Gov. Haslam is Mr. Social Media

(Note: This expands an earlier post)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is touting his administration’s dedication to social media, but he also acknowledges that not every one of his 40,000 followers on Facebook are actually supporters.
The Republican governor said in a speech in Nashville on Thursday that he has stressed the use of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube to communicate with constituents.
Haslam said social media also provide an avenue for feedback — and that not all of it is positive. The governor told reporters after the event that in reading some of the comments it has become clear that some of his followers are “fans, but not admirers.”
An analysis conducted by Haslam’s office indicates that he has the eighth most Facebook fans among the nation’s governors.
Haslam’s Facebook page:
The governor’s news release is below:

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is the first governor in the state’s history to fully incorporate social media sites into his public outreach efforts and push state departments to aggressively engage the public through these online tools. The governor highlighted these efforts during remarks at the Tennessee Digital Government Summit in Nashville.
Haslam’s online presence includes: 40,042 Facebook supporters; 8,388 Twitter followers; 1,072 LinkedIn connections; 17,305 YouTube views; 97,302 Flickr views; and 94,021 visits to since his inauguration.
As more and more Tennesseans turn to the internet for information, the Haslam administration’s growing social media presence offers the general public additional outlets to participate in public discourse or access information about state government.
“Social media offers powerful tools that invite the public in and promote discussion,” Haslam said. “Using these outlets, we can communicate directly with the online citizen about his or her state government in an environment where it is as easy as a click of the mouse to share information with family and friends.”
Haslam and his communications office use Facebook and LinkedIn to network with Tennesseans while also using the governor’s Twitter feed, Flickr photostream and his YouTube channel as other methods beyond speeches, appearances, news shows, interviews and press releases to communicate with the public.
State departments are also taking greater advantage of the opportunities social media presents with nearly all departments working to increase their online presence beyond the state’s homepage of
“Civic engagement is critical to a healthy democracy, and increasing the state’s online presence offers Tennesseans more alternatives to join the discussion on how to make our state a better place to live, work and play,” Haslam added.

One thought on “Gov. Haslam is Mr. Social Media

  1. John Hudson

    The new traffic law about bicycles is stupid I think. The state with this law is making criminals out of maybe someone who is a good productive citizen. Who may make a mistake or bad dicision in passing a bicycle. I think most folks pass them as they would a car. The new law allows a cop to make a felone out of you. If he decides to charge you . IF there is a accident. The car driver may be makeing 70 grand a yr. The bicyclist could sue before the law. He can also sue after the law ,but if the poor hardworking man or woman who make a bad decision driving and caused a accident is put in jail for a yr. hE CAN NOT LONGER PAY his property taxes ,and he can not longer pay if judgement is rendered. The law sucks. If TN had good wide roads with good wide shoulders. I could see the law . The way it is with tn back roads more like cow trails ,and the state hwys most do not have a good shoulder. So why did they feel like they was doing a better thing with this law. It is just away to raise funds and fill prisons and jails.

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