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 use:


Click here to visit our twitter page

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.

Our Channels:


Click here to visit our Facebook page

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 consultations.

Our Channels:

Google +

Google Plus

Google+ can be used to inform and engage with them by:

  • breaking news
  • updates
  • promotions
  • links
  • photos

Our Channels:

Linked in

Linked in Logo

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.

Our Channels:

RSS News and Alerts

View our RSS news feed

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 our system.

Our Channels:


Click here to view our YouTube video channel

YouTube is a free online video sharing application.

We use YouTube to share videos about the work we do and events.

Our Channels:



Pinterest is a content sharing service that allows members to ‘pin’ images, videos and other objects to their virtual pinboard.

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 Northumberland.


Please exercise safe surfing guidelines when using the Internet and Facebook.

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.