Did Facebook Kill Goodreads?

April 30, 2009

Before us non-college types were allowed on Facebook, we had Goodreads. Writers could congregate there, review books they’d read and share their reading lists with others. I was a fan of Goodreads, because I’m always looking for a good book to read at an inopportune time such. If I call a friend at 3 a.m. and ask them what should I read, they will not be my friend for long. I’m seeing how this could be handy. But, I digress. Goodreads entered the internetosphere and became my 3 a.m. friend.

Even though I’ve not used the site in ages, writers still “friend” me there and I can’t friend back because I no longer remember my password or the email where a replacement password can be sent.

I suffer from a severe case of toomanypasswordsitis. I’m doing what I can to treat it and the prognosis is good, so please don’t worry about me too much.

This poetry blogger discusses being found via Goodreads. Maybe it’s time for me to consider visiting again.

It seems to me that a better place to out oneself as a literary citizen is on a site like Goodreads. After all, Goodreads is presumably frequented by literary types who like to read, right? Turns out Goodreads is a good site for literary networking. Tonight I received a message via Goodreads from the editor of Gently Read Literature, a newish-but-impressive lit-blog. He asked if I would consider submitting a review of a poetry collection I’d recently read and done a two-sentence review of on Goodreads.

Do you use Good Reads anymore? Did you ever use it? What did you like about it?

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