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Top 5 tips for live tweeting a speech in Government

I would go so far as to say live tweeting a speech is the most stressful thing you can do on twitter.

We regularly do it from accounts I manage, and I think we now have it down to a fine art. Here are my top 5 tips....

  1. Get a copy of the speech in advance

    This is the most helpful thing you can do. It gives you the luxury of time to get your head around the content of the speech.
  2. Prepare the tweets

    Ensure you have covered…

Added by Alex Schillemore on June 13, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Digital diplomacy in Paris – workshop and panel

Last week the embassy of Israel in Paris, France, hosted an international workshop on the digital diplomacy. It was first such experience for us in the Israeli embassy, but what I learnt from our guests during the workshop was that it was also the case for many of them. While diplomats discuss this topic with their counterparts occasionally, the idea of workshop was to create the platform of professional discussion and exchange between diplomats, web-specialists, journalists and…


Added by yaron gamburg on February 15, 2012 at 5:19am — No Comments

Live-Blogging Tech@State: Nerds Talking to Nerds

Last one! The closing keynote speaker was David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know. Great speaker on a complex topic. I hope I do him justice here... if anyone else heard and wants to jump in, please do!

Weinberger argues that in the olden days, facts used to be separable bits of knowledge (think: bricks). Now, facts are often released as linked data, which is the exact opposite of a standalone fact (i.e. not a brick). When you put…


Added by Steve Cottle on February 3, 2012 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

Live-Blogging Tech@State: Looking to the Future

The afternoon’s plenary panel looked ahead 5-10 years to imagine what social media will look like and discuss what we can do now to prepare for the huge volume of data it’s bound to entail. The panel was moderated by Rob Zitz (SAIC) and consistet of Lou Martinage (Microstrategy), Rand Waltzman (DARPA), and Patrick Meier (Ushahidi). Here are some takeaways from each of the presentations.

Tapping into Social Data…


Added by Steve Cottle on February 3, 2012 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Live-Blogging Tech@State: Drinking from the Fire Hose

I attended the breakout session: Drinking from the Fire House, which looked at the impact of and strategies and techniques for dealing with the explosion of data. John Kelly (Morningside Analytics) moderated a panel that consisted of Jason Hines (Recorded Future), Eddie Smith (Topsy), Jonathan Gosier (Metalayer), and Adam Sharp (Twitter).

The presentations were a bit sales-pitchy and the Q&A quite wide-ranging, so I’m taking great liberty in providing some of the nuggets I found…


Added by Steve Cottle on February 3, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Live-Blogging Tech@State: Ignite Sessions

Clay Johnson, author of “Information Diet.”

The U.S. started with a constituent to representative ratio of 60,000:1 and is now somewhere over 700,000:1. There will be a crisis if government can’t take the huge and growing amount of information from people and interpret it and use it in an effective way. With more and more channels popping up, the volume keeps getting turned up. When the volume is up too high, it’s impossible to hear, making the government deaf. New…


Added by Steve Cottle on February 3, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Live-Blogging Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness in Different Contexts

The first panel of the day was on how various organizations use social media and internet-enabled data to create real-time awareness. The panel was moderated by Dr. Linton Wells (National Defense University) and included panelists Robert Bectel (Department of Energy), Robert Kirkpatrick (UN Global Pulse), Ahmed Al Omran (NPR), and Clark Freifeld ( Each discussed what real-time awareness meant in their own organizations.…


Added by Steve Cottle on February 3, 2012 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

Live-Blogging Tech@State: “No Tweet Stops Bleeding.”

I’ll be live-blogging tech@state’s Real-Time Awareness throughout the day. To keep tabs on what’s going on, you can check out #techatstate on Twitter, or watch the livestream here:

The opening keynote address was given by Craig Fugate, Administrator of FEMA. Fugate discussed the role of social media in disaster response and…


Added by Steve Cottle on February 3, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness (Feb 3, 2012)

The State Department is hosting the next tech@state tomorrow. This installment's topic is real-time awareness and, with such a great line-up of speakers and panelists, tickets have sold-out. However, there's no need to fear! There are still several ways you can follow the action:


  • I'll be live-blogging (or, if my multitasking skills/technology fail me, just regular blogging) from the event tomorrow, right here on GovLoop
  • You can follow the discussion on Twitter…

Added by Steve Cottle on February 2, 2012 at 4:58pm — 2 Comments

Remembering Larry Eagleburger

Lawrence Eagleburger, the only career FSO to serve as Secretary of State, died this past Saturday. I served in the Department during the time Mr. Eagleburger was Deputy Secretary, at the time the highest post in the Department a career diplomat could aspire to.  I remember him for his unwavering support for those below him in the food chain, his direct approach to getting things done, and his warmth.  It was Eagleburger, for instance, who tried to break the bureaucratic logjam that often…


Added by Charles A. Ray on June 6, 2011 at 3:49am — No Comments

International Cyber Strategy is Florid, If Short On Specifics

The administration’s International Strategy for Cyberspace released on Monday is more a dream or vision than a set of hard-nosed proposals.  Yet it does have strong expressions of value, calling for “norms of behavior” expected of other nations.  To get to this future vision, the administration proposes a…


Added by Claudia Hosky on May 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Meaning of Wikileaks


Wikileaks does it again, publishing material that was meant to be classified and protected. People have called it treasonous and recommended legal action. Others have suggested a cloak-and-dagger approach to punish the guilty. President Obama has called for agencies to review their procedures for handling sensitive material. The general consensus among those in Government and among those private citizens who oppose the action of Wikileaks is that we must stop…


Added by Larry Slobodzian on November 30, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

A call to arms to developers: How far can you take our travel advice?

Providing accurate and timely travel advice is one of the key functions of the Foreign Office, and one of the key drivers of our web presence.…


Added by Jimmy Leach on August 4, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Measuring the success of the UK's overseas network

Every year, the digital team at the UK's Foreign Office reviews how well the post sites are doing, or not, as part of an annual health-check of our capabilities, which ties up with the not-taken-up-often-enough opportunity to talk to the editors of the… Continue

Added by Jimmy Leach on July 28, 2010 at 12:27pm — No Comments

How to work with the traditional media using the tools of social media?

Next month I will start my new diplomatic appointment - media advisor and spokesperson of the Israeli embassy to France.

It's the second time I will work as a spokesperson for the embassy. 10 years ago I did the same job in Moscow. Looks like the same job? Of course, Moscow is not Paris, Russia is not France, however the journalists are journalists everywhere, and the TV, newspapers and radio have much in common. But there is a big, huge, enormous BUT, that…


Added by yaron gamburg on July 6, 2010 at 4:13am — 1 Comment

Rockin' the World with Social Good

During my time here at GovLoop I will be blogging (excessively) on an array of topics related to technology, development, and diplomacy. An area of particular interest to me is how technology can advance humanitarian work and the development of aid around the world; which can entail looking at how technology has changed access to resources, advanced cross-cultural dialog, impacted relief work or improved citizen engagement. In this series of blogs, I will be focusing on addressing various…

Added by Attia Nasar on June 2, 2010 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Corporate Culture and Collaboration in Community

As I transition to my new role here at MetroStar Systems, I'm learning lots - made sense to blog about it. Check out my post, here:

Added by Tanya Hilleary on February 3, 2010 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

U.S. Department of State Launches Second Annual ExchangesConnect Video Contest to Amplify U.S. Public Diplomacy: “Change Your Climate, Change Our World”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Department of State’s second annual ExchangesConnect Video Contest, “Change Your Climate, Change Our World,” with a video message on the ExchangesConnect social network on November 17.

Find more videos like this on ExchangesConnect

The ExchangesConnect Video Contest is a… Continue

Added by Michele Peters on December 7, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Live Webcast: Media as Global Diplomat II – New Findings on the Science of Media & Conflict

Today the Washington, DC-based United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will host a symposium and live webcast on the impact of New media Now media on global conflict resolution.

* Are social media tools and technologies at the core of statecraft in the 21st century?

* What do new research findings suggest is the impact of social media and strategic communications in a world where that statecraft is increasingly about non-state actors?

* Can interaction between cultural and… Continue

Added by Michael J. Russell on October 1, 2009 at 11:55am — No Comments

Sometimes it's not the Technology -- Focusing the Human Side

Yesterday's Washington Post had an article headlined "Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps -- Issues of Technology, Security and Privacy Slow the New Administration's Effort to Foster Instant Communication" (

While highlighting all of the information technology innovations the new "web-savvy Obama Team" has begun to employ, such as a Presidential blog and YouTube channel, as well as noting… Continue

Added by Andre Goodfriend on March 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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