In the interest of better connecting with our constituents, Galveston County now operates accounts on both Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook is a social networking service with over 955 million users, and a Facebook presence provides a new way for the County to engage with constituents, including sharing events, photographs, and other information. Twitter is currently the most popular micro blog service and lets users post entries up to 140 characters long. Users can read these messages online or have them sent as a text message to a cell phone or other mobile device. This allows short informative updates to be communicated instantly to our County constituents.
Additionally, the State of Texas urges the adoption of social media by government for the following benefits:
· Promotes information that would not have reached the public through traditional channels;
· Mobilizes citizens with real time updates during emergency events;
· Provides a moderated forum for citizens to constructively discuss important issues;
· Increases traffic to websites;
· Increases adoption of online services;
· Communicates with the public in a better, faster, and cheaper manner;
· Quickly resolves customer inquiries; and,
· Turns negative complaints into positive experiences with timely customer service.
These accounts are public effective immediately. We welcome your feedback and participation as we strive to best present the heritage and services of our County to our residents, visitors, businesses and the general public.
Please note if you send a photo, comment through a message or post a comment, the County reserves the right to restrict any communication deemed to be harmful to individuals or damaging to the site’s discussion or in violation of the County’s rights or any third party rights. Examples include, but are not limited to, vulgar language, personal attacks, or offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, or religious group. Further the County also reserves the right to delete comments that: (i) are spam or include links to other sites; (ii) are clearly off topic; (iii) advocate illegal activity; (iv) promote or oppose particular services, products, or political organizations and candidates; (v) infringe on copyrights or trademarks; or (vi) could potentially be considered violations of personal privacy.