Potential Use of Social Media in the NEPA Process

NCHRP 25-25/80

Interactive Tools Matrix

Collage of Social Networking Products

Social Networking

Twitter

The social media network based on 140-character micro-blog posts. Users post short updates that can be seen by anyone, even if they are not logged into the site. Posts can only include text and links; any multimedia content (photos, video, audio) must be linked to. The people who follow you will see your updates in their timeline when they log in. www.twitter.com

Features: P; CI; AC; SCP; GL; MC; MB; PN; MRE
Benefits: Immediacy of information, linking various posts about the same topic together via hashtags, one-way following ability, media relations enhancer
Enhances or enhanced by: Facebook, Vine, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Pinterest, Hootsuite, Blog sites
Potential NEPA Application: Interactive discussion with a broad range of stakeholders during the study process; ability to provide project information and updates and receive real-time feedback from users.
Notes: Although Twitter allows 140 characters, use a maximum of 120 characters for original posts to allow space for followers to retweet with some comments.