In today’s world, it seems that everywhere you look, you will find at least one person in a group with some sort of technology in their hand, whether it be a smartphone or a tablet. They may be checking out the weather, scrolling through their newsfeed, pinning a new recipe for supper, or perhaps one of my youngest children’s favorite pastimes, watching surprise egg videos.

Social media has forever changed the way society works, whether it is sharing an idea, communicating news, or expressing their opinion. With social media, news that would have taken days or possibly weeks to share, can now be shared in a matter of minutes.

The city of Beatrice recently hopped on the bandwagon and created our very own Facebook page. We also became more active on our Twitter account with the hope to open new doors of communication with our citizens. Those of you who “like” our Facebook page or “follow” us on Twitter, will find a variety of information, such as when the next City Council or BPW Board meetings are, any current job openings the city has to offer, community events, as well as some helpful tips and tidbits.

Social media is also an inexpensive way for the city to get information out to our citizens, as well as our citizens to provide feedback to the city. Recently, the City Council was looking at the possibility of removing one-way streets. With the help of our IT Department, we were able to post a simple online survey and hear back from a number of our citizens on their wishes.

The city can also use social media as a way to provide information to our citizens. A while back, there was some concern expressed in regards to the skateboard park equipment, and it was amazing to watch the information we provided spread throughout our social media accounts.

So, if you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to “like us on Facebook” at City of Beatrice, Nebraska and “follow us on Twitter” @BeatriceNE. While our posts may not be as funny or clever as those of our Police Department, we do promise to keep you informed of what is going on in your community.