From the stables to the tracks, people across the United States are already talking about this year's Triple Crown. The three biggest thoroughbred horse races in the nation -- the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky.; the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md.; and the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y. -- take place in the coming weeks. It has been 34 years since a horse has won all three and taken the U.S. Triple Crown.
Social Security has a horse in the race, so to speak. We offer our own "Triple Crown" of social media at www.socialsecurity.gov.
• Facebook is a great place to stay in the know when it comes to useful information about Social Security. "Like" Social Security at www.facebook.com/socialsecurity.
• Twitter is another place to get regular updates in short bursts. We promise to be brief as we keep you up to date in 140-characters or less. Select "Follow" at www.twitter.com/socialsecurity.
• Prefer watching videos? We've got those, too. The third part to our social media "Triple Crown" is our YouTube page, where you can find everything from informative webinars to short messages from Social Security. You can view fun public service announcements starring George Takei, Don Francisco, Chubby Checker and the reunited cast of "The Patty Duke Show." You can even watch Patty Duke apply online for retirement benefits in her pajamas! Join the fun and get some useful information at www.youtube.com/socialsecurityonline.
It's not easy to predict a Triple Crown winner. Affirmed was the name of the horse who last won all three races in 1978. But everyone can be a Social Security social media Triple Crown winner simply by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov and selecting the three icons in the upper right corner.
Submit questions to local Social Security Director Gregory Holmes by writing to Business Editor Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401-1447, or by e-mailing him at dflessner@times freepress.com.