Lars Larson on Social Networking

Let’s talk about social networking and whether or not it’s an essential product of government.

I heard about the Social Network Coordinator last week. Multnomah County is planning to spend between $60,000 and $70,000 in salary, as well as benefits, just to hire somebody to be Multnomah County’s Social Networking Coordinator.

Multnomah County says it’s important to communicate with all the citizens. I couldn’t agree more, but what government does with Twitter, Facebook and MySpace is to communicate out. I think what is more important is what the citizens say to government.

An awfully lot of the time when the citizens say something to government it is ignored. When the citizens say, “No more taxes or medical marijuana or doctor assisted suicide”, government ignores the message.

That’s what they need to focus on. Not hiring some guy for $70,000 a year to make sure Ted Wheeler’s Facebook is updated, or Jeff Cogen’s Twitter is kept up to date. That doesn’t make any sense and it’s not an essential part of government.

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  • Jessie

    These people are insane.
    What a joke.
    No need for anything like this position.
    None whatsoever.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Ok – we had free soda for prisoners and now this.

    $70k a year for a twitter guy? Come on.

    Ok, so its totally ridiculous, a complete waste of money and something that could be done for one quarter to one half of the salary government pays. Alright that’s nothing new.

    Really the most interesting thing about this is how the left will spin opposition to this expense as either hateful, racist or homophobic.

    I’m waiting.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Uh Oh, wait a second there, I just realized something.

    If the State has to have a guy at taxpayer expense to maintain social networking then that means messing around on Twitter and Face book is a valuable government function right?

    This is odd, because most would see twitter as a leisure activity, however if social networking is important, and government is saying it is by hiring this guy, then surely its important for all. Don’t most get jobs through networking with people?

    So therefore, I think somewhere in there everyone just found a way to expense their broad band connection on their taxes. If twitter is important, then its clearly important for all.

    Hey – that’s a neat little deduction there!

  • Anonymous

    This is an entirely predictable expansion of the government agency full time PR staff, communication director use of public money to bullshit the public, shield themselves from consequences and obscure their adgenda, activities and productivity.

    All the while resisting and obstructing public records requests when the public gets a little too snoopy.

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