SANATOGA PA – Finally, Lower Pottsgrove Township has gone social.
Its official Facebook page, found here, launched last Friday (July 6, 2012), but Assistant Manager Alyson Elliott’s e-mailed announcement of the opening didn’t go out until Tuesday (July 10). “Please ‘like’ us to follow Lower Pottsgrove Township news and events. Please also let your friends and family members know,” she wrote.
Facebook is the world’s most used online social media platform. During 2011, according to the DigitalBuzz blog, there were 500 million active Facebook users – that’s one in every 13 people on the planet – and about half of them log in on any given day.
Some local governments, boards and agencies have been slow, for a variety of reasons, to create a Facebook presence. Lower Pottsgrove commissioners first began talking about starting a page more than two years. The Pottsgrove School District has taken even longer; primarily due to privacy concerns for children, its hasn’t launched yet. The borough of Pottstown has one, though; so does the Limerick Township Police Department.
It didn’t take long for people to heed Elliott’s plea. As of 6:30 a.m. today (Thursday, July 12), the page had already attracted 44 likes, included 16 photos in two different albums, and posted seven status updates.
Could a Twitter account be next?