1. I don't intend to publish under my real first name, so two identities it is.
2. I like the little bit of privacy it gives me.
3. I'm a writer, so naturally, I think I have several more personalities inside. But two is quite enough.
Social media is important these days for us aspiring authors, so here's my list:
Here's what I use with my legal, real, un-spellable and unpronounceable first name:
Facebook (well, okay, I don't have it set to my real name just now, but my Facebook is personal, so this counts)
LinkedIn (I'm never on this though, so it barely counts)
Here's what I use with my "writer name" (i.e., Michelle, which is actually my middle name, or SunflowerRei) or under the aegis of the blog:
The Sunflower's Scribbles
Twitter (@Sunflowerrei), which is half Writer Me and half Personal Me
Goodreads (a social network for bookworms...which I am in Personal Me and Writer Me mode)
Pinterest (as I wrote last time, this is just so I can collect pretty writer quotes)
Looks like a lot, doesn't it? In actuality, there are things I'm on more than others. NaNoWriMo only becomes a Thing for me when it's NaNo time. I only list my to-read books and keep track of what I read on Goodreads instead of participating in the forums. I don't fully understand Pinterest or Google +, to be totally honest, but G+ comes with the territory of a Gmail address and a Blogger blog, so I post stuff from this blog there. Same with YouTube, which I didn't list because I've never uploaded a video there.
When I was an intern at a literary agency, reading submissions and queries, one of the first things I noticed that the agents would note down was whether or not the potential author had a good platform.
Of course, it seems that with most everything among writers, what a platform is is a little fuzzy. In some ways, it's about your "presence" or your "brand." If you're writing non-fiction, are you qualified? Has your work been acknowledged in contests or published or won awards? Do you have an online following?
That last bit, the online following, often involves quite a lot of social media. Do tell me what you know about "platform" and your own use of social media in the comments below!