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First of all, we're well into 2017 now and I've actually been quite productive in terms of my Cosplay goals for the year. The last time that I updated here I had just started working on my Madoka school uniform costume and although it took me 3 months, I just finished it on the 17th. I did debut the costume at Toronto ComiCon and I'm so happy that I finished it and with how it turned out! I do have a full costume write-up on my website. I didn't do a shoot although Pan took some photos of me on my phone so I have some photos of the outfit on my website as well. 

My main reason for updating here is that I'm noticing that over the last few years things have become quite quiet here on DeviantART. General activity has really dropped off. DA was my main way for sharing my costume photos and convention plans socially and I'm curious if anyone has any suggestions for other places that would be great sites to share costume pics and what not through social media. What platform is best? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Something else? Not that I'm planning to abandon DeviantART, but I'm wondering if I should join some other site too. I know Facebook is pretty popular, but I've avoided joining that site even on a personal level. Is it worth it for Cosplay? I'm not sure if there are enough people left here to give me a good idea of what's best, but I would appreciate any input on this. I'm like a dinosaur when it comes to joining social media sites. XD

I'll update here later with a bit more about Toronto ComiCon and my thoughts on finishing Madoka, but I would love to get some advice about social media platforms first.
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AmmieChan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know what you mean Becky. Remember when Cosplay.com was the place to go for cosplay photos and sharing etc? I know Facebook probably has the biggest activity, but it quickly becomes a "Like" competition. I never much cared for that, but it's great for connecting with people. Instagram is another one. I'm actually considering an Instagram account for myself as well.
I still update ACP. I still really love their page layout. It seems pretty active on there as well.
I really want to see pics of Madoka! You've worked so hard on her for a long time. I'm sure it looks beautiful!
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Back when Cosplay.com was active and ACP was really popular it was such a fun time. I loved seeing what everyone was posting. After like an hour if you posted a photo on Cosplay.com you would already find yourself pushed back several pages by newer content. Sad these days to see it take days to get pushed back from the first page. I guess I miss when it was more of a collective community instead of focused on individual accounts. I'm not at all a fan of the like game, but I miss interacting with other costumers. Maybe I will finally suck it up and open a Facebook page this year. Looks like I couldn't outlast that medium. I was always hoping something else would overtake it. Facebook and Instagram are definitely on my radar.

I do still try to keep all my accounts updated like Cosplay.com and ACP. Good for old times' sake! :3

I wish I had been able to do a shoot of Madoka at Toronto ComiCon. I have some photos on my personal website. Hopefully I can get some photos at AN.
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
I'm actually putting together a panel on social media for cosplay for Costume Con, if you're going to that.

For cosplayers, I still think there is value in using DeviantART because you can share pictures with full credits in better quality. However, it's good to reshare the links to those uploads on other platforms. For cosplay, I think you will get the most reach on Facebook followed by Instagram. Instagram requires a picture or video for every post and users tend to gravitate to adding lots of hashtags, but fairly short descriptions. It's not great for updating about appearances and such. It also doesn't have the sharing features common to most other platforms, so it's better for directly reaching people who want to follow you but it's harder to expand your reach on there. Facebook has a lot of very active people and you can use a business page to manage your cosplay stuff, include links to events you're attending (or even create events), and encourage conversation and sharing. Twitter is good for broadcasting and you can get some extra reach from people retweeting -- but there is very little interaction.

Also, you might want to look at a social media management tool such as Hootsuite to manage your social media presence as you can crosspost to multiple platforms and schedule posts easily with that.

That's just a start, but I hope that helps :)
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Thank you so much for the detailed and interesting reply. 

Sadly I won't be at Costume Con which is a bummer because your panel sounds really interesting. 

I appreciate the insight. Still haven't 100% decided what I want to do, but maybe opening a Facebook page and perhaps also an Instagram account would be the way to go in the long run.

Thanks again!
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome :)

You might also want to check out Hootsuite Academy (hootsuite.com/education), they have a bunch of free videos about social media features.

I might try to do the panel at Anime North as well, it just requires doing A/V for two panels. Heh.
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dead82 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
o-o
i see your point
many peoples are using instargram and facebook to spread more then DA
i am still here because of the peoples i know
but i notice that even them are barly here anymore
if you do find a good site do let me know
so i may also spread my skullness
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