I received a very interesting e-mail yesterday from one of the officers of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. The officer is responsible for the new Council blog. In the morning he found this blog and my Twitter micro blog, in the afternoon I posted a comment in the ‘about’ section of their blog. Stranger things have happened.
The Council has launched a blog called Talkingeds’s Blog, a new development which began in December. Initially not widely publicised I hope that it will be. It shows the human face from within the town hall as well as keeping people up to date, from within as well as without, on Council stuff. The community will like that.
Twitter is an online Micro Blogging service that I use. If you are interested the updates feed directly into the side bar of this blog just underneath the ‘Blog Archive’ and the ‘Poll’. Various Councils use Twitter too as a means of updating people on developments. Examples are: Derbyshire County Council, Rugby Borough Council, and North Devon Council. I would like to see Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council start a Twitter like these. It is so easy for residents to save to favourites then they can keep up with the Council on a real time basis.
Another online service that can be useful is Flickr, a photo sharing website which can also be useful for Councils to use to share information in the public domain without loading up their own already busy servers. A good example of this is Coventry City Council who utilised Flickr to carry the images of their Coventry City Centre Master plan.
In my opinion Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council should have a Twitter micro blog as well as a ‘proper’ blog. Images such as the Stockingford recreation ground master plan, the images of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid for Riversley Park amongst others could easily be hosted on Flickr.