I have my favorite social media sites. Pinterest is probably my favorite for art and Goodreads or maybe Bookbub for books. For years, I was on Google +. I was one of the beta users of G+, and like most G+ users, we were very unhappy when Google decided to close this social media. We refer to ourselves as G+ refugees. I liked G+ because it was possible to avoid a lot of the political and social warfare we see on social media these days. Facebook is especially bad for that although there have been some efforts recently to reduce the combative environment. I was friends with a lot of interesting people on G+, primarily writers and artists from all over the world. I miss Google+.
So a few months ago, I started an account at Twitter. It turns out that it’s very possible to engage in cultural warfare on Twitter, too, if so inclined. I’ve managed to avoid that so far. I noticed right away that Twitter, like most social media, is like a digital bubble. You get inside the bubble and trade posts with people who think the same way you do.
Much to my delight, I found that Twitter is also a way to connect with people I would not otherwise be aware of. Prime among these are scientists, in particular, environmental scientists. Consequently, I “follow” many of these scientists and also science-oriented organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity based in Tucson.
Who are the other Twitter posters I decided to follow? Well, the artists and writers, of course. I also follow certain individuals and groups devoted to human rights and social justice. In recent months, that has been people and organizations attempting to alleviate the suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border.
So if you are a person who has a deep interest in these subjects: environmental science, art, books, and human rights/social justice, then follow me on Twitter here: @CJShaneArtBooks