This past Wednesday, Microsoft announced the launch of a new site that can help you connect with your local and state government online. The site, Gov2Social, lets you find state and local government officials using social media by search for your city, your state, your county, or a government official. The site also allows government agencies and officials to add their social media efforts to the database.
The site is a great way to get smart quick about who is utilizing social media in your area. Gov2Social adds itself to a long list of sites, communities, and blogs that keep me up to date on the expanding adoption of social media in government – both local and federal. Here are some of the sites I check on a regular basis to stay smart on Gov 2.0.
OpenGov Dashboard – Associated with the White House’s Open Government Initiative, the Dashboard tracks agency progress on the deliverables set out in the Directive, including each agency’s Open Government Plan.
GovLoop – GovLoop is a social network for the government community to connect and share information. Members include government employees from federal, state, and local government, and students and individuals interested in government service as well as government contractors.
HHS Center for New Media – Need to find out the most recent news on how HHS is using social media? What their policies are? hhsCNM is the place to go.
GovFresh – GovFresh features content on Gov 2.0, open gov news, guides, TV, tech, people and official U.S. government feeds, all in one place. It also includes GovFreshTV and MilFresh, a site focused on military topics.
GovTwit – This website hosts the world’s largest list of government agencies on Twitter, tracking state/local, federal, contractors, media, academics, non-profits… and even governments outside of the US!
Facebook for Government – This is a great one-stop shop if you are looking to find out how government agencies are using Facebook. In has information about how Government can best use Facebook, as well as a nice collection of government facebook pages.
USA.gov Government Blogs List – Here you can find a directory of all federal government blogs.
This list is by no means comprehensive, and I’m always on the lookout for more ways to stay up to date. Where do you go to get the scoop on Gov 2.0?