COLUMBIA — First thing in the morning, Renee Graham checks Facebook. It's part of her job.
As the city's public communications officer, Graham is the administrator of the new City of Columbia, Missouri Fan Page on Facebook. Several times a day she posts information about events, weather advisories, volunteer opportunities and anything else related to the city. She updates the page regularly.
"We really want this to be a tool for two-way communication," Graham said. Residents who click "like" are encouraged to interact with the page and leave comments or ask questions.
Since the Aug. 26 launch, comments have offered mainly positive feedback for the city as well as information regarding upcoming events and meetings. By Friday afternoon, the page had recorded 493 likes in its first week.
Other organizations in Columbia already have fan pages on Facebook, but they are directed to more specific groups, said Toni Messina, director of public communications for the city. The new page will cover general information about the city and will be updated by Messina's department.
"This is all about connecting, informing and engaging people," Messina said.