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Is this the summer of social? June SocMed CoP roundup

Is this the Summer of Social?? How have you been using social media in local public services?

Submit your example here or take a look at what other people are doing.

Moving on, need help now!

Ok, I’m off to pastures new! If you haven’t already seen my announcement, take a gander at what I’ll be doing next. The great news is I’ll still be doing what I love – helping local public services and especially councils use digital tech to be more open, efficient and engaging.

So…although I still plan to facilitate the Social Media CoP, I won’t have quite as much time as I used to – so who would like to give me hand? I’m happy to have a quick chat, and I promise it’s not that much work. Please drop me a line at [email protected] if you’re interested.


The Making a Difference With Data online conference is going on right now. You can see some brilliant online presentations and discussions from Wednesday on how open data can be used across local public services – with barely a mention of expenditure data and the discussions continue on Friday 17 June.

LocalGovCamp is this Saturday 18 June in Birmingham. If you haven’t been to GovCamp event before these are absolutely amazing. It’s a lot like communities of practice but in energy-driven, fun-filled day of knowledge and idea exchanging. At time of writing there are still some tickets available. And if they’re all gone when you get there, just follow proceedings on twitter.

LocalDirectGov is hosting a Really Useful day looking at open data (find out more from Liz Azyan about how this event will help make data sexy and really useful) Share your ideas and challenges here or comment on those that have already been shared. This is the first of a series of allied events across local government which aim to help us release and use local gov data more effectively Let us know if you’re interested in attending the event on Friday 1 July 2011 (it’s invitation only) or if you’d just like to stay informed. I’ll be facilitating on the day.

I’ll also be speaking at Building Perfect Council Websites in London on 14 July – and and this year’s theme is on mobile services for local government. I’ll be talking about integration of social with public sector websites with a bit of open data thrown in.

Can you help? From the forum!

How are you dealing with the recommended code of practice for local authority publicity and websites?

Do you have an example of effective tailored email use? Have you integrated it with social? (Includes links to some great email resources!)

Even more on using social tools to support internal engagement and comms – with new questions on policies for internal forums. Do you have one you can share?

Can you share your Facebook page here? How do you run it? What benefits does it give you? How do you attract fans or likes?

More discussion of citizen reporting websites (crime, street scene, etc)

From the blogs

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the blogs in the community now – but women – where ARE you – we need your voice!


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