Hello there! Thanks for reading my first-ever blog post on my own, as opposed to writing for EPA’s blog, Greenversations.
I’m pretty active on Twitter @levyj413, talking about social media (aka Web 2.0) and esp. social media in gov’t, but I’ve never blogged in a normal-length format. I’m enthusiastically learning and exploring various social media tools, but blogging seems so … weighty. Like I’d better be sure I can keep going before I start. But, in the spirit of allowing even failures to teach me, I’ll give this a shot.
Here’s where I fit into the gov’t web ecosystem:
1) I’m the Director of Web Communications at US EPA. The team I lead includes 8 energetic, enthusiastic, intelligent folks dedicated to using the Web on behalf of anyone who cares about the environment. We run certain pieces of EPA’s Web site, like the home page and blog, but within EPA our main role is leading the web content charge, working closely with our partners in EPA’s CIO’s office and colleagues across the country.
2) I represent EPA on the Federal Web Managers Council, which includes top content managers from cabinet departments and several agencies. This is the group that wrote some great white papers on online gov’t and social media, and maintains the gov’t web best practices site, webcontent.gov. Oh, and it manages the Web Content Managers Forum, a group of (currently) 1500 gov’t folks involved in web content. If you’re in gov’t, join us!
3) On behalf of the Council, I co-chair the Social Media Subcouncil. We’re just getting started, but we’ll be creating all kinds of good stuff to help our colleagues dive into social media to support their agencies’ missions. Because its not about cool tech, it’s about accomplishing the mission using the right mix of tools, and social media offers exciting new opportunities.
So – got any specific topics I could cover?