"Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community." Simon Mainwaring

Remember the days when you used to go out to dinner and not a single person at the table thought to take a picture of what they were eating? Anyone else remember before the word "selfie" even existed? Now there's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest and likely even more that we haven't figured out yet.

Social media can be a great way to connect, an easy way to procrastinate what you should be doing and also a negative experience—all depending on how it goes. There is a lot of pressure for writers to be active on social media, and it's a great way to connect with readers.

So how do you manage it all? We've collected some articles to help you out.

Start at the beginning with 15 Tips to Building a Better Social Media Presence by Sprout Social. These tips share a wide range of advice, from creating SMART goals for your SM presence to optimizing your accounts to the tip to 'Be human.'

This piece shares 15 social media "do's" and 15 "don'ts" with a focus on marketing etiquette using social media. We've all seen authors break these best behaviour practices... don't accidentally be one of them! Have a read of 30 Social Media Do's and Don'ts.

How to Cope When Social Media Makes You Feel Bad is the perfect article to read once you've taken in all the ways to be a presence on the internet since we've all experienced those dark holes when we pop in to our accounts to post something.

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~ Creative Advice Prompt ~

Have you ever considered creating a social media account for your character? What kinds of things would they post?

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