(Editor's Note: The following press release was submitted by the Village of Rockville Centre.)
On March 1 the Village of Rockville Centre entered the digital age by launching its social media efforts on Facebook and Twitter.
Through the use of the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, the Village is seeking to increase its reach into the community.
"The goal is to communicate events and information to the people of Rockville Centre and beyond," said Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray. "We do that to a certain extent through our website and newsletters, but I believe that we can engage more people through the use of these tools. We're no longer tethered to newspapers, televisions or radios for information; many of us rely on smartphones as our main source of information."
The Village of Rockville Centre also hopes to use these platforms as a way to "hear" what its citizens have to say.
Recognizing the power these social media sites have, Deputy Mayor Nancy Howard stated that, "I'll always love face-to-face communication, but more and more of our communication is done electronically; whether it be texting, tweeting, or e-mailing. As public officials we have to keep up with the times."
The village also plans to use these outlets as a way to communicate emergency information on a real time basis.
This will be especially helpful in the event of severe weather. With the press of a button, vital information regarding storm preparedness, road conditions, etc. can be sent out to the residents of the village.
Conversely, the village can listen to what its residents are saying as they post on the Facebook page or tweet us on Twitter.