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Archive for August, 2009

Warwick Road Enhancements: Faultless use of social media for consultation?


So how do you incorporate social media without making one single mistake? Easy; don’t incorporate it at all. First of all here’s what this post is all about: Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, and Centro (the West Midlands transport authority) are currently working in partnership to improve the A41 Warwick Road route.  The […]

Twitter chat results in mainstream media coverage for new website

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A few days ago I promised to tell you the story about how the new site HelpMeInvestigate made it on to several mainstream media websites. The mainstream media thing is actually not that interesting, but at least it catches the eye of the general public when they are involved.

Neighbourhood blogging helps councils consult neighbourhoods.


When Seattle in the USA asked residents to fill out a survey about their neighbourhoods the results came back with something that doesn’t surprise me. The neighbourhoods that responded the best were the neighbourhoods with the most active hyperlocal blogs and websites. As Cory Bergman puts it: the top neighborhoods had something in common — […]