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Social media shifts marketing from controlled, one-way communications into collaborative, intimate dialogues with—and among—constituents. The strategies, tools, rules of engagement, and metrics present marketing and digital professionals with a series of challenges that are best distilled into one question: “What do I do now?”

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“What will be the most useful government-based mobile application used in 20 years?”

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Wow…that’s a fun question.

My answer would be that the most useful app will be one where it is based on gov’t-data but not actually built by government

Michael Rautio

I think this question misses the boat. Let me attempt to explain…think back to 1991 and how much of a role computers played in the workplace and the government; think of the capabilities we had then. Think of a question that we might have asked then…such as…what will be the most useful thing you can do on a computer in 20 years?

To me, that question doesn’t even make sense. The landscape where we will be working 20 years from now, will be radically different from the one in which we operate today and I don’t think we will think of apps in the same way that we do now.

Some of the things I do see happening…

1) Everything in the cloud

2) One online identity that you can take EVERYWHERE

3) Computing will be a part of everything we do as will our devices…

4) One password to remember for everything….(wishful thinking)

But it is through thinking about where computing is going that we can decide what we need. If we look at the future based on the technology of today, I feel we are needlessly limiting ourselves.

Steven W. Oxman

An App that sees all the job announcements in the government (now I said all, not just those on something like the present and allows the user to submit all the required documents via the portable device (document store on a cloud) and submit the editted resume (resume edit app for this also on the cloud) via the portable device as well. This app would then immediately score the submission and tell the submitter the initial score results immediately (meaning within a short (5 minutes or so) period of time) with feedback. This app would be for all positions, including SES.

Stephen Peteritas

Oh man I like that idea Steve… I was just with my mom over the holidays and she was applying to a gov’t job and was about to pull her hair out. Step by step app would be amazing!

Todd Solomon

In 20 years the most widely used mobile apps will be privately developed using gov data to tell me where to find the nearest charging station for my electric vehicle. I hope there are many competing versions of said app, demonstrating the popularity of EVs and the necessity of finding EV charging stations. I also hope the data used is a combination of DOE and DOT, demonstrating the mainstreaming of inter-gov collaboration!

Joe Flood

That’s easy. Pay My Parking Ticket Online. It sounds flippant but 20 years from now there will still be cars, in some form, and government will still be ticketing them.

Aleida Lanza

A real-time geotrack application which alerts citizens to subscribed government services data, in real time compliance with Section 508 of the Amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1976. The subscription service should include real time geotracked crime and Amber/Silver alerts, and specific services available by every level of government (Federal/State/County/City) to said citizen. (e.g. an elderly blind citizen can walk through the city and have smart sensors alert a mobile device as to immediate local parks, services, transportation, and emergency services in audio format / exposure to hazmat occurrence can be mitigated via mobile alerts which include emergency precaution instructions for safety / crime alerts a citizen can specify by level of crime and vicinity of exposure / education materials and mobile classrooms for interactive educational experience). Shall I go on???

Kathleen Smith

Ok, now that I have looked at everyone else’s and see many of the logic points – thanks especially to Aleida and Michael – I see the integration of individual and government being almost complete so the mobile device or whatever it is at that point – a wristband or sunglasses with computing capability will allow anyone to more involved with their community. Most importantly recommendations on how to lower energy usage and impact we as an individual have on our surroundings and how we can connect with those around us. Maybe a little Utopian, but hey can’t I dream?

Bill Crews

Don’t have time to read all the suggestions/comments. But here in DC you can already pay parking tickets on line.

I’m thinking personally in 20 years, all Social security, medicare, TSP, and retirement will be intergrated on something small but colorful

JoAnn Hague

I think it’s going to be something far, far simpler than we anticipate. I think it will be a secure conduit to government experts throughout the DoD. A simple app will provide a 2-part (1) QUERY interface and (2) EXPERT responder. The app will provide a safe environment for various security levels, from unclassified … to classified … to top-secret. It’s elegance will be its simple but almost-instant access to essential expertise in an era when data and information will overload the individual, government, and society. Simple, tidy, safe, accurate. [Also searchable and verifiable]

Leslie Labrecque

I want to find an available parking spot on a map. Maybe not useful all the time but great for those busy holiday months. Not sure about used in 20 years though.. I want this now! 😀

Jodi LeBlanc

This is an excerpt from an article I co-created with 4 other new professionals based on the Grown Up Digital book by Don Tapscott: “Role Reversal”

“On the service side, the government must ramp up its high-tech offerings to meet NetGen needs. Instead of having websites that simply post information to be accessed, create communities and new models of service delivery. Using Web 2.0 technology, each individual would be granted access to a secure MyGovernment portal that the public service could personalize and customize based on the needs of each individual, and could offer valuable information on eligible programs and services from cradle to grave. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to have all government services under one umbrella? Other features include allowing users to login to their personalized portal from their digital platform of choice and having information accessible 24/7. This may be idealistic and years away, but it is definitely what the NetGen anticipates as well as what future generations will grow to expect.”