The Michigan Municipal League hosted two social media seminars Thursday, June 10, 2010 in Lansing. The classes were attended by dozens of community leaders and we covered everything from Facebook to Foursquare to risk management issues related to social media. Matt Bach, director of communications for the League, talked about how communities can use Facebook to promote events, dispel rumors and change perceptions of their community. Marianna Hayes Chapman of Mississippi-based HALO Business Advisors, talked about a variety of social media outlets and mentioned that foursquare.com will likely be the next hot one. Foursquare is a social media site quickly gaining in popular that communities should be aware of. It's a service that lets you know where your friends are hanging out and offers tips from other users on what to do once you get there.
Another session featured Audrey Forbush, an attorney with the Plunkett and Cooney lawfirm and Gene King, coordinator of the Michigan Municipal League's Law Enforcement Action Forum and of the League’s loss control department. The session explored what an employers should do to establish policy governing the use of social networking sites as it pertains to the reputation and integrity of the organization and to safeguard protected or confidential information. For more information about the Michigan Municipal League and League events and seminars go to mml.org.