  4. Alas, I tweeteth not nor yet do I partake of the Book of Faces. Sorry, I was recently watching Shakespeare's Henry IV part 2 on PBS. Gotta shake it off!

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    1. Thou art missing little, for the Book of Faces sucketh very mucho. Um... I watched Shakespeare in the Park while possessed by Inigo Montoya ;-D

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    2. Lol Debra...thanks...

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  5. And you know, Magaly, I never gave Instagram a fair chance... If only the dudes of Facebook could hear us.

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    1. If you try Instagram (which I have never tried, by the way) let me know how it goes. I doubt Facebook pays attention to us wee folks.

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  6. I tweet -- some days (months?) more than others. I'm at: https://twitter.com/mrs_wormwood

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  7. I tweet but only to promote my work and that of my friends.

    And by the time you read this you will have already returned to the former insanity

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    1. I will tweet to promote the random voices that live in my head. They need their time, too ...

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  8. I tweeteth and I followeth thee! And welcome back to the Book of Faces with the REAL Magaly!!

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    1. I see Shakespeare is contagious LOL

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  9. I've fallen hard for Twitter. I like it more than Facebook. It's fast and friendly - at least I find it easy to use. I don't get to either site as much as I probably should, but if I had a choice, I'd pick Twitter.

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    1. My dear Rue, I think love is in the air for me... the bird is very attractive ;-)

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  10. Ok, first off, love the mutant tweeter. Secondly, though Twinflame Studios has a Twitter account, I do not use it. I personally don't see the attraction of Twitter. You'll have to let me know how it works out...

    Also, I hadn't been getting your FB page's updates because my follow options had not been properly set up. My apologies for that; they are now fixed and should be working perfectly. :D <3

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    1. That bird is pretty. And if you follow the link, you can find that the guy does amazing work.

      About Twitter, I think it's a good place to let loose the random voices in your head--not the bloody ones, Fox, those might get us in trouble ;-)

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    2. In that case, I'm now terrified the Muse might enjoy that far, far too much...

      And then I have visions of my Dragon getting ahold of Twitter and letting 140 characters of his mad genius out whenever he wants, and... dear gods, the world would never be the same again. :D

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    3. I thought about it and shivered a little LOL

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  11. Had every confidence that the Faceless gremlins of Face book wouldn't keep you down for long :D XXX

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    1. The "Faceless gremlins" were actually really good. I'm still surprised. They answered my request within 24 hours and with better results than I ever expected. It must be Halloween...

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  12. Twitter is a giant waste of time - and I love it. It is perfect for venting and sharing those odd thoughts no one would want to know in real life and meeting great new people. For example I met one wonderful writer by complaining how I could not make it to the Neil Gaiman event in Hamburg a few years back, and she - a total stranger at that time - offered to send me an autograph. Which she did. It is displayed in our living room (I had the choice of putting up the autograph or my university degree... now you know my priorities!). And I still owe her a cake for that. Bad me.

    So... Twitter!!! Yay!!!

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    1. Dear Diandra, I think you've just solved one of my world's problems... Make the woman the cake, so you can be just Wicked not "Bad."

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  13. I like twitter when something exciting is going on. It can be pretty exciting during an election or during a time of great crisis when all of the news is coming thru so fast you can barely read each post. On a day to day basis though I've never really used it much. I'm more of an occasional lurker. Love the creepy bird, haha!

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    1. It sounds like a good use for the bird; to go back and forth quick, short and to the point.

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    Great

    Great post and there is a lot of info I needed to read here. I do not have a FB or Twitter and have been wondering if I really "need" another form of social media? Something to think about. Thank you. Rasz


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    1. Hooray! Glad you found the information helpful.

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  15. I am on the outs with all social media....necessary evils...but evil, nonetheless...
    I don't tweet or instagram....my phone still has a slide out keyboard. I will be forced to upgrade my technology sooner or later...and with it, my ways of keeping in touch....but it won't stop the need to be "connected" from feeling dirty.

    It wasn't that long ago that we had no idea what was going on with everyone else every second of the day...and we were fine with it :)

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    1. I've never own a smartphone. My dump-phone and I get along quite well. I don't think I will ever have (and be active in) all social media. I just can't. It's too much.

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