Just got back from Washington D.C. where I spoke at the Social Media for Government Conference. I have to say I was a bit worried when I saw all the speakers were from CIA, DOD, Homeland Security, etc. I thought that this would be an audience that would be behind the times for sure. But I was wrong….very wrong. Some examples:
The DOD uses Blogger Roundtables to pitch new ideas and give sneak peeks to Blogger
The CIA uses Wiki’s all over the place. (Video coming soon)
The DOD has a "New Media" Division to deal with everything from Generals Blogging to soldiers on Facebook (their Wikipedia Page was just flagged though)
The NOAA has an island in Second Life
The TSA has a rocking blog (and I met Blogger Bob, he’s the govt celebrity Blogger)
All excellent ways the US Govt is using Social Media for (dare I say it) Social Good. Well not always the good of people everywhere but I won’t get too political. I presented on the Frozen Pea Fund, User Generated Content and the Tweet Up Blood Drive as examples of spending zero money but getting a ton of good ROI. Hopefully I was a good presenter.
Check out photos of the event .
Check out Crowd sourcing vs. Experts here (I was one of the "experts" and I p0wned the crowd….okay not at all)