3 Earthquake Takeaways for Government & Social Media
This afternoon there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that had it's epicenter in VA.
We felt it here in the office and within moments of it happening, I checked Twitter. What did I find? Multiple people that I follow had already said they felt it in DC and elsewhere. This was before the mainstream news websites would have had any information on it - well before the newspaper for tomorrow has come out.
I also quickly checked the USGS' website to see if they had any information on it and they sure did!
So what can governments learn from this?
Social Media: The Norm
Are Facebook and Twitter new concepts? Sort of... but communication and relationship building was happening way before these platforms came along. They're just new places to communicate and build relationships. And, they happen to be what many citizens and businesses are using to connect with each other.
Tips on Improving Government Websites
On Tuesday, the White House held a video Q & A about Improving Federal Websites. BUT, there are takeaways and ideas that LOCAL governments and state agencies can gain from this discussion - see the notes below the archived video in the post...
#GOV20 Takeaways from the Space Shuttle’s Final Launch
There’s more than one way to look at Friday’s historic final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135). What can local, state, or other government agencies learn from how NASA handled the event? Here are just some ways that NASA used the web to both build it’s brand and provide visitors with information that they were [...]
Panel: “How Social Networking Can Reinvigorate American Democracy and Civic Participation”
Last week, The Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion about (among other things) social media and civic engagement. The event was held in Washington, D.C. Video is embedded in the post...
Government Teaches About Fireworks Safety Online
Another use of the internet for governments is to provide safety information to it's citizens. Here's an example of that...
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