Technology, Management and Budget
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Agency: Technology, Management & Budget
June 29, 2020
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Michigan Social Media Day to recognize social media’s increasing impact on society.
“Social media provides individuals, government, business, and education the ability to communicate openly and directly with one another,” said Whitmer (@GovWhitmer). “Using social media as a tool for good, to listen, and engage in meaningful conversation, we can create vibrant online communities where people feel welcomed and accepted. I encourage everyone to engage in meaningful positive conversations, online and in person. By embracing civility, respecting and listening to one another, especially during difficult conversations, we can achieve anything.”
This year on Michigan Social Media Day and every day, the state of Michigan is encouraging Michiganders and all social media users to utilize this ever-emerging medium as a positive tool for good.
“Social media plays an important role for millions of Michiganders in staying connected,” said Brom Stibitz, state of Michigan chief information officer. “The recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have proven the power of social media and its ability to provide the public with real-time updates and information and allow citizens an avenue for two-way communication with their government like never before.”
Those interested in celebrating Michigan Social Media Day can participate in numerous digital activities this week.
June 30 marks the 11th global celebration of Social Media Day and the eighth statewide celebration of Michigan Social Media Day. As the third state in the U.S. to recognize Social Media Day in 2012, Michigan government has long embraced the use of social media to extend traditional channels of constituent engagement.
The state uses technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Medium, Pinterest, video live streaming, and audio podcasts to create a more accessible and participatory government. Recognized as a top digital state in 2019 for overall government experience, social media plays in an important role in advancing the state’s Citizen-Centric Government strategy.
The state of Michigan has over 600 active social media accounts on 11 platforms, which reach over 5.8 million followers. For more information on the state’s use of social media, to search an online directory of accounts, and learn about Michigan Social Media Day, visit www.Michigan.gov/SocialMedia.