Have a Facebook page or like to Tweet? The city of Marietta is in on the fun, too, and was recently honored for using social media to communicate with citizens online. Marietta competed against American city and county governments of all sizes and was awarded first place in a national competition of government communication with citizens using social media.
Marietta launched social media in 2009 to connect with citizens and engage them in online conversation. The city uses Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr to share news and events from city hall. Thousands of fans log on to share their experiences, ideas and suggestions with the city.
"We use social media to help spread the word about the good things happening in our city," said Matthew Daily, Marietta's public information officer. "We also use it to listen to citizens online and respond to the community's ideas and comments that can help make our city even better."
The awards were presented by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, which has 900 members from city and county governments across America. The awards recognized the most exceptional and innovative public communications projects in the country that enhanced citizen-government relationships. Competition judges said Marietta's use of Facebook was a "savvy example of using social media to promote, inform and have fun."
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For more information, visit mariettaga.gov or call 770-794-5507.