In the Spanish town of Jun, near Granada, Mayor José Antonio Rodríguez (@JoseantonioJun) makes local government more accessible and more accountable to its citizens through the use of Twitter.
Mayor José Antonio Rodríguez of Jun, Spain. Photo credit: @JoseantonioJun
All public offices and employees are required to have an official Twitter account, which is prominently displayed on everything from police cars and uniforms to garbage trucks.
Os dejo con #FotillodelDia para celebrar #TalkingAboutTwitter y la imagen coche patrulla @PoliciaJun con @TATGranada pic.twitter.com/Cy1SuVFjyt— Alcalde de Jun ( @JoseantonioJun) May 17, 2013
Official Twitter accounts are prominently displayed for example on police cars and official uniforms pic.twitter.com/EWlfHIilVV— Tony Wang ( @TonyW) June 21, 2013
Power to the people (who Tweet)
Because of this unprecedented Twitter integration into city governance, we have seen some great stories of what a “Twitter town square” can look like:
Twitter at the Alhambra
In partnership with Jun, the news organization Ideal Granada (@ideal_granada) organized the Talking About Twitter conference, held at the Alhambra, an UNESCO World Heritage site and the most popular tourist attraction in Spain.
The aim of the event was to discuss adoption and integration of Twitter in innovative ways, as exemplified by Jun.
Invited to open the event was our own Tony Wang (@TonyW), who is the General Manager of Twitter UK and helping build out our operations in Europe.
Tony and Mayor Rodríguez at “Talking about Twitter”. Photo credit: @TonyW
For the first time in its history, the amber lights of the Alhambra shone blue as the Twitter bird was projected onto one of its majestic walls.
#TATAlhambra Para todos los twitteros ,Menudo huevo nos pone Nuestro pajaro azul en lo más alto de la Torre la Vela.. pic.twitter.com/tFdG9f7RNd— busca-arte.com ( @Busca_arte) June 21, 2013
Esperando a @TonyW @VillafrancaM @DirectordeIDEAL en Mirador de S. Nicolás para seguir #TATGranada con #TATAlhambra pic.twitter.com/AQPVQZNPoc— Alhambra ( @alhambracultura) June 20, 2013
Creo que esta es la mejor foto #TATAlhambra ,de #TATGranada que he visto… Impresionante!! @alhambracultura pic.twitter.com/gHWfKuBZLv— Nacho Ambel ( @NachoAmbel) June 21, 2013