Most everyone at every age is on social media. Whether you dabble in multiple venues or have your favorite platform, please join the conversation with Town staff and leaders by using the Town’s social media venues.

With today’s fast-moving pace, these platforms are the quickest and most efficient way for you to stay informed and for Town staff and leaders to learn what is on your mind.

The Town uses these platforms daily. Facebook proved to be invaluable during the past two storms, Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Irma. With conditions rapidly changing and the information streaming faster than water from a fire hydrant, social media was the Town’s most efficient way to delivery information to our residents, minute by minute.

The Town also distributes information from other government agencies on social media. If information affects Bluffton residents, such as road lane closures and roadwork alerts, the Town regularly posts this information so folks can make adjustments to their commutes or driving patterns.

Media releases are also regularly published on social media, so if you don’t have an opportunity to daily scan your local paper, you can still receive news about the progress and status of Town projects, policies and procedures.

You, as our resident, are a crucial voice in the decisions Town Council makes, and social media is the best way to be a part of those conversations.

Below is a list of the Town’s social media platforms.

Facebook: Please “like” the following pages, which are a part of the Town of Bluffton: Town of Bluffton Government, Bluffton Police Department and Don Ryan Center for Innovation.

Instagram: Populated with videos and photos of Bluffton, this phone-based platform is a fast way to enjoy beautiful photos of our town, along with short videos from Town leaders. Again, there are separate accounts for the Town, the Bluffton Police Department and Don Ryan Center.

Twitter: If you prefer to get your information via Twitter, you can find us at @TownofBluffton, @BlufftonPolice and @DonRyanCenter.

You Tube: This is least-used Town site; however, I invite you to “follow” this channel and use it to help spread the good news about our town. For example, the Town recently produced an economic development video, which gives an overall view of our town and explains why a company might want to relocate here.

It is a wonderful tool. There are three versions of this video: one is five minutes long, another is 90 seconds and the last one is 60 seconds in length. Use the one that best suits your audience.

There are various other videos on this channel, ranging from the Garvin-Garvey House to Bluffton’s oyster industry. Please view these videos and share them with your colleagues and friends.

Next Door: The Bluffton Police Department is also active on this platform so it can deliver information targeted to specific neighborhoods.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton.