Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
The Morris County Freeholders are actively using social media to help county residents stay connected to their county government.
“Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social sites provide wonderful opportunities for Morris County government to share information about programs, services, meetings, events and other timely information with our citizens,” said Freeholder Director William Chegwidden.
Direct links to these sites, as well as to Scribd, an online document library, and Flickr, an online photo gallery, are available on the home page of the Morris County government website, MorrisCountyNJ.gov.
Once on the home page, individuals may also register to receive the county’s free electronic newsletter “Morris County Connections.”
“We’re using as many channels as possible to provide information about Morris County government programs and freeholder actions,” Chegwidden said.
Each social network can also easily be reached from MorrisCountyNJ.gov by clicking its icon at the top of the page.
For general county government information, Morris County is known as MorrisCountyNJ on each of the social sites.
Facebook registered users will find the Morris County Facebook page at Facebook.com/MorrisCountyNJ.
The county has several YouTube channels. YouTube.com/MorrisCountyNJ ,
features the freeholder show “Focus on Morris County,” which also airs on Cablevision and Comcast cable systems in the county. An array of county videos, including “Morris Minutes,” which are brief informational videos about a variety of county services, are there as well. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has a YouTube channel at YouTube.com/MorrisProsecutor, which includes press conference videos.
Morris County shares a variety of information with its “followers” on Twitter.com. No account is needed to read these short updates called “tweets”. General county updates are at Twitter.com/MorrisCountyNJ. Focused tweets are available from the Morris County Prosecutor (Twitter.com/MCNJProsecutor), the Morris County Library (Twitter.com/MCLib) and the Office of Health Management (Twitter.com/MorrisHealth). Emergency updates are at Twitter.com/MCUrgent.
An individual may join Twitter by signing up at Twitter.com. Once logged in, the Twitter user can search to find Morris County accounts. By clicking the “Follow” button, tweets from the followed account will come automatically into the user’s account.
Morris County’s Scribd document library, Scribd.com/MorrisCountyNJ, allows visitors to read, download, print and share such county documents such as minutes from freeholder meetings, the Morris County Park Commissions’ “Pathways” newsletter and publications from various county government departments. An account is not required unless a reader wants to download or print any item.