How Not to Do Social Media: Local Government Edition

As you might have noticed about a month ago on June 3, Orange County (finally!) joined Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to enhance their social media presence and public engagement/outreach.

I say in an attempt because if you've been following the County's Twitter or Facebook, you've probably realized just how awful the tweets and updates from the County have been.

Is there a fine line between engagable government and too sassy?

Hat tip to our friend Lee Storrow for noticing this blog post on "16 Sassy Tweets From The Nation's 16th Largest School District" about Wake County Schools' Twitter feed.

Town of Carrboro will begin one-way use of Twitter, hesitantly

Chapel Hill government and social media

Ruby's recent post about the problems with the Town's communication strategy regarding the new Downtown Development Framework got me to think about the ways in which our town's government does not use social media to communicate with constituents. I'll have more to say about this hopefully in a future blog post, but this one item jumped out at me:

Carrboro Tweet Up

A "tweet up" is like a meet up, but it gets twittered about more than blogged. ;-)

The Community Technology Forum will feature a panel of guests led by UNC journalism professor Paul Jones who is also the director of ibiblio, an information software program.

Other panelists include Carrboro Creative Coworking Founder Brian Russell and WCHL’s own Sales & Marketing Coordinator Molley Buckely.

So, if you are looking to meet the people you follow online in person, exchange ideas about the uses of Twitter, or just want to know what the Tweet everyone’s Twittering about it, drop in on the Carrboro Tweet Up. It’ll start at 6:30 p.m. February 19th at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro. Dallas has chosen the Twitter book and All A Twitter for recommended reading. People ages 16 and up and all Chapel Hillians are invited.

WCHL: Cybrary To Hold Carrboro Tweet Up, 1/12/10

Hopefully we don't need to have read the book to enjoy the panel and discussion. :-)


Friday, February 19, 2010 - 1:30pm


Carrboro Cybrary



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