Thursday, December 23, 2010

Four Social Media Sites Open to Employees Jan. 3 - Mn/DOT

“Four social media sites open to employees Jan. 3
Employees will have access to four social media sites starting Jan. 3—Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Linkedin. These sites will no longer be blocked by filters, which means employees will be able to access them from work computers.
“This move opens up possibilities for innovation, community involvement and collaboration that we have only begun to imagine,” said Nick Thompson, Policy Analysis, Research & Innovation director.
There also are opportunities in social media beyond personal communications, according to Bob Filipczak, social media coordinator.
“Social media can open up opportunities for employees to expand their professional network and reach out to a larger community,” Filipczak said. “For example, other state DOTs have Facebook pages that employees can follow and learn from. Professional networks on Linkedin can give employees an easy way to establish ongoing connections with peers across the country.”
A social media policy is currently in place, as well as expectations and advice about using the sites. This information will be located on the iHUB in the coming weeks.”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Error Caused Delayed Response to Texas Fire

Error Caused Delayed Response to Texas Fire

Katrina Webber, KSAT 12 News Reporter - Story by Posted: Tue, 12/07/2010 - 05:09am
Updated: Tue, 12/07/2010 - 05:12am
A fire department mix-up delayed the arrival of firefighters at an early morning house fire on San Antonio's southeast side Monday, according to a fire department spokeswoman.

Melissa Sparks said dispatchers received the first 911 call about the fire shortly before 5 a.m.

However, she said a computer system that displays the addresses where calls are originating simply showed it was in the 100 block of Day. She said it did not distinguish whether that meant Day Road or Day Street.

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