One of the most common complaints people have about Twitter is that they don’t know who to follow. It can easily become overwhelming since there’s so much knowledge being tweeted.
What you need is this carefully curated list of Twitter accounts that can help you become a smarter and more successful government professional.
If you’re eager to dive deep into this valuable, self-guided professional development tool, follow all the Twitter accounts below. Or, pick only the ones most relevant to your career aspirations.
Government service wisdom
1. @ GovLoop
That’s us! Our Twitter account will inspire you toward better service and can help you advance in your government career.
Addresses federal agency managers, policy makers and contractors.
Television show covering the business of government. Tweets highlight guests and topics you won’t want to miss.
Tweets from the “unapologetically opinionated and occasionally edgy” anonymous blogger who writes about leadership, management issues, and the international affairs community.
Local government focus
Twitter home of GOVERNING magazine, which provides news and analysis about politics, policy, and management for state and local government leaders.
State and local government ideas from Government Executive. Add on @govexec for tweets about the business of the federal government, @nextgov for technology and the future of government, and @defenseone for national security issues.
Talks about public sector progress and innovation in cities around the world. Run by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation program.
Reporting on the national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence. Part of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) helps governments use data to make informed, effective decisions and improve people’s quality of life. Part of Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative.
Social media and digital government
Shares information to empower government organizations to create better lives for more people through communications.
Twitter home of Government Technology magazine, which covers information technology’s role in state and local governments.
Updates from Twitter itself showcasing creative and effective uses of the social media for civic engagement.
Shares information and resources to help people working at federal agencies who provide digital services and information for the public. Part of GSA’s Technology Transformation Service.
Better government advocacy and transparency
An international initiative built to foster greater transparency and accountability, improve governance, and increase civic engagement.
A nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government and uses technology to make government more accountable to all.
Advocates for the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data.
The nation’s first industry-focused open data research organization.
A nonprofit educational organization whose goal is to improve the management of information within the federal government.
Opens up public contracting through disclosure, data and engagement so money is spent honestly, fairly, and effectively.
A Twitter bot that tweets when Wikipedia articles about current U.S. Congress members and legislation are edited.
Career advancement & job hunting
Helps people succeed at their careers and find meaningful jobs.
Practical and inspirational management advice to help you do your job better.
Shares public sector job opportunities throughout the country. Part of NEOGOV.
A source for jobs at U.S. federal agencies. Run by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Frequent tweets government jobs at the local and federal level, plus the occasional job seeker resource.
Advice how to find and apply for federal government jobs by the Partnership for Public Service.
What are your favorite Twitter accounts that support excellence in public service and government? Share them in a comment!
Lauren Girardin is a marketing and communications consultant, writer, and speaker based in San Francisco. She helps organizations and do-gooders engage their communities and tell their stories. Her website is laurengirardin.com and you can connect with her on Twitter at @girardinl.