Communications

Downtown Revitalization and Parking Planning – By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow When planning a downtown revitalization project the goal is to get people to come back to downtown and shop and spend money. Due to issues such as urban flight many people have moved into the suburbs and new businesses have sprung up there. Many lower income people have been stuck in the… Read more »

what municipal websites could be

Like other governments, local governments are often too comfortable with the “press release” mode of interaction with its publics. Gerry McGovern, a customer-service-in-government consultant sums it up: “Too many government websites tell us about the legislation they are enacting. We are victims of a tsunami of policies, procedures and publications in a language that is… Read more »

Top 21 Twitter Apps – Re-Blog

TechCrunch has accumulated a list of the twenty most popular Twitter applications … By popular demand, here is a list of the Top 21 Twitter Clients (According To TwitStat). 1. Twitpic 1,236,828 2. Tweetdeck 285,864 3. Digsby 233,472 4. Twittercounter 212,200 5. Twitterfeed 149,812 6. Twitterholic 147,164 7. Twhirl 143,333 8. Twitturly 88,793 9. Twtpoll… Read more »

Mars Rover Tweeter Shares Her Experience with Using Social Media to Promote Gov. 2.0

How can Social Media transform government? What role does Social Media play in achieving government transparency? A panel of experts recently met in Mountain View, California to discuss ways Social Media can change federal and local government. The discussion centered around various strategies and the participants shared their experiences of current Social Media usage in… Read more »

Information Sharing in Government vs. Open-Source; Web 2.0, NIEM and Outer Space

I had the privilege of spending many hours over the past several days immersed in expert discussion about Information Sharing, from several different perspectives. In the “open source” Web 2.0 community (at last week’s Potomac Techwire Internet Outlook 2009 event), the consensus seems to be that there’s a short period of “wait and see” ahead… Read more »

Web 2.0 White paper

A quick review from: http://freegovinfo.info/node/2434 An interesting new white paper contrasts “Public Media 1.0” (public broadcasting, cable access, nonprofit satellite set-asides) with “Public Media 2.0” (multiplatform, participatory, centered around informing and mobilizing networks of engaged users). It says that “the individual user has moved from being an anonymous part of a mass to being the… Read more »

Musings on Web 2.0 Culture Change

I had the privilege of speaking today at a conference on social media in gov’t hosted by the Potomac Forum. Listening to the other speakers, as often is the case, I heard similar concepts to the ones I use, but put in different ways. I thought I’d share here some of what I distilled. None… Read more »