Archive for August, 2010

Federal Agencies

Good morning! Today I added the Federal Agencies page. For now, this is cabinet level only plus any agency directors who have separate accounts. Eventually I will either expand this list or create another list of sub-cabinet agencies (FBI, FEMA, etc.) Opinions on how to list the sub-cabinet agencies would be appreciated

Of course, the vast majority of governing in this country takes place at the agency level. Thankfully, the agencies have responded to the social media boomlet and have great representation on facebook and twitter. For example, it’s incredibly easy to keep up with news at the Defense Department with their 7 different social media sites. Health and Human Services has a listing of all their 26 (!) different facebook pages. Only Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget lack facebook pages. The agencies are also very good about displaying links to their social media, something Congress could learn from.

Take a look at the page and don’t forget to subscribe to the twitter list here.


Great blog post at IBM mentions GOVSM

Take a look at this article about social media, Congress and the Federal Government. Really great insights, plus, GovSM is highlighted!

Bleg: Social Media Studies

I’m creating a page to house a collection of studies and white papers on the value of social media. If you know of any good ones, please link in the comments.

Back online


Website down

I made a huge mistake this morning and decided to edit my DNS settings without consulting someone with more experience. I basically forwarded my domain to another domain. I have changed the settings back but it could take an hour or two for the redirect to stop. At least I did it on a Friday in August when everyone is on vacation.

Federal Agencies

I am going to have federal agencies out tomorrow. This will be cabinet level agencies only, so it will include the Justice Department but not the FBI. At some later date I will begin adding lower level agencies. For now, you can follow my newest twitter list consisting of the agencies and the few agency directors that have separate accounts @govsm/cabinet.

Testing out state agency pages

I had been asked by a lot of people whether I would be doing for state and local pages. Really I had not that far ahead when I started the site last week, so I thought I’d take a crack at it to see what it would look like. I created the Massachusetts Agency and Officials page. I did NOT include Senators or Congressmen, but I did include the Governor. I also made a twitter list for all the twitter accounts listed and posted the list at the top. Comments and criticisms are most welcome in the comments below. Thanks!

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