Chime.In, the New Social Media

Chime.in

Image by 만박 via Flickr

The new social media site still in Beta testing, Chime.In, has been described as combining the features of Twitter, Reddit voting and Blogging. I just joined. The layout is like Facebook but with newsrooms like Digg recently added. Another thing I noticed when signing up, the list of interests to select from had Art on the list! Most sites lump art in with *lifestyle* or *entertainment.* Does that mean the site is a good one for artists? It is free and another place to promote your website and art events.

I won a free shirt from Sarkhead street art graffiti t-shirts

Street Art, Graffiti, New York

Image by racoles via Flickr

When I visited my Facebook page today, I was surprised to find  this message:

hey Marie, you’ve won a free shirt from http://Sarkhead.com/. let us know which one you want and what size. 
Head Sark via Mookie, celebrity spokescat for Sarkhead

Great, I get my pick of all the shirts there–retailing at $59. each.

This is a good promotional tool. I posted a notice to Facebook and blogged about it. Now, I will share on Twitter, Digg, and Reddit.

A few months ago, I won a skillful pencil drawing from artist Trevor Jones, which led me to write an article about him for Yahoo!

A give-away is a great way to promote. Artists have lots of options and ways to do this. It doesn’t have to be a $59. shirt or a pencil drawing potentially worth hundreds. I’ve exchanged artist cards and postcards with artists I’ve met on Facebook. The point is to connect, share, get some energy going, get your name and art out there–which is priceless PR.

Short Story, The Waiting Room– based on my travels in China

I typed my short story, The Waiting Room, from my contributors’ copy of the now defunct print magazine Clamor (with a C), that published it in 2005, along with an illustration. I submitted the story  to Yahoo!

The short story is set in a foreigners waiting room the Beijing train station. Here is the Yahoo! link:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8087075/the_waiting_room.html

If you like my story, share it on on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks you use.  Bookmark it on sites like Reddit, Digg and StumbleUpon–using the buttons below.

Thanks!