Joining the Social Media Madness

*Note: This journal post was originally published on March 13, 2009*

Screen grab of the Alpha Farrier Services Facebook pageI’m very excited to debut what my web developer and I are calling Alpha Farrier Services 2.0! In an effort to create a true community between myself, my clients and my peers, we are beginning to harness the power of social media.

We’re doing this in several different ways, some of which you may be familiar with. Others are new to me as well but are already proving very useful.

Facebook
Many of you have a personal Facebook account where you keep up with friends and family. Well, now Alpha Farrier Services is on Facebook too! Become one of our “fans” to connect with myself, fellow clients and other friends of the business.

I look forward to connecting my clients with each other and fostering a more inclusive environment between myself and all of my clients.

Twitter

I am particularly eager to debut my new Twitter account. This is a great way to instantly communicate to you and my peers about what I’m doing, what I’m thinking and how my work is looking.

Twitter is a micro-blogging service where users can send and receive posts that are only 140 characters or less. It is quicker than traditional blog posts and emails and lets me instantly send anyone messages, images and links I find useful or interesting.

You can receive or send twitters from the web, your cell phone or your smart phone. Also, you don’t have to post your own ‘tweets’ to follow me. You can simply follow what I’m up too.

I envision this as a great way to share feet and shoe photos with fellow farriers to open up discussions about form, function and technique. And what a great, quick way for me keep up with you and your horses between appointments!

RSS Feed
Ever wonder when I’ve posted a new journal entry? Now you can be instantly alerted of any new journal posts and other interesting additions to the web site. Just sign up for my new RSS Feed. You can subscribe using your favorite RSS reader. (I use Google Reader, but there are tons of other options.)

If you have any questions about how any of these new features work, feel free to contact me, which you can do through the website, Facebook or on Twitter!

-Mike