Morris County leads NJ counties in its use of Social Media. Announcements go out over both Facebook and Twitter. Videos are on YouTube. Documents are on Scribd. Photos are on Flickr. And, you can subscribe to many of our pages via RSS.
We're easy to find. We use MorrisCountyNJ everywhere as our online address. In fact, you can now reach this website using MorrisCountyNJ.gov!
On this page, you'll learn more about the Social Media we use.
What is it? Facebook is a community. Individuals become friends, sharing information about themselves, what they're doing and their interests. Facebook users can upload photos, videos, send direct emails to other Facebook users, comment on what others have said, play games, support causes, and more. Security can be set so that anyone can see postings, or just friends, or friends of friends. Organizations or groups have "fans" rather than "friends".
What does it look like? Announcements are in the center area called the "wall". Tabs, a familiar navigation technique, include Info (general information including our address, office hours, and various website links); Flickr (Morris County's photo gallery); and Events (meeting announcements).
What can I do there? Morris County Facebook fans can read and comment on County announcements.
How do I sign up? Go to Facebook.com and sign up for an account if you want to become a fan and comment. If you just want to read what's on our page without commenting, go to Facebook.com/MorrisCountyNJ.
What is it? Twitter is a micro-blog. Postings are called "tweets". Each one is limited to 140 characters. Typically postings include links to more information. The benefit of Twitter is that you can quickly scan announcements to find those that are of interest to you. Then you can click the link for more information.
What does it look like? Branded with Morris County's seal, our Twitter page has announcements in the center content area.
What can I do there? With a Twitter account, you can "follow" people or organizations of interest. When you "follow" someone, their tweets (postings) appear on your Twitter page. Basically, it's a way to gather information in one place. [For example, Morris County web developers "follow" other web designers, graphic designers, social media gurus, and several industry magazines. Instead of visiting that many websites each day, we receive their tweets in our Twitter account. If we see an interesting article, we click the link to it. We save a lot of research time using Twitter.]
Tweets can be sent to your phone as text messages (not recommended), or read at Twitter.com. With a Twitter account, you can send interesting tweets to the people who are following you (called "retweeting"). You don't need a twitter account if you only want to read our tweets online. Simply visit Twitter.com/MorrisCountyNJ.
How do I sign up? To get an account of your own, visit Twitter.com and sign up. Then, go to Twitter.com/MorrisCountyNJ and click "Follow". Morris County postings will appear on your Twitter home page.
What is it? A website where you can view videos.
What does it look like? Branded with Morris County's seal, our YouTube channel offers numerous videos about Morris County.
What can I do there? Public Information Office Joe Garifo produces a show twice monthly called "Focus on Morris County". The Park Commission videos include "Sight, Sounds and Seasons". These TV shows are not available on FIOS or Direct TV, so having them on YouTube makes them available to all residents. All videos are © County of Morris NJ. Please email the webmaster for duplication or use permission
How do I sign up? You don't need a YouTube account to view our videos. Just visit YouTube.com/MorrisCountyNJ. If you want to be notified when we put up new videos, you need a YouTube account so you can subscribe to our channel.
What is it? Scribd is an online document library.
What does it look like? Our Morris County library has multiple 'shelves' containing documents related to a particular category. Scribd is also branded with our Morris County seal.
What can I do there? Documents on Scribd can be read in multiple layouts (scroll, book, or slideshow). They can be downloaded, printed, and shared via Twitter, Facebook, email, or other social media tools. Scribd subscribers can comment on documents.
How do I sign up? You don't need an account to read our documents on Scribd. Just visit Scribd.com/MorrisCountyNJ. If you want to share them, comment on them, or be notified when Morris County publishes new documents, you need an account. Visit Scribd.com, then enter your email and a password to sign up.
What is it? Flickr is a still photo gallery site.
What does it look like? Our Morris County photo gallery has multiple 'collections'. Within each collection are sets related to a particular category. Flickr is also branded with our Morris County seal.
What can I do there? Morris County's photo galleries are set up in various collections. Park Commission, Golf, and Ceremonies are our current collections. Within those collections are sets of related photos. All photos © Carol A. Spencer and/or the County of Morris NJ. Please email the webmaster for duplication or use permission
How do I sign up? You don't need an account to view our photographs on Flickr or in our Facebook page. Just visit our Flickr page to see our photo collection. Or, if you're a Facebook user, click the Flickr tab.
What is it? A "feed" is a file containing content published online. It could be content in a web page, or from a social media site like Twitter or Facebook.
What does it look like? The feed is sent somewhere, typically to a reader. Readers all look different and there are many, many readers. Here's one list: http://www.newsonfeeds.com/faq/aggregators. A search of "RSS readers" will return many such lists. Choose a reader you like and subscribe.
What can I do there? Like Twitter, the benefit of RSS is that you don't have to keep checking a website to see what's changed if you can subscribe. You can have all your feeds sent to one place so you can easily pick what you want to read. It's almost like creating your own newspaper each day from those places where you want to grab news or information.
How do I sign up? First, sign up for a reader. Then, look for the orange icon on a page where you're interested in tracking the content. The icon could look like the one we use or it could be an icon with the letters RSS. Click that and choose your reader.
You can also have the information sent directly to your email (often used by the press).