Earlier today, David McClure, the Associate Administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, introduced a government social media timeline in a blog post on its new citizen engagement platform, Citizen.apps.gov. Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
Gov 2.0 is like any social network– it’s always changing, can be both difficult and rewarding, and occasionally get pretty hairy. And like Facebook, Gov 2.0 is only as valuable as the time you – and your community – put into it. It’s been a rapidly accelerating ride – as more and more interest comes from the White House, and, more importantly, the American public to increase the reach and effectiveness of engaging and communicating with government.
McClure cited milestones like the first government YouTube channel, the redesign of WhiteHouse.gov with open source software or the use of Twitter by the State and Defense Departments after the Haiti earthquake. Now, the federal government is looking to the American people – yes, you – to send “the important U.S. government milestones you know about by emailing them to us at [email protected].” Add a date, provide any sourcing information and keep eye on the evolution of this government social media timeline.