Did you hear about the Philadelphia councilman, the politically connected PR guy, and the social media firm?
It’s no joke—although the story is hilarious.
Jim Kenney, a councilman in Philadelphia, is reportedly paying $28,000 in taxpayer money to a firm called ChatterBlast to handle his social media strategy.
According to Philly.com—which has this entertaining story—ChatterBlast “monitors his Twitter and Facebook pages.” So why can’t Kenney tweet? He told Philly.com:
“I, at 53 years old, do not have that facility. So I need consultant advice to communicate with a group of folks who are not necessarily in my age group.”
This gets better. Kenney, who has the highest payroll of any Philly city council person, pays $30,000 to a politically connected PR guy named Martin O’Rourke, reports Philly.com.
Naturally, the reporters in Philadelphia asked O’Rourke why he isn’t handling Kenney’s Twitter account. O’Rourke’s response:
“I have no clue how to tweet; I still don’t understand the mechanics of it. It’s a thing of the future.”
That’s the social media quote of the year (so far).
Read the full story at Philly.com.
Philadelphia, by the way, ranked ninth on a recent list of the most social media savvy City Halls—thanks, no doubt, to the tireless work of
Councilman Kennedy ChatterBlast.