I originally wrote a a post like this in August of 2014. Having recently re-read it due to another post referencing it, I realized some of the data was out of date. Instead of modifying the old one, I decided to rewrite a new one with revised info. If you’re reading this, odds are I linked you to it on purpose. Here goes:
I’ve been swimming in the sea of pop culture conventions since 2001. During that time, I’ve met thousands of folks passionate about a variety of fandoms from anime to comic books to Invader ZIM. It’s a pretty cool life. In the modern age of social media, this results in a steady influx of new connections via social media. Specifically: Facebook.
It’s seriously flattering that there’s so many people out there who, after I connect with them in person, want to keep up with me online. It’s humbling and – at the same time – insanely ego boosting.
So thank you.
That said, Facebook is the ONE social network I keep restrictions on in regards to adding people. Why, you ask? Simple:
Your mom is on Facebook.
What does that have to do with anything?
Well, my mom is on Facebook, too.
My mom, my aunts, my cousins… my close friends and family. Folks I grew up with and interact with regularly are the ones I keep on Facebook because (quite frankly) I sometimes post things of a personal nature. Now, 90% of the time I’m pretty open about everything – but sometimes I just want feedback from folks outside of casual acquaintances.
According to friends, frenemies, and the Internet, I allegedly have a pretty big ego. I just can’t, though, bring myself to create a “Tom Croom Fan Page” on Facebook. That’s just not going to happen. I’m nothing more than very visible geek with an insanely hectic lifestyle who is, in my opinion, no better than any of you reading this. I’m no celebristar and I’m more infamous than famous. (Thank you El Guapo.)
If you’re looking to connect with me personally, here are some other options:
Like I mentioned earlier, MOST of my posts are public. Thus you can follow and reply to them by subscribing to my posts. It’s this snazzy little button to the right of the Add Friend button. See?
EDIT: It seems I can add a “follow me” button. Here it is:
The only posts you won’t see are the ones I’ve occasionally restricted to Friends Only for some reason or another. Let’s face it, though: those posts are probably boring and not about the important stuff like conventions, food, and my dog Karma.
So please, don’t take it personally if I don’t have you as a Friend on Facebook. In the immortal
lies words of all my ex-girlfriends, “it’s not you – it’s me.”
If you use anything other than Facebook – find me! I’m pretty much on every other social network out there.
Here are the two other networks I use the most:
1. Twitter: I’m @TomCroom on Twitter and it is my social network of choice. I post on this network more than Facebook because it’s 100% public and it allows me to connect with fellow fans while keeping up on news and stuff.
2. Instagram: I love Instagram. It allows me to take photos of random moments and share them with the world. I post everything from how awesome sunsets are in Florida to hanging out with my (strange) celebrity friends. You can follow me at instagram.com/tomcroom
Am I on other “Social Networks” and websites? You betcha. Here’s list measuring how often I update them. 10 means all the time (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all “10”) and 1 means damn near never.
- Ello (1) – I signed up for this when it was a hot conversation in regards to privacy in social media. All the info there is private because (from what I can tell) no one is reading it.
- Flickr (5) – My Instagram photos get cross posted there and, when I have time, I post photos from my travels there.
- Goodreads (3) – I used to review all the books I read and post it there. My interest in doing so comes and goes, though.
- Google+ (6) – Much of my writing gets crossposted there. When folks reply, I get notified and usually respond.
- Last.fm (1) – I used to use this create and active update of what I was listening to on my blog. Since I now use other streaming audio platforms, I’ve more or less stop using this.
- LinkedIn (6) – I am on this occasionally accepting invites and responding to messages.
- LiveJournal (Seriously?)
- MyFitnessPal (10) – Thanks to my tech addiction, I now keep track of exercise and calories and stuff. Feel free to add me if you’re doing the same.
- MySpace (Nope)
- Nike+ (5) – I occasionally run and stuff.
- Periscope (5) – Sometimes, on a whim, I’ll broadcast being a cool places and events. Very random.
- Pinterest (2) – This is a clever way to kill time. Unfortunately, I have minimal time to kill.
- Snapchat (7) – I update this from time to time, but I mainly use it to keep track of some cousins, siblings, and other young relative types. If I take photos, I usually post ’em on Instagram. Username: tomcroom
- Swarm (8) – The useful end of Fourquare, I check into places to friends can know I’m nearby and for record keeping purposes when I travel. I also use it to maintain my mayorship of Starbucks.
- Tumblr (6) – Many of my social media posts get cloned over to my Tumblr. I do occasionally log in to see replies and reposts, but not as often I’d like.
- Yelp (5) – I usually only update during vacations or during extremely good or extremely bad situations/meals.
- YouTube (3) – I should really update this more and I know it. It’s where I post old VHS captures from my life and other random videos from things I do.
So there you have it. Thanks for understanding my mild need for occasional privacy and stuff. I love my oddball life and I’m damned lucky to get to meet (and keep in touch with) so many amazing people on this planet.