FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Twitter 24 project, local authorities across Scotland began another 24-hour event from noon yesterday (Tuesday) to noon today (Wednesday), using the social media channel to reach local residents.
The event aims to raise awareness of the breadth and complexity of services offered by giving people an insight into a day in the life of their council.
This year residents can engage with councils directly through Twitter using the hashtag #mycouncil and Angus folk can join the local conversation by also using the hashtag #ac24.
As part of its Twitter 24 activities the council leader, Councillor Iain Gaul, and chief executive Richard Stiff took part in a live Twitter Q&A session yesterday.
Councillor Gaul said: “We are always looking for ways to speak with residents about services and find out what they think about local issues. Social media such as Twitter and Facebook lets us do that in a very easy and direct way.
“We hope lots of people will join the conversation on Tuesday and Wednesday by tweeting with the #mycouncil hashtag when they use council services.”
This is the second year that Twitter 24 has taken place and participating local authorities hope to build on the success of last year’s campaign, which saw 28 councils tweet thousands of times, achieve hundreds of retweets and reply to hundreds of direct messages during the 24 hour event.
This year all 32 Scottish councils are taking part.