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GovTwit releases data set for 4,500 tagged IDs

After seeking a way to revive the GovTwit directory (including trialing interesting services like and TwitChimp), I've yet to find a solution that would include all of the features and functionality I'd like. So today I'm making all of the backend GovTwit data I have culled since 2008 available to anyone who may be able to make use of it.

As mentioned…


Added by Steve Lunceford on May 31, 2012 at 3:46pm — No Comments

The Empowered Employee is Coming; Is Your Agency Ready?

I wanted to draw attention to a recent piece at, authored by my Deloitte colleagues John Hagel, Suketu Gandhi, and…

Added by Steve Lunceford on February 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Twitter launches @Gov to provide updates from its government and politics team

Amid what has been a flurry of Twitter update news today, the site has launched an @Gov account to track creative and effective uses of Twitter for civic engagement. This is a feature I recently mentioned Twitter was lacking  (when writing about…


Added by Steve Lunceford on December 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Google launches Google+ guide for politics and government

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Hot on the heels of launching Google+ Pages on November 7, Google has released a "how-to" guide for G+ aimed at increasing use of the new social platform by those in politics and government.

The "Google+ for Politics"…


Added by Steve Lunceford on November 21, 2011 at 10:01am — 3 Comments

Bittersweet End: GovTwit directory turns three, but forced to shut down

The short story: is dead and I'm looking for ideas on how to get it back up and running.

The slightly longer version: I recently sat on a panel hosted by Market Connections, which was releasing their third annual report around the use of social media in government (you can download the overview here), and…


Added by Steve Lunceford on November 9, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

DC Fire Communications Director @wallscomm says “Social Media is for parties.” So Let’s Party!

The headline is astonishing to read given how much the emergency management community has gravitated toward using social media to achieve various goals, most especially in communicating with the public. Heck, @LAFD is recognized as being the first government organization to join Twitter (four years ago) and even a quick Google search for “emergency management social networking”…


Added by Steve Lunceford on September 22, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Government adoption of Twitter continues rapid growth; hits 4,000 IDs

I was adding some IDs to this week when I realize a new milestone was reached as the directory now exceeds 4,200 IDs. While I haven't keep a timeline of month-to-month growth, a post from July 19, 2010 mentions that the database was slightly under 3,000 IDs a year ago, so were looking at ~43% growth year-over-year.

The numbers:…


Added by Steve Lunceford on July 29, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

First It Was Weiner, Now It’s Johnson – Freshman Congressman’s Twitter Feed Hacked

Following on the heels of “Weinergate,” where then-House Representative Anthony Wiener claimed his Twitter account was hacked, it appears we have an actual case where a member of Congress has had their Twitter account tampered with.

TweetCongress founder…


Added by Steve Lunceford on July 14, 2011 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

Secret Service starts Twitter account, stumbles

Just nine days after starting an official (and verified) Twitter feed, the U.S. Secret Service had a pretty public gaffe that most professional social media managers have experienced (or feared) at some point or another. As reported by ABC News and other outlets, a staffer accidentally…


Added by Steve Lunceford on May 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Air Force names 2011 Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame inductees

Congrats to all the inductees, but especially for my colleague General Harry Raduege! He chairs Deloitte's Center for Cyber Innovation ( and it's a pleasure and honor to work with him.


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by Tech. Sgt. Jess Harvey…


Added by Steve Lunceford on March 15, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

State Department adding new in-language Twitter feeds

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I attended Secretary Clinton's speech about Internet freedom yesterday at George Washington University (see the State Department report and…


Added by Steve Lunceford on February 17, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Congressman Hoyer’s Twitter account hacked or impersonated during State of the Union?

Take a look at the screenshot below; either Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer was blowing off some serious steam with a string of profanity-laden tweets during last night's State of the Union address, or the Democratic Whip has had one of his Twitter IDs, @LeaderHoyer, hacked or otherwise compromised.…


Added by Steve Lunceford on January 26, 2011 at 8:50am — 3 Comments

New Twitter interface not working for agencies using Internet Explorer 7 or 8?

It appears that in addition to breaking background images (as I wrote about earlier) the "new Twitter" interface may not be working at all for some agencies which rely on Internet Explorer versions 7 or 8.

The State Department's Noel Dickover tweeted about… Continue

Added by Steve Lunceford on December 30, 2010 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

GovTwit's 10 top gov 2.0 stories for 2010

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While 2009 seemed to be about learning in the world of government 2.0, 2010 seemed to usher in more "doing," especially in the U.S. federal government. It's hard to narrow down dozens of efforts down to a single list, but the 10 stories below are ones that stand out for me (in date order):…


Added by Steve Lunceford on December 19, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Help ID new GovTwits after 2010 elections

Americans take to the polls November 2nd, and regardless of the political party results, one thing's for certain: there will be newly elected officials who won't be listed in GovTwit. That's where you can help.

If you know or learn of a new governor, senator, representative or any elected official who is on Twitter, please leave their ID and any other helpful information (position, state/city, etc) in the comments section over at the GovTwit blog. You… Continue

Added by Steve Lunceford on November 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"New Twitter" Kills Custom Backgrounds

If you are an agency, organization or individual that has made use of customized Twitter backgrounds to share contact info, expanded "about me," Facebook URLs and more in the left-hand side of the profile page, then the roll out of "New Twitter" may leave you with some additional work to spruce up your page.

In addition to inline media and other features, the new platform refresh… Continue

Added by Steve Lunceford on September 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

50+ government Twitter and social media directories

ince launching nearly two years ago, the GovTwit social media directory has grown dramatically. It is not only one of the oldest such directories, but perhaps the largest hand-curated list of government Twitter accounts worldwide. It's certainly not the only directory out there, however.

I've recently come across a number of new sites collecting government and/or elected officials' social presence, and thought a listing of those directories might be useful for others.…


Added by Steve Lunceford on August 25, 2010 at 1:10pm — No Comments

GovTwit Statistics: Top Federal Twitter IDs

The NY Times Magazine published a great story this weekend by Jesse Lichtenstein titled "Digital Diplomacy" that focused on the State Department's very proactive stance in using new tools and technologies to advance the department's sweeping mission.

Traditional forms of diplomacy still dominate, but 21st-century statecraft is not mere corporate rebranding — swapping tweets for broadcasts. It represents a shift in form and in strategy — a way to amplify traditional diplomatic…

Added by Steve Lunceford on July 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

35 Gov 2.0 heroes to follow on Twitter

GovFresh's Luke Fretwell has been conducting interviews with various government 2.0 leaders for the past year, honoring them with the title "Gov 2.0 Hero" (see full list). To celebrate the anniversary of the first interview, Luke has declared June 15 Gov 2.0 Hero Day to further highlight citizens inside and outside government who go above and beyond the call of duty and creatively leverage technology to build a more… Continue

Added by Steve Lunceford on June 15, 2010 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

EXCLUSIVE - First interview with Twitter, Inc. on their job search for D.C.-based government liaison

"If you are successful, the world will be a better place..."

That quote, from the job posting Twitter made earlier this week seeking their first "government liaison," is a window in to the aspirations Twitter has for their first D.C.-based employee. While the announcement has generated news headlines globally and set off a flurry of tweets, blog posts,… Continue

Added by Steve Lunceford on June 10, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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