Social Media and Elected Officials

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December 2013: This slideshow is something of a historical artifact now. This slideshow came from one of the first talks given to a state association of local elected officials that was encouraging them to use social media. It was quite a show - my talk got 'gatecrashed' by a lawyer, plus some local elected officials with a history of shady dealings, who warned the other electeds that they and their cities could face stiff penalties if they used social media. It's hysterical in 2013, but this was heady stuff in 2009. Here's my original description of the talk, which I'm preserving in compliance with the WA state public records act:
Talk to other locally elected officials in the summer of 2009 about how they can use blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other methods to reach out, and hear from, constituents. Annual conference of the Association of Washington Cities, Spokane.

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  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
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  • Social Media and Elected Officials

    1. 1. Social Media and Local Elected Officials Walter Neary Lakewood City Council June 25, 2009
    2. 2. Why New Forms of Communication Matter
    3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting Started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul>Social Media Options (in order of the time they take)
    4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Twitter allows users to send and read other users' updates, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters </li></ul></ul>Twitter
    5. 7. Getting Started: www.twitter.com
    6. 8. Facebook <ul><ul><li>Facebook is a free site where users can join networks organized by interests, city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 11. Getting Started: www.facebook.com
    8. 12. <ul><ul><li>“ People have been very appreciative of the information I’ve posted. I’ve been very successful having my point of view heard and understood in a way that is impossible to express in a council meeting.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Douglas Athas, Garland, TX </li></ul></ul>Blogging
    9. 13. Blogging
    10. 14. Blogging
    11. 15. Getting Started: www.blogger.com
    12. 16. Other tips: www.delicious.com/wtneary/ Localelecteds http://electing2blog.blogspot.com
    13. 17. Let’s Share

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