Communications

Email: An Acquired Hatred

All my life I’ve been averse to use of the word “hate”. I discourage it’s use by the little people in our house. Few other four-letter words sit at the negative limit of human emotion. But I’m really starting to hate email. As a substitute for the telegram or posted letter’s sluggish delivery speeds, it… Read more »

Six Ways Local Governments Can Use Social Media to Promote Energy Conservation

Author’s Note: I originally published this on my blog on September 16, 2008. I’m republishing it here to see if anyone would like to discuss the ideas presented here. Six Ways Local Governments Can Use Social Media to Promote Energy Conservation By Dennis D. McDonald Here are six ways local governments can use social media… Read more »

WebContent.gov Goes Web 2.0

Note: This post is of my own personal opinion and is not endorsed or supported by any local, state, or federal government agency. The Government’s web community is going “web 2.0” with a focus on increased collaboration amongst its members with the new implementation of the Web Content Managers Forum over at WebContent.gov. I spoke… Read more »

Social Media and FOIA implications

It seems to me that using 3rd party social applications can be a great boon for government in communicating and collaborating with its constituents. However, when a government entity uses Facebook, Twitter, blogs or other (free or hosted) applications, at what point does the agency become responsible to fulfill FOIA requests to posted comments, images,… Read more »

The Military and Web 2.0: Falling Behind and Thriving?

In two separate articles last week, our Armed Forces received a mixed review on their use of Web 2.0 tools: The first article, Army Secretary: We’re Falling Behind, declares: “Senior Army leaders have fallen behind the breakneck development of cheap digital communications including cell phones, digital cameras and Web 2.0 Internet sites such as blogs… Read more »

Social Media for Government

Just spent a couple days in conf. sessions learning how a few gov entities are using social media to communicate with public, press and intra/inter-agency. I was surprised that so few in the audience were aware of the collaboration tools, let alone using them to carry out mission communications. A hopeful note: transparancy and information… Read more »