We all like to keep up with the news, and in this increasingly “social” world, we’re told that we will now find the news we ourselves want to know about rather than the news the main stream media (msm) wants to share with us.
To that end, in the past few weeks, I’ve found that KildareStreet.com is giving me a lot of information that is specifically of interest to me – and more particularly, is giving me information that isn’t being covered in the msm.
In case you’re not familiar with it, KildareStreet.com is a non-partisan website which aims to make it easy for people to keep tabs on their elected representatives in the Houses of the Oireachtas.
While the most of the information presented was always available on the Oireachtas.ie website, the tools and functionality of KildareStreet.com makes the information a whole lot more accessible.
Say you’re interested in finding out the utterances of Beverley Flynn, whenever she makes them, because she’s your local TD. Use the search functionality for “Beverley Flynn” and get a listing of any time she’s mentioned in proceedings.
The even better aspect of KildareStreet.com is now visible with your search results – the ability to sign up for an e-mail alert (or an RSS feed for your blog reader) so that you’ll be automatically notified whenever she says anything, or is referred to, in the Dail or Seanad.
And it’s not just keeping track of people. So, say I want to find out whats being said about the Consumers Association of Ireland, or the National Consumer Agency in the Dail – two simple searches to which I now subscribe through the RSS feed functionality.
This is a powerful tool to allow ordinary citizens keep up with what’s happening within the “Halls of Power” and I encourage you to go in and start keeping track of your local representatives, or of topics in which you’re interested, and get that information sent straight to you rather than depending on the msm to decide that what you think is important is important to them.