The social medium

Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, might have some self-interest involved when he tries to promote the use of social media in government in a piece in Government Technology, but he’s still very correct in a couple of his five points to avoid.

Blocking use rather than setting guidelines can be a big mistake as “when Goldman Sachs invested $500 million in Facebook stock while its own analysts were blocked from the site and couldn’t do research on the company”.

Another good message from Steve is  “think of it in terms of economic development — a forward-thinking digital government is attractive to growing employers and the creative-class workers they’re trying to recruit”.

There are still lots of councils and government bodies blocking social media and too few with a well thought out policy on using it.

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