NYC launches social media, digital project

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces a Digital City plan at New York City Hall on May 16, 2011 live on Livestream and U-Stream for the first time.

May 16, 2011 8:43:28 AM PDT
Officials are launching digital partnerships with companies including Facebook, Tumblr and Foursquare in an effort to update and streamline New York City's social-media presence.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that the city will work with Foursquare to allow visitors and residents to digitally check in when they arrive at public spaces. The city also will reward people with a virtual badge when they check in at enough parks and cultural centers.

Officials also plan to draft the city's Web developers to help revamp the web site.

Bloomberg says the city will hold a weekend-long "hackathon" in which developers and designers will be invited to create prototypes for the site.

The city plans to launch a streamlined Facebook page that will eventually offer resident polls and be linked to 311.