Online Communities and Social Media
also known as: Facebook, RSS feeds, Social media, Twitter, Youtube.
Rather than assume that you will always come to our website, we are now using the most popular social networking websites to keep you informed. More than 26,000 people use our online social media channels to keep up to date on issues like school closures or road conditions. Many also use social media to find out about events and the latest council news as well as job vacancies.
Below is an explanation of the social media channels we
Twitter is a free social networking and
micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other
users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which
are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
We 'tweet' important alerts, public consultations, news
headlines and local events.
Facebook is a free social networking website.
Users can join networks organised by city, workplace, school, and
region to connect and interact with other people.
We use Facebook to raise awareness of campaigns and
Google+ can be used to inform and engage with
- breaking news
Linked in is an online professional network
which links you with colleagues past and present. Users can post
their CVs online and network with individuals and organisations to
find out about job opportunities.
RSS News and Alerts
RSS feeds allow you to stay up to date with all
of our news, local events, school closure, jobs and more.
Simply subscribe to any of our feeds below and you will be
automatically updated within minutes of information being added to
YouTube is a free online video sharing
We use YouTube to share videos about the work we do and
Pinterest is a content sharing service that
allows members to ‘pin’ images, videos and other objects to their
You can browse pinboards created by other people and discover
new things and get inspiration from people who share your
interests. Follow us for events and things to do in
We operate an alerts service through Facebook and Twitter to
keep you informed of:
- school closures
- road conditions
- winter gritting and path clearance
- bin collections
- general service interruptions
Please note that these are automated accounts that will inform
you of every alert. During periods of severe weather this could
mean you will receive a large number of updates each day.
You can find out what’s happening in Northumberland through our
Facebook events page and our Twitter feed. We constantly update the
listings to help you plan your days out and book tickets for
Keep up to speed on the issues that interest you, by viewing the
latest council news stories on Facebook and Twitter. Or you can
find out about consultations and how to make your views known.
If you are looking for a job you can see all the latest council
vacancies posted on Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter and via RSS
Please exercise safe surfing guidelines when using the Internet
The presence of any advertisement on online communities is not
an endorsement of the authenticity or quality of the goods,
services or website and Northumberland County Council will not be
held responsible for any claims arising in that respect.
Rules and guidelines
Most online communities have their own rules and guidelines,
which we will always follow. We reserve the right to remove any
contributions that break the rules or guidelines of the relevant
community, or any of the following:
- Be civil, tasteful and relevant.
- Do not post messages that are unlawful, libellous, harassing,
defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane,
sexually oriented or racially offensive.
- Do not swear.
- Do not post content copied from elsewhere, for which you do not
own the copyright.
- Do not post the same message, or very similar messages, more
than once (also called "spamming").
- Do not publicise your, or anyone else's, personal information,
such as contact details.
- Do not advertise products or services.
- Do not impersonate someone else.
Please take care not to make libellous statements. In law this
means a statement that lowers the reputation of a person or
organisation in the eyes of a reasonable person. By publishing such
a statement we can both get into serious trouble. We will therefore
take down any statement that could be deemed to be libellous.
In the six week run up to an election - local, general or
European - councils have to very careful not to do or say anything
that could seen in any way to support any political party or
candidate. The period is known as purdah. We will continue to
publish important service announcements using social media but may
have to remove responses if they are overtly party political.