I attended a panel discussion yesterday on Social Media in government sponsored by the Women in Defense organization. These folks were all involved in public affairs arenas. When the question of whether there was any consideration of records management on social media, most of the presenters said they did not have any current policy on that. One presenter said the general impression is that things posted to social media venues was considered temporary. She cited the instance of a blog posted by a congressman that was pulled down immediately when statements he made were not considered appropriate. Depending on the use, some social media can be attributable. NGA apparently does have some attribution policy on their Intellipedia sites. The presenters also said they use social media for informal announcements and to gain interest. They still use the conventional media routes for formal announcements. With social media, it’s all about immediacy and relevance. At what point do postings qualify as records? I think the definition of ‘temporary record’ may need to be looked at.
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