Aberdeenshire Council will be taking part in Twitter 24, a 24 hour social media event later this month. Last year the council took part in #whatwedo with 27 other councils across Scotland.
Building on the success of last years event, Scottish councils will take to Twitter once again on 18 & 19 September, so far 31 councils have signed up to the event. Starting at noon on 18 September employees from across Aberdeenshire Council will take a few seconds out to tweet about their services from the frontline or tweet useful information for residents, allowing the council’s Twitter followers a unique view of the daily scope of activities.
Residents are being encouraged to join in the debate by using the hashtags #mycouncil #aberdeenshire.
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Councillor Jim Gifford said
We are always looking for ways to engage with our residents, to let them know about our services and also to find out what they think about local issues.
The huge growth of our Twitter following in the past year is evidence that more and more of our residents are choosing to engage with us via social media – it is clearly a very important tool to develop and awareness raising events such as Twitter 24 is a great way to do this.
Deputy Leader Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes said
Communication in modern society has got faster and faster. It is essential that we as a council keep pace with that and ensure that residents have direct access to as much information as possible about council services.
Twitter 24 is the ideal opportunity to give residents an insight into the sheer range of activities council employees are engaged in on a day to day basis and also to acknowledge all the hard work and good practice by staff that can often go unnoticed.
Independents’ Co-ordinator Councillor Norman Smith added
I hope lots of our customers will join in by tweeting with the #mycouncil hashtag when they speak to council staff or use one of our services during the 24 hour period between September 18 and 19.
Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Colin Mackenzie, said
It is easy for residents to forget about the council services they may not directly use or require.
However, Aberdeenshire spans a distance of 2,437 square miles, which makes up 8 per cent of Scotland, and the council provides a whole range of services every single day of the year to almost a quarter of a million people.
I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to join in with Twitter 24, as in addition to providing information and an insight into the council, it is also about stimulating debate and promoting a dialogue between elected members, officers and residents.
Aberdeesnhire Council have doubled their Twitter followers to over 5000 since the #whatwedo event last year. People who do not already have a Twitter account can find out more about it and sign up for free at www.twitter.com/about