Councillor praises Twitter 24

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Newton Mearns councillor Paul O’Kane joined people from across East Renfrewshire and Scotland last week participating in the annual Twitter 24 project.

Following the success of last year’s event, East Renfrewshire council (@eastrencouncil) was one of 31 local authorities across Scotland who held another 24 hour event , utilising the social media channel to reach local residents.

This year, residents were encouraged to engage with councils directly through social media using the hashtag #mycouncil.

Councillor O’Kane joined local school pupils on Pulse 98.4 community Radio to discuss the use of social networking as a way for the council to engage with residents.

Paul told The Extra: “It was great to hear young people say that they feel engaged and enthusiastic when putting their point across on Twitter or Facebook.

“I hope that the council and many of my elected colleagues in our parliaments and elsewhere will continue to use social media and networking to connect with constituents.

“Over recent years we have seen the viral impact of campaigns through social media such as that of US president Barack Obama. There is no reason why we can recreate some of that on a local scale here in Newton Mearns”.