Twitter. When it’s good it’s great, but when it’s bad it’s… well… you’ve heard the stories. What you may not have heard, however, is that there’s a town in Spain that uses the social network as its primary form of communication. That’s right, from government announcements to booking appointments to reporting crimes, all 3,500 people in the town of Jun use Twitter to communicate.
If you use Twitter, then you’ll know it’s an interesting, if often frivolous social network. However, did you realize that when managed correctly, it could be used to run a small town? That’s what’s happening in Jun, Spain, where Twitter is the main way the government communicates with the people who live there, and vice versa. Jun is home to 3,500 people, and Twitter is used since September 2011 to spread everything from local news and developments, to job opportunities and the latest school dinner menus by the local government. On the other side, Jun residents will book appointments with doctors, lodge complaints about local services, report crimes, and generally become involved in the local community.