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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.’’

Caralise

says

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.

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