Stockton Council is increasingly looking to interact with audiences in new and innovative ways - via sites and services where people come together to interact and collaborate.
This website forms the bedrock of the council's mission to make information available to a wide range of audience groups digitally. In recent months the council has also started to engage on a range of 'social media' platforms.
Corporate social media accounts
Twitter is a microblogging site that allows users to communicate using 140-character-long messages or 'tweets'. Users can register and follow other users on the service (if they choose) or simply browse any public profiles. Users can also send public or private messages to other users on the service using the @ character followed by a username. The use of hash tags (eg. #stockton) allows users to categorise their tweets and also search for topical updates based around keywords in real-time. Re-tweeting something that someone else has written allows topics to gain popularity through weight of numbers (eg. RT @stocktoncouncil Have you downloaded the SIRF programme yet?).
Facebook is a social networking site that allows users to create a profile page that may include text, photos, audio and video or other interactive elements (eg. an event calendar or game).
Users can make a 'friend request' to profiles of interest. If the request is approved the user gets to see 'posts' made by their friend and can comment on anything that appears on their friend's 'wall' page.
The 'wall' presents updates and comments in time stamped order.
YouTube channels allow users to host streaming audio and video content and for anyone to comment and rate uploaded content.
Flickr is a photo sharing website. We maintain a Stockton Council account and also administer a communal Stockton-on-Tees group where we welcome users' submissions of photos taken anywhere across the Borough.
Campaign social media accounts
Stockton International Riverside Festival