Social Media Statement
Social media is fun! And useful! And it scares the bejeezus out of a lot of folks in government and business at all levels, mostly becuase of the complete lack of control they have over content and context. Let's face it: Once we (either as an organization or a private individual) put something online, we pretty much give up control of that information. Sure, we can change it on our own site or remove it all together, but it's still out there, cached in search engines, stored in the Wayback Machine, shared on dozens of social sites, and available in a thousand other ways.
We (the Bayfield County website team) are jumping into the deep end of social medai so that we can do an even better job of sharing information with you and listening to your feedback. To make this work, though, we all need to follow a couple easy (common-sense-like) rules:
- Be mature -- We don't care if you're six or one-hundred-six: We're interested in what you have to say and will listen with an open mind. We're not, however, intersted in trolls, flame-baiting, name-calling and other Internet detritus.People who repeatedly cause problems will be shown the door.
- Don't be mean -- Your right to spout off (and please, by all means, spout off!) ends right where you begin to hurt someone else. Put a different way, say what you will about the topic of your choice, but we reserve the right to edit content (including deleting entire posts) that contain offensive and/or abusive content (generally racist, sexist, and obscene, but it's our perogative).
- Decide for yourself -- If you choose to use one of these social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, etc.), you generally need to agree to some kind of terms of service. Your agreement is soley with that service provider. Bayfield County doesn't have anything to do with that agreement or providing the service.
See? That was easy and totally non-sinister-Big-Brotherly (We cut Big Brother out of the budget a few years back; What a primma-donna headache!).