Like everybody else these days, WebCPA is now jumping on the Twitter bandwagon.

It seems like every media company nowadays has discovered Twitter, as has most every politician. Not to be left out, our parent company SourceMedia has been dipping its toes in the Twitter waters, and recently, WebCPA was asked to give it a try. Twitter is a kind of social networking service that allows you to send out short messages, or “tweets,” to let people know what you’re up to. I’ve been experimenting a bit with Twitter in recent weeks, and I’ll try to send out daily updates on the service about recent stories we’ve posted to the site.

You can check out our Twitter page at http://twitter.com/WebCPAtweets and “follow” us there. Several of the other SourceMedia accounting publications have also set up Twitter pages, but I’ll leave it to the other editors to tell you about those.

Twitter is just one of the social networking media where WebCPA is establishing a toehold. A few months ago, Liz Gold and Alexandra DeFelice at Accounting Tomorrow set up a Facebook page. In February, SourceMedia set up a WebCPA Facebook page for us, and I’ve been trying lately to keep it up-to-date. So far, I’ve mainly been posting updates about new stories, but I would like to build more of a community there. You’re welcome to “friend” us on Facebook, and as you can see, we are sorely in need of friends (only three as of Monday).

The moves to Twitter and Facebook, and who knows where else (perhaps a WebCPA rock band page on MySpace?) are just a harbinger of things to come. Shortly after tax season, we hope to launch a brand-new Web site for WebCPA (keeping fingers crossed here). It will have a more modern look than the stuck-in-circa-1997 time warp that you’ve grown used to by now.

The site will include RSS and XML “feeds,” so you will be able to subscribe to a series of new mini-channels to receive the latest updates on various accounting and tax topics, as well as the latest stories that pop up on publications like Accounting Today, Accounting Technology, Practical Accountant and CPA Wealth Provider. We’ll also have more graphics on the site, more featured content, as well as more advanced features that we’ll be rolling out over time. Change seems to be the mantra these days, so stay tuned for all the changes on WebCPA. In the meantime, for a little taste, check us out on Twitter and Facebook.

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