Top Ten T’Internet Tricks

As part of the same introductory seminar on October 18th 2007 I was asked to provide an overview of the tools and technologies that were available on the internet to help councillors engage with their constituents. I condensed a long list (created with help from the DOWIRE membership) into 10 basic types. This Top Ten was ordered based on the control that the councillor had over the tool. No.10 (Community Tools such as is completely beyond their control whereas No.1 (Blogs) is their personal space to develop as they see fit. For each of the tools I marked whether they were Good/OK for Talking To, Hearing From, Discussing With, Listening Into or Being There For: constituents.


Links for the Sites mentioned in the presentation are:

10. Community Tools: PledgeBank, FixMyStreet
9. Access Tools: WriteToThem
8. Community Events: I’m a Councillor, Get me out of Here, LifeSwap
7. Council Resources: ePetitions
6. Video: Webcasting, VLogging
5. Discussion Boards: Issues Forum, TalkSwindon
4. Email Lists: e.g. Nick Palmer
3. Instant Messaging: IMLocal, Skype, Windows Live Messenger
2. Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace
1. Personal Website: Static Page, Corporate Blog, Group Blog, Personal Blog