|14-004: A lonely shortened Facebook link on Twitter|
|Agency: South Central Sierra Interagency IMT||Topic(s): Shared information/update|
|Date: Summer 2014||Platform: Twitter|
Speed is primarily the reason why everyone loves social media…especially Twitter. Many agencies use social media to provide updates and information when assigned to certain incidents. That’s what the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team did during the French Fire in California when they pushed this lonely shortened Facebook link out on Twitter.
I get that 140 character max on Twitter is short…and you have lots to say…and you don’t have time…and blah blah blah. Everyone else doesn’t have time too. But pushing a non-descript link, does raise a concern that perhaps your account has been compromised by spam bots. Your agency has worked diligently to establish solid working relationships. During an emergency is the WORST time for your audience to question and/or ignore your official accounts with trusted reliable information.
If your social media plan calls for directing all efforts to Facebook as the primary source of information, a Public Information Officer (PIO) should still take the time to provide a little information (like a short description) on other platforms driving the traffic to that primary source. Providing just a link is not enough.
In the PIO business, we are forced to be precise, however just providing a link pertaining to a dangerous situation or disasters will not be enough to satiate the Twittersphere’s social interest.
Audiences change on various social media platforms, however, many agencies *think* they are all the same.
Knowing your audience is the hallmark of success. If you pair your Facebook and Twitter accounts to save time and to pass the exact same message – you should consider separating them now. Remember, you write/post/share information differently on various social media platforms.
A more effective tweet could have read:
|Still assigned to the French Fire here in California-Check out pictures frm @BLMNational Interagency Fire fb.me/1BV35Tytx #CAWildfire|
By phrasing it this way:
- You have more visibility by informing your followers that your team is still assigned to the incident.
- The link looks less spammy and readers know what the specific content is in the link.
- Your #hashtag will give more information about the current overall disaster/emergency.
- Your readers are likely to click on this hyperlink because it will take them to a picture. People love pictures.
- Your agency shows coordinated efforts with national response agencies when you use @mentions on twitter.
Time is valuable, so tweet good stuff.
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