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):

  1. State Department organizes text donation campaign for Haitian earthquake
  2. GSA launches Ideascale crowdsourcing platform tool
  3. Department of Defense publishes “Internet based capabilities” policy to cover social media activities
  4. OMB issues guidance for how agencies can use challenges and prizes to promote open government innovation
  5. USGS becomes the first government agency case study presented by Twitter
  6. The Library of Congress obtains rights to Twitter’s entire archive of tweets
  7. launches mobile app store
  8. NARA issues guidance for agencies on how to effectively manage social media/web 2.0 records
  9. negotiates Fed-friendly terms of service for 14 popular social media services
  10. Twitter hires D.C.-based manager of government and political partnerships

There’s obviously a lot more that occurred throughout the year, but I wanted to simply capture the ones that were top of mind. I suppose I should also include that GovTwit celebrated its second anniversary last month. There were roughly 900 IDs added to the directory this year, bringing the total number of accounts tracked to nearly 3,300. Thanks to all who support the directory via pointing out additions.

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