Archive for February 8th, 2011

Social Media and State Parks

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Social media allows state park enthusiasts to keep connected with their favorite natural hangouts. Bryan Frazier, our State park Guide, says visitor can stay in touch with parks and activities in real time.

65—We have some 40 state parks that have Facebook pages. There’s so many ways for people to stay connected. With our tag line of: Everything you Love about Texas…now you can just get more of it.

And so you say things are happening real time, What kinds of things would matter real time.

Park events. Rare bird sightings. From Titter, from Facebook…you know, you can get that information in such a fast amount of time that you can actually do a spontaneous trip that coincides with these activities or events and things that you want at that particular moment. And it’s making it to where people can stay up to date on the things that they care about.

And so would this also be a place for somebody to plan a trip if they’d never been there to get a sense of the park?

It’s a great opportunity to do that, and the park is very good at posting that relevant information. And what we’re finding is, it’s a portal to not just plan the trip, but find out all kinds of information—maybe things you didn’t know were there, that once you get there, it’s not a total surprise. It’s a better trip; it’s something you can really do in advance so that your park experience is that much better.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.