TOWN TACKLES TWITTERING — Residents have three new ways to stay informed about town business. Recently, Winthrop opened a town page on Facebook, a Winthrop Twitter account, and a town blog. Michele Karas, the town’s webmaster and information systems director, created the town’s social networking tools and is handling all the writing, which will cover information ranging from advisories about street closings to public meeting notices. “It’s a great way of connecting to the world that everyone seems to be becoming part of, these new networking communities,’’ said Karas, who is also Winthrop’s assistant finance director. An added bonus is that all three involve no cost to the town. Karas said the Facebook posting, Tweeting, and blogging complement the town’s other electronic communication mediums, the municipal website, and the e-mail news advisories it sends to those who sign up. Karas said that within a week of creating the Facebook page, the town had acquired 78 “friends.’’ The town site, www.town.winthrop.ma.us, contains links to Facebook, Twitter, and the town blog. — John Laidler ©
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