All of a Twitter over social media proposal

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DRIFFIELD Town Council got themselves in a bit of a twitter over the idea of joining the social media revolution.

It seems that everyone from global superstars to schoolchildren now communicate via Facebook and Twitter.

And it was suggested by parishioner Matt Lewer, of Mill Falls, that the town council should join the revolution as a way of communicating with the public.

Coun Matt Rogers initially urged the council to look at the use of social media and regularly updating the authority’s own website.

But he swiftly changed his opinion once it was pointed out that people now regularly face legal action over comments made on social media sites.

Coun Paul Rounding agreed. “Updating the website, yes 100% but let’s not look at Twitter.”

Mr Lewer told councillors in a letter: “I would like to see the town council explore the potential of using social media as a tool to communicate with the community and promote Driffield.

“Social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, are a great way to promote the town and are copmpletely free to use.

“A Driffield town council Twitter account would only take minutes to set up and could be used to promote events and local business. It would also help intruduce the town council to a whole new demographic of residents.

“As an example, the Driffield Times and Post are on Twitter and they have 1,400 followers.

“This means that every time they send out a new message it is seen by 1,400 people.”

Mr Lewer also said that the town council could make better use of its own website. “The internet is quickly becoming the most popular way for people to get information about their community.”

Councillors heard that Beverley town council were regular users of Twitter (find them @bevtowncouncil) and Driffield town council clerk Claire Binnington said Driffield’s website was already updated on a regular basis.

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