During social media back in February, the City launched four new central digital media channels to engage and inform New Yorkers. New York City government is now on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and foursquare.
This is in addition to the numerous other social media accounts that departments across the city maintain. You can follow and get information from almost any department via NYC Social Media Sites.
These accounts are a continued push by the city to become more digital and provide New Yorkers with breaking news and information.
Mayor Bloomberg described the new accounts as follows:
@nycgov captures the pulse of New York City government, with tweets about news and services that impact their lives. Residents can find out if alternate side parking rules are in effect and schools are in session, read about free events in their neighborhood, get emergency notifications that could affect them and their commute, see what Mayor Bloomberg is doing and learn about new City programs as soon as they launch. Visit twitter.com/nycgov.
“New York has the largest Twitter developer population outside of California in the U.S and provides us yet another reason to look forward to our growing presence here,” said Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter.
NYC Gov’s Facebook page enables New Yorkers to get all the information they need in one place and share it with friends. NYC Gov’s Facebook includes videos, new City initiatives, interactive features such as polls and a Citywide events calendar, allowing residents to engage with the City of New York and other New Yorkers on NYC Gov’s Facebook wall. Visit facebook.com/nycgov.
“We’re pleased that Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York are using Facebook to reach people in a direct, personal, and simple way that was unimaginable a decade ago. Today’s announcement builds on the Mayor’s visionary Road Map for a Digital City and will help connect citizens with important information and services,” said Joel Kaplan, Vice President-U.S. Public Policy.
NYC Gov’s Tumblr is a blog that publishes frequent updates on the topics that matter most to New Yorkers, like schools, jobs, getting around the City and much more. The NYC Gov Tumblr features up-to-the-minute announcements, exclusive photos from City events and Mayoral visits, as well as quick videos that answer frequently asked questions on City services. Users can browse posts by major themes, share them by reblogging, and even submit a question to Mayor Bloomberg with the #AskMike feature. Catch up on what’s going on in NYC by visiting nycgov.tumblr.com
NYC Gov’s foursquare presence includes a brand-new Big Apple badge, lists and tips for a range of City spaces across the five boroughs. If residents want to find something to do, they can follow NYC Gov on foursquare for places to go from parks and pools to museums and landmarks. Whether biking near Prospect Park or walking in Central Park and interested in finding out about more to do in the area, NYC Gov’s foursquare account brings New Yorkers fun, helpful facts each time they check in to City spaces – all while they earn a foursquare badge. Check out foursquare.com/nycgov.
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