Government: To Tweet or not to Tweet?

To Tweet or not to Tweet? That is a question facing politicians and bureaucrats while social media trends unfold and a relatively new communication tool establishes itself. One thing is for sure – it’s here to stay in one form or another. Having said that however, this is not a step to be taken lightly. It’s a big change for a group of people who are used to carefully managing information and reputations.

Of course it’s not that simple, nor is it that complex – there are already ways to access information, and ways to affect reputations, it’s just that social media is designed to be interactive and live and that takes some getting used to.

In the October 2010 Municipal Elections, the Beamsville District Secondary School grade 10 Civics class sent emails to all of the candidates urging us to reach out to voters in the 18 to 35 age range by getting on Facebook and/or Twitter, if we weren’t already.

Ottawa is getting in the groove: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-cautiously-calculating-when-and-how-to-dive-into-social-media/article2285687/?cmpid=nl-news1.

Social media is changing the way people communicate and we will see governmental practices change as a matter of course.

Dianne Rintjema

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Cathy Simpson: Sad to see her go

The Town of Lincoln is losing a great asset as Cathy Simpson, Deputy CEO of the Lincoln Public Library has accepted the position of CEO of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Library. Not only has she been a huge asset to the Library itself, but also to the community at large as she regularly reached out and contributed to community events like Harvest Happening, and put countless hours toward her position on the Beamsville Farmers’ Market Steering Committee.

Congratulations to Cathy as she has recently became engaged to be married. She and her new husband will likely relocate to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Cathy has been well respected by community members, staff, patrons, and the Library Board and all are sad to see her go.

There will be an open-house to congratulate Cathy and say farewell, at the Vineland branch of the Library on Wednesday December, 21, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.