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tsu … no, it’s not a college. but is it an answer to our social media problems?

Many authors have begun playing with tsu.

A few bullets on this:
* Not a secure webpage. Note how many pages such as Facebook have SSL… that little lock that appears next to the URL, or at the bottom corner of the page, depending what browser you’re using. Also you’ll note that the URL doesn’t start with https.
* Appearance is a lot like Facebook, which will certainly appeal to people who don’t really like change (which would be the majority of, well, everyone.)
* There seems to be a sense of urgency to get over there and get things going, based upon rumors of Facebook changes in 2015 and how they will spell doom for authors. The fact is that we aren’t even sure how heavily these changes will affect us, if at all. For all we know, they might be aimed at huge businesses and ignore us entirely.
Don’t get me wrong. I despise FacebooKK and would love nothing more than to see it, and its second cousin Amazon, die a quick death. But the fact is that these entities are a significant part of what many independent authors do. We don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket (as many have unfortunately done with FB and Amazon) but we also want to make sure not to put them in the wrong basket. A year or so ago, there was a somewhat large push for a new site called http://www.bdsmfriendbook.com. Now, it’s no more.

I also think the overall mindset needs to change somewhat. Rather than worrying about directing your readers and followers to Facebook, or tsu, or Google, focus on bringing them to YOUR site, then giving them the ability to read and interact via blogs and newsletters.

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