Twitter has exploded into the public consciousness recently thanks to the likes of Stephen Fry and the BBC’s fascination with it from Jonathan Ross, Richard Bacon and even most amazingly Terry Wogan.
Politicians are catching up rapidly. No.10 Downing Street passed MC Hammer in popularity today and two services in particular help us find the more obscure users in the political sphere.
- Tweetminster follows MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
- CllrTweeps is building a list of Councillors who tweet
Both seem to be developing fast and are worth checking up on from time to time.
The US Embassy have obviously read page 27 of the CivicSurf booklet headlined “Answer email with your blog.”
This evening they announced via Twitter that they’d set up a new blog to share information based on the emails and calls they receive. It’s really basic stuff. Someone emails or calls the embassy about something because they can’t find the information elsewhere. So publish that information on a Google friendly website AKA a blog. Next time people find without having to call or email. Everyone’s time is saved.
It’s great to see the US Embassy using Social Media tools this way. It’s not clear if this is a rogue experiment coming out of Grosvenor Square or an international thing. Either way it’s great to see.
I had a tweet yesterday from a friend saying how a certain DVD had appeared on their desk with instructions to watch and digest. I’m assuming it is the CivicSurf DVD because one was sent to every CEO of every local authority in the UK due to arrive yesterday and today.
I’m glad that the CEO from the council above actually opened the package and saw that it was relevant to my Twitter-friend, but I’d be far more pleased were we to get comments here saying that the CEO had watched it themselves (only 15 minutes long) and found it so interesting and inspiring that they visited the site to get more information.
So for those of who who are visiting this page because you’ve received the DVD – you may be asking what next? The answer is: Show it to your councillors and senior colleagues. Let them see what some very typical councillors thought about blogging. Let them see and hear what some of the most experienced bloggers thought of it.
We can help too. If you let us know you want to show the film we’ll arrange for an experienced blogger to attend and answer any questions that arise. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01225 869413.