Downing Street using Social Media

Having talked about how council’s might use social media, I thought you might be interested in how government (or more particularly Downing Street) are dipping their toes in.

There’s a Flickr site and a YouTube channel (though the comments are turned off on both) and Twitter.

Perhaps more interesting is the Number10community on Flickr:

The Prime Minister is back in September with the economy and living costs at the top of his agenda. What would you place at the top of your agenda as PM – submit a picture that sums up your thoughts.

And the Ask The PM use of YouTube:

Ask the PM will be a regular Q&A session open to everyone.
You’ll also be able to vote for your favourite questions
throughout with the most popular rising to the top.

Of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating – not so much in whether your photo will change government priorities, which seems like an unfair test to me, but in whether the depth of the conversation seems worth the candle for government and citizen in a year or two’s time.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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