Check us out on Twitter and Facebook
The Rodney Times is growing its online presence.
With the strong move to social and news media online, Rodney Times staff thought it was time to launch our own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Sales co-ordinator Kelly Paddison has taken the reins of the Twitter account, and senior reporter Caralise Moore is keeping the Facebook account fresh.
A major benefit of the social media scene is getting a more immediate feed of news both in and out of the office.
‘‘With these types of sites we can see what is happening out in the community very quickly, and we can either respond, confirm, or release up-to-date information instantly,’’ Kelly says.
Kelly describes Twitter as a live stream of updates from different people.
People use the site to share files and links. Businesses use it to promote sales, events and get information out to the public domain.
It is also used more socially to communicate personal messages or thoughts.
Facebook is similar but can have a more personal feel with its photo albums and added user content.
‘‘From the news side it has been amazing to see the speed of information being fed to people,’’ Caralise says.
‘‘I was on our Facebook page at the time of the Albany tornado and within 10 minutes of it happening I was having people send photos and information to me.
‘‘That response came before any other media was reporting the incident on their webpages or radio.
‘‘ Information shared through the social websites helps give a person-on-the-ground perspective when we can’t be everywhere at once.’’
one weakness of the sites is that the news reports can be inaccurate and the information always need to be verified.
Kelly says she was driving past Orewa Beach when she saw a crowd gathered at the water’s edge on the day a light plane crashed.
‘‘ I looked up news websites on my husband’s iPhone but nothing was on them.
‘‘I logged on to Twitter and instantly I saw reports of people sighting a plane crashing into the water.’’
The Rodney Times hopes to create Facebook and Twitter accounts that Rodney and Hibiscus Coast residents can connect to.
Add us on twitter – www.twitter.com/ @RodneyTimes and on Facebook - www. facebook.com/ rodneytimes.
Online faces: Senior reporter Caralise Moore, right, and sales co-ordinator Kelly Paddison have launched Facebook and Twitter accounts online for the Rodney Times.