Archive for December, 2011

Short Holiday Week in Review

Happy New Year! Excited for 2012 and all the new social media and gov interactions – it’s going to be fun.

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Tweet from Alan Rosenblatt (drdigipol)

Alan Rosenblatt (drdigipol):

Arms for the Poor: social media is the new arsenal for political change. My new blog post… #ows #teaparty #p2

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Happy Holidays Week in Review

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Looking forward to a lot of government and social media news in 2012.

Don’t forget to follow  on Google+ and Facebook

New blog site

As much as I liked having my blog as a subdomain over at, there are just too many tools for wordpress that only worked on the website. When embeddable tweets came out last month and I couldn’t get them to work on the old blog, that was the last straw. Hopefully this site location will allow for better (and more frequent) postings.

Hello world!

Welcome to After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can always preview any post or edit it before you share it to the world.

Social Media and Gov Week in Review (x2)

Missed a week of review last week, lots of links to catch up with.

I’ve updated both the House and Governors pages on the site, dozens of new social media links.

Please call your Congressman and tell them to vote against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

  1. Sweden lets citizens take over its official Twitter account. This is either genius or insanity.
  2. Twitter teams up with @FoxNews for #GOPdebate
  3.  Marathon #SOPA votes derailed by a politician’s “offensive” tweet @SteveKingIA
  4. .@SenMikeLee is not scared to delegate twitter responsibility among many staffers. He has 4 official accounts.
  5. Great use of Flickr RT @petesouza: New Obama family portrait:
  6. In #HackWeTrust: Can the People’s House become a social platform for the people? (article by @digiphile)
  7. RT @Diament_OU: Welcome to the twitterverse @joshuadubois @whitehouse
  8. Federal social media users advised to try #Klout,#Tweepskey & #SocialBro to help measure their online reach…@gbyehuda
  9. Obama’s Re-Election Path May Be Written in Will St. Clair’s Code – Bloomberg @BloombergNews
  10. Among Twitter users, Obama’s approval rating is 69%, 23% higher than nationwide rating
  11. NBC partners with foursquare to map the 2012 campaign trail… via @aboutfoursquare
  12. US Sens @SenMikeLee(…) & @PattyMurray(…) are embedding tweets. Are you?… via @gov
  13. Congressman Tim Holden joins twitter and facebook: @RepTimHolden and
  14. RT @TheDailyShow: RT @TeamBachmann “I’m at Gate B22 (at Terminal 4, PHX Airport, Phoenix)” // Um…do you need a ride? [just joined foursquare]
  15. RT @exilauren: Fantastic article | 7 Reasons Government Agencies Should Monitor Social #opengov thanks @levyj413
  16. RT @drdigipol: Facebook & Twitter use boosts election chances via @the_irish_times (TY @spedwybabs ) #socmed#2012
  17. Twitter Launches @gov Account for Tracking Civic Engagement:
  18. MT @digiphile: How should a “@whitehouseQuora” work? TBD… last week, @aneeshchopra joined
  19. Three congressional staffers canned after tweets reveal in-office partying
  20. Taking Flight — Presidential candidate launch#LetsFly profile pages: @newtgingrich@TeamBachmann @RickSantorum (cc: @TwitterAds) via @gov
  21. Taking Flight — National party committees launch#LetsFly profile pages: @dccc @NRSC @NRCC(cc @TwitterAds) via @gov
  22. Rick Perry dethrones Rebecca Black with most ‘disliked’ YouTube
  23. Apparently GOP Senate minority leader McConnell has been on twitter since July @McConnellPress…… but there was zero effort put into rolling it out and link is hidden = @McConnellPress only has 1,700 followers.
  24. Twitter and the Campaign: How the Discussion on Twitter Varies from Blogs and News via @pewresearch
  25. RT @digiphile: “Imagine if a bill in Congress could tweet its own status”-@WhipHoyer on (cont)
  26. RT @almacy: @GOPLeader: “Transparency, engagement and open government are not partisan issues.”
  27. Library of Congress says Twitter archive will build “unique record of our time” by @jonrussell via @TheNextWeb
  28. USAJOBS Turns Frustration to Friendship With Social Media via @dslunceford@sradick #gov20
  29. The Candidates on YouTube: Which Ones Are Using It Most Effectively As State Battles Approach? via @techpresident:

Social media and politics week in review Dec 2nd

It’s ben a relatively slow two weeks. Still, there are a few interesting stories out there.

Be sure to follow GovSM on Facebook and Google+.

  1.  If You Tweet It, They Will Come via @HuffingtonPost @AdamS @NASA#NASATweetup
  2. 4 ways technology will impact politics in 2012 via @ethanklapper
  3. Venezuela’s Chávez Hacks Critics’ Twitter Accounts – With Cuba’s Help by @curthopkins via @RWW
  4. Welcome to the first ‘Twitter election’ – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley:
  5. For politicians and elected officials, getting on Google+ is easy. Announcing Google+ Politics Guide #opengov#gov20
  6. Great article about social media and lobbying -Stop #SOPA: Using the Internet to Save the Internet via @PatrickRuffini
  7. Tracking the Most Talked About Candidates on Facebook | Engage via @engagedc @PatrickRuffini
  8. More on the Kansas story: @govsambrownback Apologizes To Teen Tweeter h/t @Pres_Bartlet
  9. More on @BarackObama joining Google+ from @digiphile (thanks for h/t re: other 2012 pages cc: @nclarkjudd)
  10. RT @PatrickRuffini: Excellent example of how a real Mayor can engage citizens on foursquare.
  11. Foursquare in Egypt: Mobile Users Check in to Revolution via @marshallk
  12. Tampa Mayor uses foursquare to help you tour his city by @thatdrew on @TNWapps
  13. Study: Half of Facebook Users Post Political Messages [INFOGRAPHIC]… via @mashable h/t @katieharbath #gov20
  14. The future of social media at the National Archives… via @radar @digiphile
  15. “Four Steps: The Evolution of Social Media in Government” on GovLoop by @gbyehuda #gov20 #opengov
  16. RT @lheron: The Muppets got incredibly social in the last 2 years. @mashable on the strategy:
  17. Just posted the audio of my interview on @MorningBriefing with @JaredRizzi about#whipcast #gov20 #opengov#tcot
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