Suffolk after Sandy: A Twitter takeaway

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When it comes to social media, Suffolk County government isn’t operating with coequal branches.

Superstorm Sandy significantly kicked up the activity on Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s official Twitter account, only shining a brighter light on how little most of his counterparts in the county legislature have used the ubiquitous communications tool.
Bellone’s account – not always operated by him – is by no means a barnburner: most of the dozen or more postings it has averaged in recent days included hotline numbers for displaced residents and federal aid application tutorials. But compared to most lawmakers, he’s setting Twitter afire.

A quick Newsday review shows that less than half of the legislature's 18 members have Twitter accounts, and only three (the more-recently elected Rob Calarco, Tom Cilmi and William “Doc” Spencer) regularly use them.

 

The takeaway? District-specific constituent news, apparently, isn't best delivered in 140 characters.

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