How to Use Social Media to Keep Up With Social Security

Social Security Card Illustration - Image “Social Security Card - Illustration” courtesy of Donkey Hotey at Flickr.

You can get news, how-to's, and Q&A straight from the SSA just by plugging into any of these social media channels. It's an easy way to stay up-to-date on new informaton and to ask your questions directly.

The SSA Blog
Social Security Matters is a blog by the Social Security Administration that provides “information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms." Discussion on the blog is encouraged and it aims to provide important retirement and disability-related solutions. To get involved in a discussion on the blog go to the bottom of the comment area at the end of any blog post that you would like to respond to and fill in your name, email address, and comment in the form provided. To follow the blog, go to the "Get blog updates" link where you can sign-up for email or text messages. An RSS feed is also available.

The Social Security Administration maintains a presence on Facebook in order to share information about programs, policies, and services. SSA states that they "monitor and provide quick-turnaround responses to select questions and comments that people post." "Like" the page to have SSA's Facebook posts show up in your feed or just visit the page when you want to by entering "Social Security Administration" in the Facebook search box.

The SSA has several Twitter accounts you can follow:

  • @SocialSecurity - Twitter account of the Office of Communications
  • @SSAPress - Twitter account of the National Press Office
  • @SSAOutreach - Twitter account of the Office of External Affairs

You'll find informational videos and public service announcements from the Social Security Administration on their Youtube Channel. Look under Playlists for video collections about special topics including Retire Online and Social Security Webinars. These are good places to find how-to videos such as "my Social Security -- Creating Your Account".

Google Plus
The last resource on this list for keeping up with Social Security via social media is Google Plus. If you use Google+ you can add the Social Security Administration to any of your G+ circles and use this as another platform for engaging with comments and questions. Anyone with a Google account can use Google Plus.