I'm currently at the Ragan Communications Social Media for Communicators conference in Atlanta, GA. So far the presentations are great from Ford, Mark Ragan, CDC, Shel Holtz, Coca-Cola SVP and more. There's a lot from the commercial world that government can learn from the experiences and trials that private industry has already gone through. There are some things that may be harder to accomplish with the difference policies that government has to deal with over private industry but they CAN be… Continue
Over at Social Media Today, Gary Goldhammer, wrote a post with a few tips on how to slow down your social media use that are worth a quick read. What!? Slow down!? Yes! We get so caught up in having to use the latest social media tool that we don't stop to think why we even want to use them in the first place...other than to be the first to know… Continue
My wife just asked if I was going to get one of those tablet things that Apple came out with today. She said so in that "you know if you say yes, you'll never hear the end of it---and if you say no, I'll simply spare your life" sort of voice. My answer though was "no" and it's not because of the wife-wrath. However, I did say, I WILL get the 2nd generation of the device when it comes out. But why not get the 1st gen version?
The 1st-gen versions are great but they're never quite what… Continue
I just had an interesting discussion with several people, including privacy officers and ethics people revolving around the use of a Federal agency using/repurposing tweets and any potential privacy issues involved with doing so. Things seem a little unresolved and further discussion will be happening, but I'm hoping the GovLoop community can help address some of the issues.
Some of the questions being posed, along with some of the discussion results are posted… Continue
When I go to conferences where I'm presenting, I typically give my presentations using Keynote on the Mac. What I don't like is not having a remote device to control my presentation and I don't feel like going out and spending too much money on one...even if my work would pay for it.
However, a few months ago I found a little nugget app called "Keynote Remote" for $0.99 that let's me control… Continue
I'm wrestling with an issue and I'm hoping I can get a lot of input from multiple sources regarding Twitter strategies for government.
Try to look at this with your "public affairs hat" on. Do you think Twitter accounts for an agency should be created and managed based upon a general topic, organizational structure, or a combination of both?
If done organizationally, there's the potential for having hundreds of Twitter accounts all from your organization. Many would be… Continue
For those of you that run official government Twitter accounts, do you also follow your employees' personal twitter accounts from your official one? Some businesses in the private sector follow their own employees. This helps with the idea of being more transparent and open. However, with government accounts are there any downsides to do so? Following your employees may bring a stronger voice to your organization as whole however, I can see a downside if someone tweets something which the media… Continue
Now, I'm not a financial planner/money guy, but when it comes to your investment portfolio, you're often told to diversify in order to spread your money over many investments giving you a chance at steadily increasing your return rather than betting it all on… Continue
A recent email I received asked about way to just have some sort of in-house image management software—just enough to get the job done. So, I thought up a quick way to do this and I wanted to share it with you. It may not be the solution for everyone, but it's functional.
If your organization runs Microsoft Office Suite then you're probably familiar with the standard applications like Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc. But did you know about Picture Manager? Picture Manager comes with… Continue
The holy grail of web development testing is being able to easily test your website in various browsers. The biggest problem is not only having to install each browser, but then having to run hacks on system to get older versions of the same browser running (ehem...IE, I'm talking to you). Well, today I was introduced to a sweet little nugget called Spoon.
We did an interview with Federal News Radio (Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris -- thanks you two!) on our experience with the first @USGS Twitter Chat. Overall, our experience with the Twitter chat went well. We had a lot of retweeting of the planned chat well before it occurred which led us to believe we would have… Continue