Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has long been a frontrunner on the social media scene, with over 1,084,000 Twitter followers and nearly 50,000 Facebook Fans. Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hot on his heels, though, perhaps borrowing inspiration from his long-time buddy and former boss, President Barack Obama, to guide his social media efforts.
In a first of its kind event for the city of Chicago, Emanuel will host a Facebook Town Hall, #AskChicago, today, Thursday, June 30 at 1:30pm. As reported by Maegan Carberry for the Huffington Post,
Kevin Hauswirth, Chicago’s first-ever Social Media Director…”Mayor Emanuel is truly serious about building a more open, transparent government. We’re taking that commitment to the social media space,” Hauswirth says. “Everyday Chicagoans are talking about how to make this city even greater and Mayor’s Office wants to be part of those conversations on and off line.”
Carsberry also reports that Chicago’s CTO has made available a whole host of open government type info about the city on their website. In an age when social media has the potential to either connect or corrupt, it’s refreshing to see politicians embracing the platform for social good. Cheers to Mayor Emanuel! This is something that others should definitely take note of and replicate in their cities and towns across the country.