Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

The Morris County Freeholders are using various social media to help county residents stay connected to their county government.

“The use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other Web-based technologies provide new opportunities for our county government to inform citizens about programs, services, upcoming meetings, events and other timely information,” said Freeholder Director Gene Feyl.

Direct links to these sites, as well as to Scribd, an online document library, and the county’s RSS feed, are available on the home page of the Morris County government website, www.co.morris.nj.us. Each social network can easily be reached by clicking on its icon at the top of the home page.

The Morris County Facebook page can also be viewed at www.facebook.com/morriscountynj. To become a Morris County government “fan,” an individual must have a Facebook account, which is free.

The county YouTube video library, www.youtube.com/morriscountynj ,
features the freeholders’ TV show “Focus on Morris County,” which airs on Cablevision and Comcast cable systems in the county. It also contains video from the Morris County Park Commission. No account is needed for YouTube.

Those who chose to receive county government updates via Twitter are “followers of MorrisCountyNJ,” and the updates are called “tweets.”

Followers of MorrisCountyNJ will get tweets from several county agencies including the Board of Freeholders, the Park Commission, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Library, as well as information from the Health Management Office and the Department of Human Services. An individual may register to follow MorrisCountyNJ on Twitter by visiting the county government Web site, www.co.morris.nj.us, and clicking on the blue Twitter Bird in the upper right corner of the home page, or by going directly to http://twitter.com/morriscountynj and clicking “Join today.”

Morris County’s Scribd document library, www.scribd.com/morriscountynj , allows visitors to read, download and print a variety of documents including the Directory of County Government Services, minutes from freeholder meetings, the Morris County Park Commissions’ “Pathways” newsletter and various publications of the Morris County Department of Human Services.

Facebook, YouTube, Scribd and Twitter join the Morris County Connections E-newsletter and the county website as technologies being used by the freeholders to keep county residents connected to Morris County government.