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Walsall Council launches 24-hour twitter feed

Walsall Council has launched a 24-hour twitter feed to highlight the day-to-day tasks the authority carries out.

A council spokesman said the authority offered hundreds of services.

He said many went "uncelebrated", so the authority had decided to tweet about some of the jobs staff did to provide a "brief snapshot".

From 0600 GMT the council has been tweeting about a variety of topics including potholes, school crossing patrols and events.

Walsall Council has been using Twitter as a local authority since April 2009.

The spokesman said the council was one of the first 100 local authorities in the world to join Twitter and the first in the West Midlands.

As well as the 24-hour feed from the council different departments are also tweeting for 24 hours including staff from library services, transport and museums.

Tweets so far include: "Steady on the roads this morning. We have more than 100 crossing patrol people helping children get to school."

"Hope these aren't related: Reports of both blocked sewers and 'rats as big as badgers' in Willenhall! The team are investigating."

"A second cockerel early morning noise investigation. This time Pheasey. That's the second today."

The spokesman said the council wanted to use the feed to remind people what they received for their council tax.

He said nobody had been taken off the front line and services had not been disrupted as a result of staff tweeting.

The council will attempt to publish the tweets online once the experiment is completed.

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