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Social Government is a blog that keeps tabs on the Web and Web 2.0 initiatives of federal government agencies.

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We’re a Year Old

I just wanted to write a quick note to let everyone know that we’re celebrating our first birthday. While I have no special celebrations, toasts, cakes or melodramatic speeches planned, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported this site. Special thanks goes out to our current contributors, Chris Golden and [...]

White House Strives for New Forms of Engagement with State of the Union

When the President addresses Congress tonight on the State of the Union, the American people have one more way they can tune in to listen live. Last week, the White House announced the launch of an application with streaming video for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. The application also features updates from the White House [...]

Microsoft Executive Sees ‘Cloudy’ Future for Government Computing

The future of the Internet is in the cloud, and it has implications for every sector of our society, especially government and business. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion on cloud computing including a keynote address from Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel of Microsoft Corp. Smith unveiled a [...]

Open Government Workshop Brings Promising Ideas

Transparency. Public Participation. Collaboration. They sound great in principle. As models, they are ideals that are worthy and noble to subscribe to. But goals are different than action steps. What we “want” is different from what we “have.” Now consider that the path to getting “there” is not laid out (or funded) and the scene [...]

Social Government Tweets OpenGov Working Series

Tomorrow (Jan. 11), the Open Government Directive Working Series, an inter-agency collaborative event at the Department of Transportation, will take place in Washington. The purpose of the series is to lead to a successful implementation of the Open Government Directive, and to develop momentum behind it. At the end of the working series, existing and [...]

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Comment by Eldon Marr on July 5, 2012 at 11:16am

Are you starting to see an increase in digitized government documents?

The government already has access to mountains of digital data to utilize, a large amount of information at government agencies remains in the form of paper files. For the Digital Government Strategy and the shift to a more mobile government to truly be successful, the government needs to ensure that these documents, records and files are digitized and stored in a central repository where government employees and citizens can access them via their mobile devices.

How are these initiatives effecting the agency or department where you work?

Let us here to comment on our latest post titled: Digital Government Strategy a dr...

Comment by Eldon Marr on June 28, 2012 at 1:23pm

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networks are a great way to keep in touch with friends, meet new people, discuss common interests and share information. But social networks like these have a lot more potential than just enabling people to share cat videos and brownie recipes...check out this post from Nick Smith, Director of Federal Sales for Pitney Bowes Software as he discusses how government can benefit from social media. Let us know what you think by telling us more about how you use social media...

A new reason for the federal government to “like” Facebook

Comment by Vince Alongi on January 11, 2012 at 7:47am

Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary Clinton Alec Ross discusses Social Media and its Impact and Implications on U.S. Foreign Policy:

Comment by Monica Mayk Parham on December 7, 2011 at 9:23am

Webinar Dec 15: Social Media Success for Government. A briefing on the latest trends in government social media usage from the popular 2011 Public Sector Social Media study from Market Connections, Inc.

Comment by Gayla Pickett Schaefer on November 21, 2011 at 3:36pm

Please consider taking my research survey on public sector website CMS & social media which I am conducting for independent study as part of my MPA culminating experience/thesis research at the University of Memphis.


My research focus is exploring the impact on the public sector from the evolution of Web 2.0 tools. As a greater percentage of the population expects greater transparency online as well as two-way communication from the public sector, expectations for social media integration have increased. The survey is designed to uncover policies and website management tools that help/hinder the ability of public organizations to interact with clients/constituents.  


Survey respondents must be over age 18 and directly involved in the management of their government agency’s or organization’s website and/or social media sites. The survey link may also be forwarded to the appropriate person(s) at the organization as needed.


The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, can be abandoned at any time and will be kept anonymous. Results will be used in my MPA graduate research project, published online and possibly in other forms. The results will be published in Spring 2012 by the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.




For more information, please contact me at or my Graduate Advisor, Dr. Leigh Hersey at


Thank you.

Comment by Lisa Nelson on October 27, 2011 at 11:13am

I am looking for BEST examples of web policies and web strategies. One good example is the NYC Digital Strategy that Rachel Sterne developed. 

Re the policies, I'm looking for something pretty extensive -- not just an organization that has privacy, accessibility etc.   But something broader that addresses organization-wide policies on content, design, advertising, social media, etc.  
Examples can come from anywhere -- govt and non-govt
Thanks for any ideas you can give me.
Comment by Eldon Marr on October 17, 2011 at 5:21pm
Herman Velasquez of Pitney Bowes Management Services discusses the role that electronic communication and mail digitization can play in continuity of operations (COOP). Read More
Comment by Monica Mayk Parham on September 19, 2011 at 1:46pm

Help Market Connections better understand the use of social media in the public sector. Government contractor and employee input appreciated!

Comment by Sam Allgood on September 22, 2010 at 12:55pm
Boulder, Colorado example of citizen engagement
Comment by Tivoni Devor on September 1, 2010 at 9:49am
Next American City Magazine and IBM are looking for Web 2.0 and other innovations that you are implementing at any level of government.

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