NEWS RELEASE   9/23/2009

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FOLLOW THE CITY ON TWITTER AND 'CITY SPEAK' BLOG
FLINT, Mich. -- Mayor Dayne Walling announced today he'll begin using the social networking tool Twitter to send out brief daily updates to the public.

The City also has a new blog, "City Speak," authored by City spokeswoman Dawn Jones.

The forays into the World Wide Web are part of Walling's pledge to be more transparent to the public. Jones announced the mayor also will hold weekly media briefings at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Under the username mayorwalling, the mayor can send instant messages (also known as "tweets") of up to 250 characters from his Blackberry to people who subscribe to his account (known as followers).

www.cityofflint.com for more information

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