When was the last time you checked your emails? For an increasing number of people the answer to that question is probably within the last five minutes.
With the ever increasing pace of communication technology and social media, the speed with which information spreads is getting faster and faster.
With social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook among others it seems we can tell anybody anything straightaway.
Unfortunately, as one political party found out recently, this is not always a good thing, and social media can be used to spread negative and in some cases unpleasant comments and points of view.
And the recent episode is certainly not the first and most definitely will not be the last.
That’s why it has been particularly refreshing to be involved in #BatleyHour on Twitter over the last couple of weeks.
It is the brainchild of a local Batley small business person and has already gained a great deal of support not just from the business sector but from all areas of the community.
It’s purpose is simple – to help promote Batley and to bring the town to the attention of people who may not otherwise be aware of Batley and all it has to offer.
Running every Thursday evening for an hour from 7.30pm, it is a great opportunity to spread the Batley word.
From a business point of view it is a great opportunity to introduce your company to a wider audience, or to promote a particular offer. It can also be used to promote events such as the Batley Vintage Day, or organisation and groups.
Conversely it is also a good way to find out about things going on in the town, and hopefully it will continue to grow.
The tweets are always positive and not controversial. And the topics under discussion can be very wide ranging, for example beetroot came up last week!
But what everybody involved has in common is Batley. So if Twitter is your thing, why not have a look?
If you prefer Facebook, why not check out some of the various pages connected with Batley.
Social media when used responsibly is a great way to support communities and towns. It is a place to find out what is going on and where, it is a place to find a great deal on products and services, and to keep up to date with your local town.
Take a look, you may just find there is a lot more going on than you knew!