Twitter and local governments

An  analysis of Twitter content found that local governments in Virginia are mainly ignoring the popular microblogging website.  The research study showed that only 17% of county, city and town governments had Twitter accounts. Tweets averaged at around one per day, and only five of the accounts had more than 1000 followers.

The study, which I co-authored with my graduate student Corey Byers, was presented along with social media and community building guidelines at the fall conference of the Virginia Government Communicators.

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Messner Byers VGC Twitter Presention

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