Social Media and Moving to Little Rock

Social Media and MovingLong ago prior to the internet, you were (metaphorically) lost when moving in a new town or city. You could possibly compose a letter to or phone the area Chamber of Commerce for info, or look through your alumni magazine to uncover some contacts there, but by and large you discovered the right pediatrician, fitness center, and dry cleaners through experimentation and perhaps a few wrinkly shirts.

Because of social media tools such as Facebook, Nextdoor, and Pinterest, you may get the picture of things from the comfort of your recliner even before you start to contemplate scheduling your long-distance household move. Facebook offers the most complete choice of groups and pages, yet Instagram will send you down a more obscure route for all sorts of things from contractors and interior decorators to cafes, retailers, and watering holes. Read on to get a high-level summary of each social platform and ways in which they could help when moving to Little Rock.

Facebook

Facebook is the Sears Christmas catalog for the 2000s--it's got something for everybody, but to newcomers who have recently moved to town it can be a bonanza of knowledge, with real-time and real-life ratings. The relevant groups and pages names fluctuate throughout the country but seek out these sorts of names.

· Moms in Charge (MIC)

MIC started as a marketplace substitute for websites like Craigslist in 2015 but has morphed into the go-to gurus--part dance studio recommendations, a part flea market, a part counseling program--this group has affiliates nationally. It is a closed community, and so you require an invite, or ask to join and the area page administrator authorizes you after a fast--normally algorithmic--look at your own page, to make sure you're who you say you are. There are other neighborhood moms' Facebook communities, as well, that you're sure to locate with just a brief search.

· Local City/Town Page

Virtually every town and crossroads currently has a Facebook profile--it is usually operated by the economic development or parks and recreation division. It is a open public page and goes over anything from the fire division's managed burns to free dip day at the neighborhood ice cream parlor. Town pages commonly link to the city's website, which has more thorough information on local happenings.

Nextdoor

Nextdoor is an app for your mobile phone which takes the neighborhood social media happenings to a truly community point--building, block, addition, or village. You must validate you reside where you say you do in order to connect--they normally send a code to your address--consequently a given group's membership will be closely regulated. You will promptly gather more information than perhaps you would like to know about your new neighbors, and indeed, who's not picking up their doggie's poo has been known to be a trending subject.

Pinterest

On the face of it, Pinterest may seem like the odd man out here--it's simply images of food items and people's residences. If you're into design and you have moved to Little Rock, as an example, look up "architectural columns Little Rock" and you will find historic dwellings, local architects, as well as anything else vaguely connected with that search. The same thing goes for cafes, shops, health spas, and various other vendors--stores essentially advertise on the site, but it opens more than the normal mall-and-chain store purchasing expertise for newcomers.

LinkedIn

Indeed, that identical LinkedIn that likely got you the new job in the new place can be a superb site for uncovering volunteer options--the section of the site is LinkedIn For Good and can hook you up with the non-profit organizations around town. Nothing compares to working with a cause you genuinely believe in to make you feel like an integral part of your new community.

The advantage of utilizing social media to get acclimated soon after moving to Little Rock is that you can easily do it whenever you want from your sofa, rather than calling during the course of business hours and anticipating the best.

 

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