Category Archives: Social Media_Government

Social Media for Governments: An Explanation (Part Two)

How would my organization use Twitter and other social media tools?

Would you like to be able to quickly inform and update the community of fire emergencies in the area?

Twitter can help you do that. Check out the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Napa City Fire Department.

Print screen captured 9/20/2009

Print screen captured 9/20/2009

Here is another article about how the fire department uses Twitter.  I especially like this quote

“Instead, “having this Web 2.0 presence … allows us to listen more clearly and more accurately over a greater area,” he said.”It is all about getting much more feedback [from the public].”

And these aren’t the only agencies using twitter. Law enforcement all over the country is turning to social media. And the premier local management association uses Twitter to reach a larger audience and update its members.

Do you need help crafting a social media strategy?

Social Media: An explanation for public organizations (Part One)


Social Media. Does your organization need it?

 Do you have customers, clients, or citizens or other audiences with which you want to communicate?

 Do you wish your message could reach a wider audience?

 Do you sometimes need to get information disseminated quickly?

 Are you looking to engage and enable your base? 

Do  you want to build a community?


If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, you need social media.


Click here to watch an amazing video: Social Media Revolution

Social media is the future of communication. People who would otherwise be at your meetings are now online. You have be BE where they are.  Other governments and non-profits are starting to pay attention to social media. Look here, here, here, here, here and here

A look at what Fairfax County is tweeting about.


Screen print captured on 9/20/2009

Screen print captured on 9/20/2009


 Or Mayor Gavin Newsome


Screen print captured 9/21/2009

Screen print captured 9/21/2009

 These and other public officials are starting to use the  power of social media to keep their constituents informed about their programs, events and ideas.

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