Florida Tweets

Last week I had my first experience with using Twitter for a technical support issue. Who would think you could get instant customer service from a little tool called Twitter. I was very impressed with how fast and willing the computer company was to help me with my issue. Quite frequently I still hear “I just don’t get Twitter, nor do I think I will ever use it.”

While many governments are still struggling with what Twitter is and how it can be used, there are many Florida governments that have embraced using the free technology/service. Twitter is very simple and easy to use. It is also good to know and understand why you want to use Twitter. Don’t just do because it is a shiny new toy. If you want to syndicate your news,
training, podcast, vodcast, fast facts, program highlights, or whatever you feel
is news worthy, Twitter is the way to go! Especially, if you want it out on the
web fast.

Twitter has
been a valuable professional networking tool. I follow, or think I follow, just
the right tweeters, magazines, news and government organizations, to keep up
with the technology and Gov 2.0 professionals. Often, when someone e-mails me a
news article and I am able to say, “Yeah, I saw that on Twitter about three
hours ago.” Sometimes there will be tweets that you find will not be that
important to you or your organization.

Twitter is also a really great listening tool.
Twitter can also be used like I described above, to have really good customer service, receive quick feedback from the web and your followers. Just think if you are a law enforcement agency, and people report a crime from their phone
using the camera or video camera, with a Lat/Long to be reported with the tweet.
There are many possibilities of what you can use it for.

Below is a short list of what I have compiled for
governments in Florida using twitter to push their information out. You are
welcome to use the comments section below to add your Twitter account

It’s not about
the technology, it’s about the communication, community, transparency, and
citizen engagement.

~Happy Tweeting!

Governments in Florida Tweeting:

http://twitter.com/myfwc – FL Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission

http://twitter.com/FLDEPAlert- FL Dept. of
Environmental Protection

http://twitter.com/EasyAsOne – FL Dept of
Environmental Protection

http://twitter.com/flstateparks – FL State

Great FL Birding Trail

http://twitter.com/GetOutdoorsFL – Get Outdoors

http://twitter.com/FloridaDMS – FL Dept of
Management Services

http://twitter.com/FLStateWatch – FL Division of
Emergency Services

http://twitter.com/myfloridalegal – FL Attorney
General’s Office

http://twitter.com/cityofboynton – City of Boynton,

Boynton Beach, FL Police

http://twitter.com/citydelraybeach – City of Delray
Beach, FL

http://twitter.com/CityOfSunrise – City of Sunrise,

Boca Raton, FL Police

http://twitter.com/hillsboroughFL – Hillsborough
County, FL

http://twitter.com/PolkCountyFL – Polk County,

City of Tampa, FL

http://twitter.com/CoralSpringsFL – Coral Springs,

Jacksonville, FL Sheriff’s office

http://twitter.com/cotnews – City of Tallahassee,

http://twitter.com/SFWMD – South
FL Water Management District

http://twitter.com/FLHealthyKids – Florida Healthy

– Fresh From Florida – FL Dept of Agriculture

http://twitter.com/FL_AgLaw – FL Dept of
Agriculture Law Enforcement

(Florida Tweets
(Repost Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – from http://flgovtech.com))

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Chris Bennett

Hi April. You can also see which agencies in Florida (or any state for that matter) are Tweeting by going to GovLive. Hope you find it useful!