I just posted a feature on Steve Ressler and GovLoop here: http://www.techpresident.com/blog/entry/33549/govloop_a_social_network_for_public_servants It starts:
Are you a local elected official looking for advice from your peers on how to make better use of web technologies to relate to your constituents? Or perhaps you’re a government IT specialist looking for support in your battles with footdragging higher-ups? Maybe you’re looking for perspective from within the system on how government entities are implementing web 2.0 strategies? Or perhaps you are a not-so-tech-obsessed young public-minded public servant who is simply looking for mutual support, across the often silo-ed and stultified world of government work?
You can find all of those things and more at GovLoop.com, an eight-month old social network created by Steve Ressler, a twenty-something federal employee living in Tampa, Flordia. Built on the free Ning.com platform, GovLoop has about 4,000 members at present, and is growing, Ressler says, at the rate of about 1,000 a month, almost entirely by word of mouth. The site is getting about 500 to 1,000 unique visitors a day, and about 150 thousand page views a month. Its members come mainly from all over the U.S., working in local, state and federal government jobs, but also include a smattering of good-government public interest types, academics and what Ressler refers to as “government contractors with good intentions.” Plus there’s an international contingent from English-speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Read the rest here: http://www.techpresident.com/blog/entry/33549/govloop_a_social_network_for_public_servants
Micah- Thanks for the great chat and the great article. Looking forward to collaborating more in the future.