Social Media in the Senate

Sen. Jill Tokuda | Photo by Ed Morita

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports on efforts in the Hawaii State Senate to improve communications and transparency through social media.

Featured is Cassandra Harris (@CassandraHarris), who last year conducted a study of social media use within the City & County of Honolulu, and who is now the “social media specialist” for the Senate.

Harris says:

“The Millennial Generation created social media. The post-millennial generation is the one that’s going to grow up with social media, whatever form that takes. In order to connect with those individuals, it’s going to be essential to be on the same media that they are.”

Also mentioned are Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, Sen. Jill Tokuda (who hosted a “Twitter Town Hall” earlier this year), and Sen. Rosalyn Baker. On the other side of the Capitol, and of the issue, is House Hawaiian Affairs Chairwoman Rep. Faye Hanohano. She says:

“For me, I’d rather not change the way I do business. I have no need for all the higher technology, like the Twitter and the Facebook.”

Read the whole piece by Chris Mikesell here.

Ryan Ozawa

Ryan Kawailani Ozawa has immersed himself in new technologies and online communities since the days before the web. From running a dial-up BBS in the early '90s to exploring today’s dynamic world of "Web 2.0" and social media, he has long embraced and evangelized the ways in which technology can bring people together.