You hear about social networking all over the place: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, blogging. Your kids are doing it. Your neighbors are doing it. Maybe your parents are doing it.
But now even public agencies are discovering the benefits of the social networking craze to not only gather and disseminate information, but to help build trust among citizens who’ve become all too cynical in the face of government failures.
Twitter founders Biz Stone, left, and Evan Williams pose for a photo at their office in San Francisco, Jan. 29, 2009. Twitter Inc. revolves around riffing in messages limited to 140 keystrokes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu