KC's Twitter fanatics: James and Schulte
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte and Mayor Sly James spent a lot of time on Twitter Thursday and Friday. They were very productive.
James (who’s @mayorslyjames) and Schulte (@KCMOmanager) used the social media site to receive complaints about - and praise for - how the city was handling the snowfall.
The two officials also kept up a steady stream of informative messages, many of which were “retweeted” to others in Kansas City, further benefiting the public during such a large winter storm.
James has been using Twitter for months to promote the city with people who follow him on the site.
The mayor is also technologically advanced: He takes photos and attaches them to his posts, including during the aftermath of Wednesday night’s horrific blast at JJ’s restaurant.
Twitter gives people the ability to communicate directly with public officials.
Thanks to Schulte, for instance, I and other people on Friday were able to find out the latest information about when our streets might get plowed.
Other city departments, such as KCI, also put out information on Twitter, as did other cities, counties and school districts.
And Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo (@CindyCirco) also was much more active on Twitter.
The social media site has become a go-to source for fast-breaking information - at least when it comes from credible sources such as James and Schulte.
Some of that other Twitter stuff - be wary.