The State of the Union goes social

The State of the Union goes social

The president’s election-year State of the Union messaging strategy this week has included increased use of social media channels in an attempt to reach audiences in a different way and extend the conversation beyond a single day news cycle.

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Google launches Google+ guide for politics and government

Hot on the heels of launching Google+ Pages, Google has released a “how-to” guide for G+ aimed at increasing use of the new social platform by those in politics and government. Facebook also has a guide for government and politicians, but Twitter is strangely absent in creating a similar online resource.

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DC Fire Communications Director @wallscomm says “Social Media is for parties.” So Let’s Party!

LocalGovChat.com’s Mike Rupert shares why emergency management professionals should look at social media as a useful tool.

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Win a pass to the Gov 2.0 Summit

Win one of two passes to the Gov 2.0 Summit taking place in Washington, D.C. Sept. 7-8, 2010.

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50+ government Twitter and social media directories

GovTwit may be the best, but there’s many more directories and links to government and politicians who are using social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more. This post highlights links to over 50 government social media directories and lists.

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Facebook post leads Israel to abort military raid

On the heels of both the DoD’s and California social media policies comes an example as to why we need such policies and also need effective training to compliment the policies: A member of Israel’s military spills the beans about an upcoming mission via Facebook.

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2010 Census Superbowl Ad – The Best Offense is a Good Defense

The Census Bureau decided to spend $2.5 million to run an ad during SuperBowl XLIV, which caused some on Capitol Hill to finger wag about the investment and poor reviews from ad experts. Fair enough, we should be questioning how our government agencies spend taxpayer money as they strive to meet their mission. This post isn’t about that, however. It’s about the nice job Census did in pulling together a multi-channel communications campaign to surround the advertising spot.

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One Year, Thousands of GovTwits

Today marks the one year anniversary of the GovTwit directory. Started as a simple blog post listing about 150 IDs, the directory now contains over 2,500 names of agencies and individuals in the public sector who are using Twitter to share information and ideas about critical issues facing government.

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