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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:23 pm | Updated: 1:00 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Queen Creek is coming to a social media Web site near you.

The town is getting ready to launch pages on social networking site Facebook, an account on microblogging site Twitter and a page on photo-sharing site Flickr the next few weeks, among other things.

Queen Creek is coming to a social media Web site near you.

The town is getting ready to launch pages on social networking site Facebook, an account on microblogging site Twitter and a page on photo-sharing site Flickr the next few weeks, among other things.

The town has traditionally reached out to and communicated with residents at in-person community events, said town spokeswoman Marnie Schubert. Moving online is an attempt to reach residents where they are.

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"We have a young demographic in Queen Creek. We have a lot of young families," Schubert said. "They have blogs, they're on Facebook ... this is where they are."

Town Facebook pages will probably be one of the first things to roll out. Town staff is planning several pages for Facebook, including pages for public safety, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre and Parks and Recreation events.

Twitter, a Web site that lets users blog a couple sentences at a time and then lets others sign up to receive those short posts, likely will be used to send out things like road closure information, major Town Council decisions and information on registering for events, Schubert said.

The town expects to look at text messaging information as well. That will probably let residents sign up to receive news about specific categories, like traffic alerts, Schubert said.

Queen Creek isn't the first local city to use social networking - Chandler, Mesa and a few Scottsdale public safety departments have all used Twitter to some extent. The Tribune also uses Twitter - under the name evtrib - to send news alerts throughout the day.

It's a new enough practice that Queen Creek is trying to answer some legal questions before getting on the site. Since everything the town creates for these sites would become public records people could request, the town is trying to figure out issues such as whether the archives of its Facebook wall postings will be available if someone requests them 15 years from now, Schubert said.

"There's a lot of laws about record retention, but none of them address social media," Schubert said.

Still, Queen Creek plans to be active on at least Twitter, Facebook and Flickr in the next few weeks. They will let residents know when accounts are available through the town's Web site, e-mail and traditional media, Schubert said.

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