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City of Bainbridge Island embraces social media

Bainbridge Island may be among a younger generation of cities, but it has been slow to engage modern communication such as blogs and social media.

Until now.

The city of Bainbridge Island now as a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

"We are utilizing this resource as another tool for keep citizens informed of their government's activities," said City Manager Doug Schulze in his weekly newsletter announcing the move to social media.

"At this time, we will use Facebook as a way to share primarily information that already exists on our website, so you will see a lot of links to content on our site," he said.

Schulze also noted that the city has plans to remodel its website over the next six months.

The city also instituted "Council Member Views" over the past year as a place on its website for council members to blog about current issues and topics that cross the dais. That outreach effort, however, has been rarely used; five of seven council members have not used it since its inception.

The city's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/citybainbridgeisland.

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