Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Social Network Butterflies

I can remember when my socks were knocked off the first time I sent a piece of paper through a fax machine and the person on the other end of my phone call told me they received it. Immediately! Wow!! Little did I know what technology was going to bring to my door over the next couple of decades.

Now computer technology brings our office to you. Right now you’re in your home or office (or perhaps even in a Starbucks!) reading what I’m typing from Pennsylvania. Amazing! Because of the internet we have clients in the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Jordan which would not have been feasible 20 years ago.

Now our agency is moving ahead in ways to continue to build a travel community for those of you who want to participate. We are working on ways to bring news to you quickly and to be in touch as often as you like... at your convenience and on your terms.

For starters, we’re Twittering now! Well, actually we’re technically “tweeting” on Twitter. Which I think makes us Twitterers. Sandy tweets on behalf of our newer division, Chicks at Sea, which is devoted to women’s cruise and tour groups. Sandy is posting travel tips, news and items of interest regarding women travelers of all ages and with all kinds of interests. You can sign up to follow Sandy at @ChicksAtSea or go to http://twitter.com/ChicksAtSea.

I will be tweeting about accessible travel and loosely connected information. Our last few tweets included writing about an accessible hotel chain, an announcement that the North Pole reached by a wheeler and that one of the major airlines moved their India call center back to the U.S. You can sign up to see my tweets @WCCruising or by visiting http://twitter.com/WCCruising.

If you are not familiar with Twitter, it’s free and takes only a few minutes to sign up. There’s no spamming or loading up your email. “Tweets” that people write are maxed at 140 characters so these are short little notices, not volumes of reading. You visit your Twitter account to read the tweets of anyone whom you have signed up to “follow.” I am amazed at the amount of information I can quickly see in a few short minutes on my Twitter account.

Stay tuned because our next blog will be to tell you more about the online community on which you can find us.


Connie & the Access Travel Team