Multiple Studies Show Social Media in Government on the Rise, Though a Reminder that Print Media is NOT Dead

The federal government is quickly changing its views on employee use of social media. In our Social Media in the Public Sector 2011 study, published last year, we found that only 19 percent of agencies banned the use of social networks in 2011, a sharp decline from 55 percent in 2010.

Along these same lines, Hewlett Packard (HP) recently issued a study that found evidence indicating similar findings.The HP study also shows that the government is taking social media one step further by creating its own internal platforms to share information, set up video conferencing and streamline the process by which they do business across agencies and beyond.

While the use of government-specific social sites is on the rise, our study also showed that, between 2010 and 2011, federal users increased their uses of external social media platforms.

Be sure to check out the full FedConnects blog post here.

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