Why has government gone from zero to Web 2.0 in 60 seconds?

By / May 11, 2010

Microsoft Director of Innovative Social Engagement Mark Drapeau asks, ‘Why has government gone from zero to Web 2.0 in 60 seconds?’

What do you think?

Dr. Mark Drapeau is Director of Innovative Social Engagement for Microsoft's U.S. Public Sector division in Washington, D.C. He is also an adjunct professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs of The George Washington University, and until recently a research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy in Washington, DC. Mark is also a contributing writer for Federal Computer Week, where he writes about emerging media technologies and how they are changing government and the balance of power in society. Mark is also a co-founder of Government 2.0 Club, an international platform for sharing knowledge about the intersection between technology and governance. And, in the spirit of openness and transparency, he is an avid mindcaster on Twitter.

  • http://www.sectorshare.com Michael Douglas

    Hi Mark-

    some interesting points, but surely the key reason for government using these platforms is that’s where the people are?

    More of our thoughts here…

    http://bit.ly/9I8K33

    Michael

  • http://www.FatPurple.com Glen @ FatPurple

    Simple. No Federal Government agency wanted to be first. When some brave groups like the CDC finally dove head first into social media, other agencies still wanted to sit on the sidelines for a year or two and see how it played out. When the tide finally shifted (and still is) agencies were caught playing catchup for missing the last 5 years. Nobody wants to seem out of touch and inflexible. Need to keep up with the Obamas…

  • http://www.videominutes.net/ Justin Mosebach

    Here you go with Facebook and city Pages: http://wiredtoshare.com/facebook-hijacks-us-government-pages

    Also see Adriel’s post on GovLoop: “Don’t Have a City Facebook Page? It’s OK, Facebook’s Made One (For You?)” http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/dont-have-a-city-facebook-page

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