Council must use Facebook, Twitter
DIPPING its toe into the wonderful world of social networking may be a risky challenge for Southern Downs Regional Council but officers yesterday told councillors it was the way of the future.
A report was yesterday presented to council at its corporate service committee meeting recommending council make use of Facebook and Twitter to promote updates on its website or provide alerts during disasters.
Communications officer Janine Crawford said the move was in line with a number of other councils and it was simply a way of sending out information to the public quickly and efficiently at no cost to council.
Cr Cameron Gow immediately said he supported the plan, so long as the security settings meant no one could “comment” on the council’s Facebook posts.
“I think the Queensland Police Service made an error allowing comments to be put on their posts as they then had to have someone to police that,” he said.
“But especially during the floods it was one of the most highly sought-after sources of information, especially in relation to closed roads.”
Councillors did express concerns about the potential public slurs, having heard about various other high-profile cases splashed across the media.
However,Ms Crawford assured councillors the posts would be used just to direct users to the council’s website to access formally approved press releases and information.
She said using both Twitter and Facebook allowed them to reach different generations and more users.
The recommendation was moved and will have to be finalised at next week’s general meeting.