Gov. Bill Haslam used the Tennessee Digital Government Summit Thursday morning to push the use of social media.
The Haslam administration claims the governor is the first in the state to fully incorporate social media sites into public outreach efforts and to urge state departments to assertively engage the public through online tools.
Since his inauguration, Haslam has seen his online presence grow to include the following: about 40,000 Facebook followers; about 8,400 Twitter followers; about 1,100 LinkedIn connections; about 17,300 YouTube views; about 97,300 Flickr views; and about 94,000 visits to tn.gov/governor.
The governor highlighted the social media efforts during remarks at the conference, which was held in Nashville.
Haslam said as more Tennesseans use the Internet for information, the administration’s growing social media presence will offer the general public additional outlets to participate in public discourse and to access information about state government.
“Social media offers powerful tools that invite the public in and promote discussion,” Haslam said in release. “Using these outlets, we can communicate directly with the online citizen about his or her state government in an environment where it is as easy as a click of the mouse to share information with family and friends.
“Civic engagement is critical to a healthy democracy,” he added. “And increasing the state’s online presence offers Tennesseans more alternatives to join the discussion on how to make our state a better place to live, work and play.”