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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 28, 2009CONTACT Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has posted its first “tweets” to Twitter. The latest one: “Nebraska Has 3rd H1N1 Death—Level of Flu Activity up to regional…” The current H1N1 flu situation has heightened the need to quickly communicate important health information to the public and DHHS employees. Twitter is one vehicle that DHHS is using to fill that need. This pilot project will help determine how Twitter might be used in the future, and how the Department might use other types of social media. What is Twitter? It’s a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables DHHS to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the DHHS profile page and delivered to followers interested in following DHHS information. Follow DHHS at http://twitter.com/NebraskaDHHS .