When Chief Charles Bordeleau started a Twitter feed just minutes after being sworn in earlier this week, it was largely celebrated, including by yours truly.
Other city officials have come onboard in recent months, including deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos and more recently Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume.
Then there was a kinda/sorta drive to get other non-tweeting councillors to join the craze.
What do we want from “officials” on Twitter?
Personally, I’m looking for information, but I’m more interested in candid observations. Just having a presence on Twitter can impress people. For that reason alone, I don’t understand why more city politicians don’t take advantage of it. What we really want, I suppose, is to know that the people whose names are on those Twitter accounts are actually the ones sending the tweets.
The press pays a lot of attention to tweets from the usual newsmakers. Heck, there was even a news story today that was pretty much one councillor’s tweet!
As for Bordeleau, police staff today told me he — after learning the ins and outs of the broadcast tool — is now sending his own tweets.
So, what should we expect from Bordeleau on Twitter? What do people want to hear from the police chief? Former chief Vern White, who didn’t take to Twitter, made it his thing to respond to emails from the public with a phone call back. Maybe Twitter will be Bordeleau’s thing.
Still, I’m not expecting many unreserved tweets from Bordeleau, who comes across as someone keenly aware of the weight of his words as chief of police.
(Right: Power tweeter Mayor Jim Watson chats with rookie tweeter Chief Charles Bordeleau before Friday’s swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. Photo by Tony Caldwell)
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