Posts tagged: social network
re: Liz Arakalian's Quotable Quote: ““The Coeur d'Alene Police Department just put up a fan page on Facebook. Would it be terrible to post some virtual doughnuts on it”
Christie Wood: Well … if you feel you must, please make some of them for me Maplebars. Those are my favorite. Facebook and twitter are very new to me — as of yesterday! I have never logged on before. But I do see an opportunity to get out critical information in a hurry to the public. DFO became an instant friend, and also re-tweeted the info on the rape suspect for us. I think it is going to be a good communication tool.
Chief Longo is from the same “vintage” as me and I doubt he has a personal facebook page, but he is always supportive of new ideas and means to communicate with the public. It is great to have leadership that keeps up with the times.
Question: Do you plan to follow the Coeur d'Alene Police Department on Twitter and/or Facebook?
Is it a proper role for elected officials to spend part of their time interacting with members of the public via blogs, story comment sections, emails or other forms of internet age communications or in just reading local and other on-line news items to keep abreast of current issues in the community and our broader world? I say yes and have practiced what I preach for some time now. Early on I wondered how it might be perceived or if I was taking some kind of risk by doing it, and more importantly by letting anyone who cared, know that I spend a regular part of my time reading news at all levels, and in particular, communicating with the public in both directions. The small amount of criticism I have gotten is very small indeed compared to the positive feedback I get from people who appreciate that I actually will try to interact with them, answer questions, and even take a stand one way or the other on things they might deem important/Dan of the County.
Question: Should elected officials take time to interact with the public on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other parts of the social network?