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Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC is getting it together and on the verge of rolling out its programming. Within the next couple weeks, our beautiful new website will be functional, and we’ll have the information available for both potential members AND buyers of Georgia Made Georgia Grown products.

In the meantime, get more familiar with our Twitter and Facebook presences. Bookmark them, and check back every time you get on your social media sites.

These buttons are our category icons. You’ve probably already seen them down our Facebook  and Twitter pages down the left column.

The big red georgia home button is the easiest to recognize. And our eight channels – Communities, Festivals, Food & Wine, Family Farms, Arts, Shops & Galleries, Hospitality and Entertainment – are the creative businesses’ homebases. You can click on any of them on Facebook, and hop to those specific topics. Be sure to “Like” them and copy them to your profile and pages as “Favorites”.

On Twitter, to follow the categories, simply go to each of the URLs, and click to “follow” them:

Home: http://twitter.com/GAMadeGAGrown

Communities: http://twitter.com/thriveGMGG

Festivals: http://twitter.com/festsGMGG

Food & Wine: http://twitter.com/eatGMGG

Family Farms: http://twitter.com/farmsGMGG

Arts: http://twitter.com/artsGMGG

Shops & Galleries: http://twitter.com/buyGMGG

Hospitality: http://twitter.com/stayGMGG

Entertainment: http://twitter.com/performGMGG

Check back to your favorite pages often. We update – and you can add your happenings and successes, too – frequently. You’ll read and see videos about the industry, products and solutions to life’s issues. Be entertained and informed!

The Beauty of Bugs, Blogs and Facebook

I was reading the Most Recent news of my FB friends this morning and stumbled across Lazy B Farm’s latest blog post. It was really cool. Cyndi was trying to identify some bugs on her beans. She had taken her camera out to the bean patch and was taking a picture or two when another, bigger bug came, and poked his straw-like tongue into the first bug.

Cyndi, now a writer and a photographer, moved closer. The bugs were too involved with their lives to scatter. In a photographic essay, we watched the big bug suck the guts out of three little bugs. Cyndi ended the post by asking what kind of bugs had she just photographed.

I am entranced by odd things, so I linked the blog to my FB & Twitter pages. Several others saw both Lazy B’s and my postings. And the entomology department at UGA got involved. Cyndi ended up sending her blog post to at least six faculty members. Everyone was entranced.

The little bugs, beetles, are “Bean Plataspids”, natives of China. They are recent additions to Georgia’s farms. UGA’s entomology dept first wrote a Pest Alert article about them last October. The sucker bug is some sort of predatory hemipteran, an “assassin” bug. 

This story is the beauty of the Social Media. Cyndi went to her garden and took some pictures. Besides that, every single one of us were engaging, comfortably at our desks, on our computers. Social Media truly is a complex, organic Online Conversation.

It generated a lot of exposure, increased traffic to Lazy B Farm’s blog & website, and built new business partnerships, all completely spontaneously!

How to Make a FB Page in Two Minutes

Daily Art Muse has done a perfect little slide show to tell you EXACTLY how to create a fan page on Facebook. You’ll know in two minutes the clicks to navigate to make the page. And if you are in business, you need a Facebook fan page. Mine is at GeorgiaMadeGeorgiaGrown. We also have a Southeastern Festivals fan page at E2000. We try to update them daily.

If you’re new to Facebook, it is free to join. Most makers have both a profile and a page. The profile is about one’s personal life. And buyers and collectors love, love, love reading about what you are doing and who your friends are!

The page is your business life. Lately, at the GeorgiaMadeGeorgiaGrown page, I’ve talked about Peter Muzyka‘s show opening at The Point of Art Gallery in Union Point; the National Grits Festival in Warwick; and visiting Gallery 209 in Brunswick.

I love Facebook. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s happening and to see what your friends are learning about.

Facebook’s Web Searching Portal is #1!

New figures show more people use Facebook as the portal to search the web than other search engines! I thought about that. Sure enough, yesterday when I was looking for Christmas House or Deborah Karwisch, I searched through Facebook.

Are you on Facebook? Do you pay attention to what your friends and colleagues are posting – articles, images, blurbs about where they ate last night – and want to know more? Are your friends and colleagues driving your ideas and thoughts about where to go/what to do? Me, too.