Social media as an accepted stand-alone public relations practice remains just a few years old, but for some reason I still find it easy to think that there is little new under the sun.
After all, if we break apart social media into their functional pieces the actual act of sharing information today is not much different from it was when the young PR industry was ruled by guys who walked newspaper newsrooms drumming up interest in their clients’ news. Continue reading →
A transportation colleague said something recently that struck me as rather profound.
She simply asked, why is it that we can do our banking at 2 a.m., but we cannot get a permit from the state DOT at 4:30 p.m. because the office is closing?
There is a lot in that question. It suggests that we might need a basic re-thinking of government services and how we deliver those services. It suggests that “regular” office hours are probably not regular any more.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project’s latest report shows that social media tool usage continues to evolve. According to the folks at Pew, nearly three quarters of adult Americans are now using social networking sites.
I have suggested many times that giving the public a peak at what things look like behind the detours and road closures can only help tell the transportation story. The Washington State Department of Transportation team regularly does this, and the public seems to enjoy it.
Recently, the WSDOT team took advantage of an annual bridge closure to get some additional road work completed.