(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: http://www.facebook.com/TeamHaslam
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 tn.gov/governor 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 www.tn.gov.
“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.