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5 Government Social Media Accounts to Be Thankful For

Some public-sector agencies are getting good — and very funny — on Twitter. From states and cities to special districts and public safety, here's a nonexhaustive look at a few of our favorites.

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Government social media has come a long way. Twitter in particular — recent tumult amid Elon Musk’s takeover aside — has become a critical tool for state and local agencies to connect with residents, especially to disseminate information during emergencies like hurricanes and wildfires.

But there’s been another trend of late that Government Technology's editors have noticed: Some public agencies are getting good — really good — at Twitter. They not only communicate that essential information to followers, but they get in on memes, connect their own content to seemingly unrelated trending topics and they’re just, well, funny.

So in advance of the long holiday weekend — and so as many of our readers as possible get to appreciate the work public-sector agencies are doing on Twitter before it potentially disappears (as of the time of this writing, rumors of the site’s demise have lessened, but we’re not taking bets either) — here’s a roundup of just a few of the government social media accounts we’re thankful for.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION (@OKWildlifeDept)


From espousing the wonders of gar with Gar Week to trying to lure people out of line for Taylor Swift tour tickets, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) has found the perfect mix of information and humor.



And Oklahoma DWC isn’t the only state wildlife agency killing the game (pardon the pun). Check out Georgia, Colorado, Utah and North Carolina’s offerings, to name just a few.



NORTHEAST OHIO REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT (@NEORSD)


The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has long been a GT Twitter favorite, having gained a national following for its unique blend of sewer humor, community engagement and helpful info (just say no to flushable wipes!).



NEW JERSEY (@NJGov)


An official state account on Twitter has a lot on its shoulders, but @NJGov is up to the task of both keeping followers apprised of government business and maintaining a healthy rivalry with neighboring Delaware.



AUBURN, WASH. (@auburn_wa)


Outside Tacoma, Auburn, Wash., is home to about 85,000 residents and an excellent Twitter account, especially considering its small size. We’re particular fans of its interactions with its neighbor, Kent (@cityofkent).



Honorable mention goes to another local Washington state account, the Gig Harbor Police (@GigHarborPolice), who along with posting reminders to lock vehicles and notifications of area vehicle crashes also gets in on the Twitter game:



U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (@USCPSC)


While GT is generally in the business of covering state and local government, we’d be remiss to omit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from this list. The federal agency that keeps us apprised of safety alerts and product recalls is a perennially fun Twitter follow, and Thanksgiving is really its time to shine as is reminds Americans of the hazards of house fires when everyone is cooking turkeys.


Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.