“A local administrator from a small town in Kenya is making a huge impact through social media.” That’s how @ChiefKariuki was introduced at the annual Google Ideas conference in the US late last week.
The Lanet Umoja administrative chief gave a simple yet practical presentation of how he has been using Twitter to send and receive alerts and messages to residents of the location.
“There was a time when bees attacked school children and the teachers called me. I sent a tweet asking parents to come with blankets to cover the kids. Within a few minutes, the parents came and all the kids were rescued except one who succumbed to the bee attack,” explained Chief Kariuki.
The Chief, who has over 26,000 followers on Twitter, was looking for an easier way to communicate with Lanet residents.
“I looked at how Twitter works and how I could reach over 28,000 people living in Lanet Umoja easier and cheaper way. The Twitter to text service by one of the networks provided an easy way to reach people who do not have smart phones,” explained Chief Kariuki.
(via Chief Kariuki’s Twitter community policing takes global stage | Capital Business)