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Govt depts go online, share info on Weibo (2)

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

17:45, November 18, 2011

And various government departments having separate Weibo accounts made it difficult for the public to get a whole picture of what the government was doing, she said.

"I once used my friend's Weibo to scan information online. I laughed after watching something interesting and also focused on something serious," Wang said. "But I found government information was hard to find if one didn't know the exact names of the departments or their Weibo accounts."

With that experience, Wang, as one of the six spokespersons who have opened their Weibo accounts, spent almost half a year communicating with relevant departments and pushed the official Weibo information room into existence.

Du Shaozhong, deputy head of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, also the first spokesman in the city to have used Weibo to talk with the public, said he could bear netizens' criticism.

"Public doubts and criticism are helpful for the departments to improve their work," Du said, adding officials should not be unnecessarily afraid of getting negative comments online.

Zhu Lijia, a professor of political studies with the Chinese Academy of Governance, said a Weibo information room was a convenient e-governmental platform that got information from many administrative departments together.

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