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According to a survey released on Monday, Chicago ranked 17th out of 75 major cities in its social-media knowledge.
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - The city government received positive remarks for its open data portals, use of social media to increase tourism, and mayoral and city clerk accounts on major social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The University of Illinois performed a study that ranked cities based on their online activity, accessibility, and online info on budgets, issues, and city meetings. The results showed Chicago raising its social media use to give city police the ability to send alerts, as well as the Chicago Public Library's ability to reach customers.
The final report showed that local governments around the nation are becoming more open to social media.
In 2009, only 25 percent used Twitter, 13 percent used Facebook, and 16 percent used YouTube.
Today, out of the 75 cities studied, 87 percent used Twitter, 87 percent used Facebook, and 75 percent used YouTube.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.