I’d already connected through the U.S.-based GovLoop with like minds in the U.K, Australia, and New Zealand, but as Twitter grows internationally, I’m struck by the universal nature of hashtags. Not just a fun semantic tool or event aggregator, issue tags easily cross language barriers that are more limiting on static sites. See, I had no idea that ambtenaar + civil servant, but when I see #gov20 pop up in tweets I can’t read, it’s plenty easy to run that message through an online translator. Connection established.
Now please excuse me, I’m off to read Ambtenaar20.nl.~ Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco and host of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast. Follow him on Twitter @adrielhampton.