Plug in, tweet and be heard

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By Meaghan Downs

Can you tell me how we can improve Anderson County in 140 characters or less?
Now you can.
Some authors wrote entire novels based on exposure on Twitter.
Others, like the president, have even held town hall meetings by responding to questions via tweet.
The Anderson News isn’t looking to write the next Great American novel, or throw a hat into the presidential ring.
We’re simply offering another chance for readers to become an integral part of the news making process — a few hashtags and sentences at a time.
For me and many other Anderson County residents, cell phones have become as essential in our daily lives as breathing.
It’s the necessary lifeline to friends. Family. Work. The world.
Your phone sleeps peacefully by your side at night, resting on nightstand.
It’s a constant companion during the day, tucked away in either a bag or pocket, ready to come to the rescue at a moment’s notice.
The Anderson News’ rebooted Twitter account should also be a one-stop shop for readers who want to keep their finger on the pulse of news affecting Anderson County.
And don’t just take my word for it. About 34 percent of cell phone users reported getting their daily news fix from the screens of their cell phones, and that number keeps growing every day.
According to the Pew Research Center, which conducted a 2012 study on the State of the Media, “Mobile devices are adding to people’s news consumption, strengthening the lure of traditional news brands and providing a boost to long-form journalism.”
Likewise, we want to give readers a chance to weigh in and discuss Lawrenceburg happenings, from the mundane to the unusual to the extraordinary.
As the reporter focused on education and city government, I know I’ll be letting our readers know the result of important budgetary votes as soon as they happen. I’ll provide links about national and state education issues that affect your children.
And everything else in between.
Need an update on severe weather?
Don’t want to wait for the result of a crucial ordinance vote?
Have an important news tip?
Need an update on the dates and time for a community event?
Let the Anderson News’ Twitter feed become a part of your daily online routine.
Check voicemails.
Reply to text messages.
And get caught up on the breaking news that happens between each Wednesday print edition.
The Anderson News is the only media source in the area that provides accurate and hyper local coverage for Anderson County readers, who also deserve up-to-date and fresh information available in the palm of their hands.
If Twitter could help start a revolution in Iran, then it can certainly be another place for us to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly about Anderson County.

Follow staff writer Meaghan Downs on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/ANewsMDowns.