BLM launches social media to promote public involvement
Makes a presence on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter
by Bureau of Land Management
July 29, 2010
As part of its ongoing effort to engage the public on issues in more timely and relevant ways, the Bureau of Land Management has entered the realm of social media by establishing a presence on the popular websites Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
BLM Wyoming now has its own Facebook page. To get the latest updates, you may follow BLM Wyoming by clicking on the link on BLMís web page: www.blm.gov/wy or go to http://www.facebook.com/BLMWyoming.
"We are excited about using social media to connect with people interested in the management of their public lands," said BLM Director Bob Abbey. "Through such media, the BLM will not only be able to reach more citizens in Ďreal time,í but also generate instant feedback on the myriad issues facing our agency."
Besides the social media accounts set up by the Bureauís national office in Washington, D.C., more local and subject-specific accounts will be administered by the BLMís State Offices and various programs throughout the agency. For example, BLM-California, BLM-Colorado, BLM-New Mexico, BLM-Oregon, and BLM-Wyoming have already created Facebook pages, as has the Bureauís Wild Horse and Burro Program.
Interested parties can begin following the BLM at http://www.facebook.com/BLMNational and
http://www.twitter.com/BLMNational. A list of our other social media sites can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/socialmedia.html
Twitter is a free micro-blogging and social networking service that allows users to send and receive each otherís updates through interactions known as "tweets," while Facebook allows users to share items of interest with their friends via text, photos, and videos.
The BLM has established a YouTube channel to share informational videos more easily with the public. The Bureauís YouTube page is accessible at http://www.youtube.com/BLMNational.