Saturday, June 6, 2009 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
From the article, "
"I think there are a lot of merits to having a public conversation," says Rachel Weidinger, a marketing consultant who lives in San Francisco's Mission District and is an avid Twitterer.
Ms. Weidinger was one of the first users to pose a question to the city through its new Twitter account. How could she get a bike rack for her city block? The city responded quickly with a link to the application for bicycle racks.
"Almost all of us have cellphones, and from anywhere in the city you can [text message] an issue and get a response. That's awesome," she says.
But, she says, she would like to see a more open discussion about issues around the city.
Another Twitterer, Evan Hamilton, shared his complaint. He tweeted: "[M]y tweets disappear into the ether ... nobody else sees them, they don't get reposted. Feels pretty lonely."
By contrast, the power of a site like SeeClickFix lies in building public pressure."
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