Sharing Information through Social Media
When we published our first Open Government Plan in April 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) embraced a Flagship Initiative to enhance our engagement and communication with the public and other agency stakeholders. The use of social media was one key aspect of that initiative. Social media enables the NRC to reach a broader audience and to better engage, inform and educate the public — in real-time, through multiple channels. For information about our social media tools, please see the following topics on this page:
- NRC Blog
- NRC Twitter Feed
- NRC YouTube Channel
- NRC Facebook Page
- NRC Flickr Photostream
- NRC RSS Feeds
We use WordPress® to publish the NRC Blog. The NRC blog helps us inform, explain, and clarify the actions, roles, and responsibilities of our agency, and raise awareness about our mission. It also enables the public to share ideas with us in a moderated forum. Since the blog debuted on January 31, 2011, we’ve continued to engage the public by publishing regular posts on topics ranging from the NRC’s role in international nuclear affairs to new ways to find information on our public website.
We’re delighted that our blog is attracting thousands who want to know more about the NRC! The public can use the blog to —
The NRC blog can also be accessed using mobile devices (such as smart phones) by entering the site address (http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/) in the device’s web browser.
NRC Twitter Feed
|The NRC Twitter Feed is a channel for announcements about press releases, blog posts, meeting notices, Federal Register notices, speeches, reports, and other real-time snippets of information that may be retweeted by followers.|
NRC YouTube Channel
|The NRC YouTube Channel enables us to publish existing and newly created videos that feature brief topics of interest to inform and educate the public. We post small segments of some important Commission briefings, videos previously produced but not extensively distributed and new content. We hope the videos enhance the public's understanding of the agency and its mission, and give a face to the people who work hard every day to protect people and the environment. We don't take comments on YouTube, but there is a YouTube Comments category on the NRC Blog for feedback on our videos.|
NRC Facebook Page
|We use Facebook to share information with the public and to encourage dialogue related to our agency's mission. With Facebook, we are highlighting information posted to our other social media sites and our website, which can then be shared, commented upon, or liked by other Facebook users. Our use of this platform further supports our goals of increased openness and transparency.|
NRC Flickr Photostream
The NRC Flickr Photostream enables us to share new and historical photos and graphics to raise awareness of the agency’s activities. It allows the public to easily browse, view and download images. With Flickr, we can organize NRC photos into albums, which can then be viewed as a slideshow. These albums are a group of photos categorized under a single heading –such as operating power reactors. Flickr has an RSS Feed option that can notify subscribers when we upload new photos or graphics.
We are also a part of the Official US Government Photostreams, a group comprised of official U.S. federal, state and local government image banks on Flickr.
NRC RSS Feeds
|RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to keep up with news and information. The NRC RSS Feeds contain headlines, summaries, and links to information on our website. Specific feeds provide easy access to NRC news releases, daily event reports, power reactor status reports, and other topics of interest.|