Sunday, August 01, 2010

Social media via Facebook and our farm

I admit, I love Facebook and blogging. I started using Facebook last summer and have reconnected with family members and friends that I'd lost touch with, as well as gotten to know some other people much better because of what they write. I see news and groups of people working for causes that they care about. I learn a little about new ideas and passions.
One amazing thing that I've found is that I'm using this as a vehicle to be more true to myself and what I want my life and my farm to be. I'm not sure how that is developing, but I think it's something to do with the quick feedback from the "Like" and "Comment" abilities. Through these people can give quick feedback, which before would just reside in their heads and the rest of us wouldn't know. Now people are posting on the Lavender Wind Farm page to share their thoughts and questions. I never know what will pop up.

People unfamiliar with Facebook worry about malicious or wrong information being posted. If something weird does come up, I don't worry about it - I can delete anything that I think is offensive or off-track.

There are several lavender farms following Lavender Wind's facebook page, along with over 300 people. Lavender Wind Farm can support local businesses by listing their pages as "Favorites", it's another way to build community. It's a way to learn more about Lavender. People post tidbits of information either on their page or on Lavender Wind's. These tidbits add up over time, just like your reading books and articles, or talking to people in day to day life does. Granted, you have to evaluate the source of a bit of info, but that's also normal.

Lavender Wind's Facebook page

If you are a business, why have you made the decision to use or not use Facebook, and what have you learned as a result?

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