Thursday, January 26, 2012

Local governments on Google Plus

Even though most of the social networking still happens on Facebook, I personally prefer the much cleaner and more professional looking Google Plus by far. So naturally I also tried if there are any of the local governments - municipalities, TAO or PAO - who are using Google Plus as well, or at least have registered there. Sadly, most have just registered there (and many as a person and not as a page, the way Google intended it), but below is a table of those I have found so far.
  • Sao Thong Hin municipality (เทศบาลตำบลเสาธงหิน), Nonthaburi - a few flood photos from November last year are the only activity.
  • Bang Muang municipality (เทศบาลตำบลบางม่วง), Nonthaburi. Only activity so far was the upload of their emblem as the user picture.
  • Chanthanimit town (เทศบาลเมืองจันทนิมิต), Chanthaburi - no activity at all.
  • Nong Bua Sala TAO (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลหนองบัวศาลา), Nakhon Ratchasima - several post in October last year, but nothing since then.
  • Doi Saket municipality (เทศบาลตำบลดอยสะเก็ด), Chiang Mai - only uploaded emblem and a sketch map.
  • Thung Hua Chang municipality (เทศบาลตำบลทุ่งหัวช้าง), Lamphun - only two photos uploaded so far.
  • Ngao municipality (เทศบาลตําบลหงาวหงาว), Chiang Rai - only the emblem.
  • Mae Sariang municipality (เทศบาลตำบลแม่สะเรียง), Mae Hong Son - no activity at all.
  • Bang Bai Mai TAO (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลบางใบไม้), Surat Thani - no activity yet, at least they choose correctly to create a page and not a user profile.
  • Wang Mai municipality (เทศบาลตำบลวังใหม่), Chumphon - the only one really continually active, and correctly set up as a page as well.
  • Pa Bon municipality (เทศบาลตำบลป่าบอน), Phatthalung - only emblem.
  • Thung Hong municipality (เทศบาลตำบลทุ่งโฮ้ง), Phrae - only emblem.
The list might be incomplete, but there are for sure only very few of the 7000+ thousand local governments registered at all, only so far only one real active.

 Though Twitter is not exactly a social networking site, I have collected the few who have found their way there in a user list which can be easily followed as well - but not surprisingly there is very few activity, of all those who created an account on Twitter only few have actually used it for more than a short testing period. Currently active are only the municipalities Mueang Phon in Khon Kaen and Nong Khai. Whenever I discover a new Twitter account I will of course add it to that list, so anyone interested can just subscribe the list.

 Additionally, I also add all these links into my XML as well, which can then look like this

      <socialweb>
        <facebook>http://www.facebook.com/bangkoknoi</facebook>
        <twitter>BangkoknoiDist</twitter>
        <blog>http://bangkoknoidist.blogspot.com/</blog>
      </socialweb>

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bang Muang municipality and Bang Muang TAO are not the same unit; the latter has been upgraded to Ban Bang Muang Municipality since last year.

Andreas Hörstemeier said...

Good I have readers who spot it whenever I write nonsense. I missed the small added "Ban" in the list from DOLA, and since the upgrade and rename wasn't yet announced in the Royal Gazette I didn't add it correctly to the XML. Those local government units with the same or very similar name located right next to each other are really confusing... So it was Ban Bang Muang which hasn't yet updated their website since the upgrade on September 30, the correct website link would have been bangmoung.com. I have removed the wrong sentence from the article now.