"The Department hopes to broaden its reach to the public by staying abreast of changes in information technology and this will complement the traditional methods of informing the public of important changes with Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure." -- RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it has established a presence on popular Web-based social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger. These sites will allow for wider dissemination of news releases, traffic alerts and other important messages to motorists.

These Web sites are popular among younger drivers who favor the Internet over traditional forms of media such as television, radio and newspapers for news and information. However, they are becoming increasingly popular among all users of the Internet. Government agencies, including several other state transportation departments, are using new media such as social networking sites to enhance their efforts to provide information to the public.

These sites function differently than standard Web pages and feature the consolidation of different information sources onto one page, often with information "pushed" to them. The sites generally require individuals to register and select sources they wish to "follow" with updates flowing to their social networking pages automatically.

"We hope this new initiative will provide another venue so that we can better serve the motoring public," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "The Department hopes to broaden its reach to the public by staying abreast of changes in information technology and this will complement the traditional methods of informing the public of important changes with Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure."


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