Social media is a general term used to describe lots of different websites that people use to communicate with each other. The most commonly known are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Social Media also allows us to easily share information from other people or organisations, such as Derby City Council, Community Action, OSCAR, DACP and other local and national organisations. We will share updates from these if we think they could be of interest to you.
Derby Homes communicates on Twitter and Facebook. You can see updates of these newsfeed on our news page. www.derbyhomes.org/news/
Why we are on Facebook and Twitter
The advantages are that we can reach people quickly, anytime, wherever they are, at a time that suits them. It also costs nothing and takes us no time at all.
It means we can keep you informed using short updates and you only need to read them if you’re interested. Some things will be relevant for everyone, like changes to our services. Other things may only be interesting if they affect you directly, like Welfare Reform or local issues affecting a certain area of the city.
We aim to make other area of involvement more accessible. For example, we now provide live Twitter coverage of our Operational Board meetings, just in case you want to find out about the key decisions that affect you, as they happen. You can even tweet back to the board and ask them a question!
We are using these sites because we think they give you another way to interact with us. We appreciate it may not be for everybody, which is why we have lots of ways for you to get involved as well.
We will never use Facebook, Twitter or QR codes to ask for payment. Do not send personal details via these methods.
How you can use Social Media to get information about Derby Homes
If you want to use Twitter you will need to create an account. You will need an email address to do this.
Visit www.twitter.com to set up your account.
Once you have signed up, visit www.twitter.com/DerbyHomes and click 'Follow'
If you want to use Facebook, you will need to create an account. You will need an email address to do this.
Visit www.facebook.com to set up your account.
Once you have signed up, visit www.facebook.com/DerbyHomes and click 'Like'
When you view your Feeds, you will be able to see any of our Updates or Tweets. You can also visit our profiles and have a look at what has happened in the past
The links on the right are downloadable guides on how to set up Facebook and Twitter accounts and an explanation of some of the technical terms
Smartphones and QR Codes
If you have a smartphone, you can access the internet. This means you can view our Facebook and Twitter sites form your phone and can keep up to date on the move.
We are starting to use QR (quick response) codes on some of our publications. This unique bar code lets people have instant access to information
You will need a mobile phone, and a QR reader or Scanner. - This is an application that you can download, or software that is already installed on your phone. When you scan the QR code with the phone, it can take you to a webpage.