In addition to this website, we use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate and interact with local residents.
Social networking on the internet is a way of using your computer to talk to people, share pictures and join groups.
Facebook is a free social networking website. Users can join networks organised by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. You can use it to share thoughts, internet links, photographs and videos with your friends, as well as create 'events' to invite people to attend. Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Facebook every day to keep in touch with people or interact by sharing favoured web content with others.
Once you've signed up to Facebook, you control who you accept as 'friends' and can control the privacy settings on everything you post to make sure only those you allow to see your posts can access them.
Organisations, companies or causes can have their own Facebook 'page' that users can select to 'like'. If you choose to do this, it means that information and updates put on Facebook by that organisation will appear in your 'news feed' alongside posts from your friends and colleagues.
Rochdale Borough Council has its own Facebook page that you can subscribe to. It's a handy way to find out about news and events through a channel you might visit more often than this website.
We may also create other pages on Facebook from time to time - for example, to promote events like the Feel Good Festival or marketing campaigns. Where you see the 'Follow us on Facebook' logo on this website, click to visit our relevant Facebook page.
Twitter is a social networking service that enables users to send short messages, called 'tweets', and read those from other users. You can post messages from the website, from an application on your mobile phone, from a third party piece of software (such as Tweetdeck), or by sending text messages from your mobile phone (at the standard text message charge).
You can view messages from people or organisations that you have chosen to 'follow' in the same way - including choosing whose updates you want to receive to your mobile phone.
Rochdale Borough Council uses Twitter to provide updates and links to our latest news, events, consultations, job vacancies and other information. We will also publish urgent messages through Twitter as well as through this website and other methods, where appropriate.
You don't need to register with Twitter to view our updates, but if you do register you'll be able to create your own 'feed' of tweets from people and organisations you're interested in. By registering, you'll also be able to let other people 'follow' your updates and send public and private messages to other users.
You can also talk informally to us on Twitter. Tell us about living, working or visiting the borough or let us know what you think of the information we are tweeting about. Messages you 'tweet' to us are read by a human and if you raise a genuine concern, we'll do our best to direct you to the best person to help you.
If you would like to send us a message on Twitter, start your tweet with @rochdalecouncil. This will send a public message to us.
If you would like to send a private message, called Direct Message, use the message option in the right hand column of our profile or use the Direct Message option in your chosen Twitter application.
This is an alternative to the main Twitter website and provides the same service but with optimisation for people with disabilities.
Once you have registered your account with Twitter you can use your username and password to sign in to this version.