Published on April 9th, 2009 | by Liz Azyan7
USA, Canada & Australia: New Local Government Twitter Lists
I’ve recently decided to try my hand at compiling a list like the one created by @barryearnshaw and Glenn Taggart with @uklocalcouncils for the USA and Canada . @b3rn from the Stap isi website (Local government, the internet & community engagement online) has also done the same for Australia, @OZGovLocal and also one for Australia Councillors twitter stream @OZGovLocalClrs (similar to @CllrTweeps here in the UK) around the same time I created @USALocalGov and @CanadaLocalGov. This is a little experiment to test my theory on whether or not lists like this can help the increase in local government twitter accounts.
I certainly feel there could be a number of reasons for any local council to start using twitter, however, here in the UK, the list has become a source of inspiration and motivation for new comers. Up to this day, the list continues to grow daily and steadily, and before we knew it, we already have 20% of UK local councils already on Twitter.
I feel efforts such as @uklocalcouncils twitter stream is certainly a great monitoring and compilation system to keep track of its growth to encourage other local councils to be more bold and brave to step into the whole new world of transparency and digital engagement as well as participation.
Comparing other local councils twitter account strategy is also another strong reason to keep an eye out on the list. For instance, some local councils have decided to open more than one local council account, either specifically for jobs, tourism, planning application, events or news. Its also interesting to see which local councils are using twitter to actually engage with citizens through tweets (twitter conversations) and how they approach it.
Each strategy can be replicated by other councils and if each local council also had a webteam twitter account. Local council webteams can swap knowledge, tips and tricks and information to enhance their services.
The worldwide local government twitter list…
On top of all these new local government twitter stream accounts, I’ve also created a worldwide account with the help of once again @barryearnshaw (Thanks Barry – Cool Guy!) and @sthelenscouncil (Star council!). You can find it on @LocalGovTweets, which has collected quite a nice number of followers since it was created last weekend. Feel free to follow!
Here is a list of Canada Local Councils on Twitter (to be added, kindly leave request on comments)
Here is a list of USA Local Councils on Twitter (to be added, kindly leave request on comments)
Hope this is helpful!
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