Wednesday, December 23, 2009

North Carolina Governor Distributes First State Government Social Media Policy

New guidelines and tutorial will help increase the use of sites like Facebook and Twitter by state government agencies and ensure compliance with public records laws

Gov. Bev Perdue today distributed North Carolina’s first state government social media policy and online tutorial to state agencies and departments.  The announcement was made via the Governor's Office Twitter page and the documents can be downloaded on Bev Perdue's Facebook page.

The new guidelines will help and encourage state agencies to develop a presence on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and provide guidance to ensure social media use complies with public records and archiving laws.

“Social networking is not the next-big-thing.  It’s here now and state government must stay current if we are to be fully transparent and accountable to the public,” said Perdue.  “I encourage all state agencies to take advantage of social media to increase communication and interaction with the citizens of North Carolina.”

The new social media guidelines were created by a joint effort between the Office of the Governor, the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Department of Cultural Resources.  The policy focuses on these key areas:

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