Social Media? What’s that about?

So many tools, which to use?

So many tools, which to use?

Last night I attended a Social Media session at #FHDC hosted by Kim Morrison of Bury St. Edmunds based Morrison Social Media. She was hosted by Cllr. Sarah Stamp who leads the way for St. Edmundsbury and Forest Heath on Social Media and incidentally who’s Klout score is constantly higher than mine, not much of an ambition but one day, just one day, I’ll peak higher than her, screen print it and then give up!

Kim whizzed through the various tools at a Councillor’s deposal from Twitter to the new kid of the block Pinterest, and even touched on the really interesting project I have recently been involved in called ‘The networked councillor’ by the excellent Public-i. If you hadn’t read the report nor their excellent blog please do, http://www.public-i.info/blog/tag/networked-councillor/

A couple of things struck me as we discussed various yesterday evening, firstly for those yet to dipped their toes in, it’s quite daunting. In terms of the kit, FHDC is quite a long way away from enabling its Councillors to be connected away from their home computer, (but last night was a good first step); how to use the actual software and real concern about where to find the time to write stuff like, err. this blog. For me this has always been about accessibility so whether its picking up the phone, send an email, popping into a surgery, stopping me in the checkout queue at the local co-op, or tweeting a question; residents must be able to be contacted you, to resolve problems or not, take things up on their behalf and debate local issues. With regards the time social media takes, frankly it simply has to come out of some other activity area and it’s about balance.

P.S. Precisely 300 hundred words, as Kim recommended last night!

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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