June 8, 2008

Twitter and government (or…something else on the Web we’re not doing)

Filed under: Government, Collaboration, social networking — kirk @ 9:30 am

By ‘we’ I mean government in general. What the heck is twitter?

It’s ‘micro-blogging’ and it’s getting traction. Check out this short post by Joshua Bullock at sumtingnu. You can also see what he’s up to during the day (via Twitter) here:
Want to start? Go to

So how can it help government? Some ideas are:

  • Getting a person to twitter about their workday for education (e.g., what is a fireman’s day like?)
  • Fast collaboration (e.g., what are the members of my team doing today?)
  • Digging people out of the woodwork to help you do your job (In Joshua’s experience, he’s already run into several new Web tools and resources from people responding to his ‘tweets’ (a Twitter post…yeah, I know…).
  • Jeff Davis suggests epetitions.

So are any government agencies tweeting? The Free Government Information blog lists several — including the FBI and Nasa….oh, and the British government (man, they kick our butts with social media).

Hmm..odd sidenote….who actually wrote this article? I’ve got two people claiming credit for it I think:

[Note: the folks at FGI cleared up for…same person..just cross posted…see the comments]


  1. I’m Daniel Cornwall, one of the Free Government Information (FGI) volunteers and self-appointed publicist for our group. The article you’re talking about was written by guest blogger Rebecca Blakely, who writes the Govdocs on the Bayou blog. Hope this clears up things.

    Speaking of web 2.0 stuff have you seen our list of of podcasting gov’t agencies at has a very good listing of federal podcasters, but we also list state podcasters.

    Comment by Daniel Cornwall — June 8, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Ah…that does clear it up. Thanks. It looks like you’re doing great work at FGI. I’ll be sure to pass the link to your list of podcasting gov’t agencies to the folks in Missouri. Thanks again for the info.

    Comment by kirk — June 9, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

  3. Very Nice

    Comment by Alex — August 6, 2008 @ 7:20 am

  4. Great example of Government using Twitter in the article Twitter “Twisitor Center” Helps Travelers Follow the Tweets to Portland, Oregon

    Comment by — February 23, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

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