Posts Tagged: politics

The prosaic politics of the tweet

View original post at the acidlabs blog. Bernard Keane has an especially interesting piece in Crikey entitled Twitter and the prosaic reality of Digital Democracy (registration required). It’s an insightful look at the emergence of Australian politicians into the world of social media and just how well (or not) they are doing. Of particular noteRead… Read more »

Why Twitter’s Gov’t Outreach is a Big Win for the Gov 2.0 Movement

For at least that past two years, a tiny yet fast-growing group of folks who call themselves “Gov 2.0 advocates” has worked tirelessly to spread a message that emerging technologies, low-cost communications and digital culture can reshape government to be more collaborative, transparent, efficient and connected to its citizens. We have advocated for humanizing government,Read… Read more »

#TwitGov! Fresh Links (and a play-by-play)

A very interesting day of buzz over the new Twitter governmental liaison position, with everything from petitions to a sort of Microsoft-O’Reilly Media-Twitter Gov 2.0 debate on Mark Drapeau’s blog. @Twitter opened on Monday the with a job post: … Track the #twitgov search … … Cue Wednesday: Mark Drapeau (one of Microsoft’sRead… Read more »

Can Twitter Reimagine Democracy?

Twitter’s plan to hire a government liaison (its first DC employee) has set off a a tweetstorm from the U.S. Capitol to London to Tokyo, and likely a flood of resumes into the Web 2.0 firm’s SoMa offices. Some of the Gov 2.0 community’s brightest have already offered great suggestions for how this new TwitterRead… Read more »

Caretaker Government meet Gov2.0

If you haven’t heard, the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has been to see the Queen about an election. Having done that, the British Government is now in what’s called Caretaker mode. In the Westminster system as it is practiced in Australian and the UK, once an election has been called and the warrants issuedRead… Read more »

Politics and Photography

originally posted on Every so often I will go back and watch two interesting slideshows on the New York Times, one which followed photographer Damon Winter on Obama’s campaign trail, the other following a group of photographers who were covering the Republican and Democratic conventions. I’m continually fascinated by the content of these slideshows,Read… Read more »

Is Voting really a measure of success

I watched the People’s Politician over the weekend via the BBC iPlayer and started to think about whether “Voting” was a real measure of success of whether people feel engaged or not? In the episode we saw Ann Widdecombe Conservative MP for Maidstone get given a camera to do her first podcast and the questionRead… Read more »

Politicians, Officials Will Find Twitter Friendlier Than Facebook

Do other people’s tweets show up on my page? That’s a common first question from officials contemplating Twitter. And the ‘no’ answer is why, as social media use by politicians, officials and agencies goes increasingly mainstream, Twitter will beat out Facebook as platform of choice. This will hold true especially for official use, as publicRead… Read more »

Health Care: Should We Settle for Less?

Recently, I’ve had a few discussions with friends regarding the current Senate health care bill. Is the death of the public option ok, since it got Medicare eligibility lowered to 55? That helps some people, right? More than are helped now, right? So that’s good, right? Wrong. We have apparently been subjected to the obstructionistRead… Read more »

Capitol Circle is now live!

Capitol Circle is now live. It’s a “Bloomberg for politics” concept that aggregates twitter, RSS, and the web to deliver real-time political news as it breaks across the Internet. It’s searchable and filterable as well. Please let me know what you think of the site, I’m looking for feedback to iterate the product and takeRead… Read more »