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Tweeters Twitter should consider for its new government gig

TwitterThe Beltway is buzzing about Twitter’s new Government Liaison gig, and the excitement is shaking DC like a California earthquake. The aftershock has produced a smart post by Andrew Wilson (Top 10 Requests for the New Government Liaison at Twitter) that offers great ideas for Twitter as they comb through a stack of resumes bigger than a GPO print job.

Here’s the gist of the job description:

Twitter is looking for an experienced, entreprenurial person to make Twitter better for policymakers, political organizations and government officials and agencies. You’ll be our first D.C. -based employee and the closest point of contact with a variety of important people and organizations looking to get the most out of Twitter on both strategic and highly tactical levels. You’ll help Twitter understand what we can do to better serve candidates and policymakers across party and geographical lines. You’ll support policymakers use of Twitter to help them communicate and interact with their constituents and the world. You’ll work with nearly every group at the company and at every level to pursue your vision for how Twitter ought to be. You’ll help set the culture and approach of a fledgling public policy department and be an important part of our very small company.

There are a number of well-qualified people for this position, and by no means am I endorsing or know whether the following are interested, but as personal campaigns pop up and resumes fly, here’s a few folks Twitter might want to consider:

Adriel HamptonAdriel Hampton (@adrielhampton) is an avid Twitter contributor and influential Gov 2.0 tweeter, both in the context of his role as host of Gov 2.0 Radio, but also as a public servant for the City of San Francisco. He knows how to use Twitter both in a hands-on government capacity at the local level as well as in a political campaign (see his recent GovFresh post Can Twitter reimagine democracy?). While he currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m sure he’d be more than willing to do so for Twitter.


Steve Lunceford (@dslunceford) is the founder of GovTwit, the world’s largest government Twitter directory. He’s enthusiastically built GovTwit over the past few years into a central tool for cataloging government Twitter accounts, both at the state and local level. Lunceford is well-regarded and well-connected within DC. See also his recent critical but constructive post, A verified disappointment: how Twitter handles government accounts.


Wayne Moses BurkeWayne Moses Burke (@wmburke) is the founder of Open Forum Foundation and GovLuv, the Twitter app that helps citizens connect with government. Burke is one of the few, perhaps only, people in DC who has helped build a real (and valuable) government Twitter application. He’s well-regarded within DC and passionate about changing the way government connects with citizens.


Peter SlutskyPeter Slutsky (@pslutsky) is currently Ning‘s Strategic Relationships Manager and based in DC. Working in DC for a Silicon Valley-based tech company, Slutsky will most likely be able to manage the cultural divide and leverage his already established connections with key people within government. With Ning going through growing pains, this might be a nice transition for him.


Thoughts on who else might be the right person for the job?

How changes at Ning affect GovLoop community

In light of recent changes at Ning, the social network service that powers GovLoop, I asked founder Steve Ressler to comment on what impact this will have on the GovLoop community.

Changes at Ning can only be a good thing for GovLoop. As they mentioned in their press release, they are focusing more on delivering premium services to premier, paying networks like GovLoop.

There are lots of additional and different requirements that are needed when you run a robust 30,000 person social network like GovLoop that is different than running a 50-person free, family reunion site. For example, one key problem we have been trying to solve is with over 5,000 blogs, 700 groups, and 30,000 people, how can GovLoop members find the right content, groups, and colleagues relevant to them. These are the types of problems that Ning can focus on.

On a side note, I think it is an interesting development that government should pay attention to in Gov 2.0. I’m a big believer in low-cost to free (and open-source), tools but there is some truth to the statement “nothing in life is free.” The start-ups we all love and appreciate all need business models to survive and provide services so we shouldn’t be against paying for products that provide valuable service – it may be good for all of us in the long run.

6 politician-powered Ning networks

As the 2010 election cycle heats up, politicians will take to the Web with a fervor to raise money and vie for votes. Here are a few leading the way, creating niche social networks, leveraging platforms like Ning, to help spread their messages.

We’ll surely see more emerge in the coming months. Recommendations for those that do:

  • Explain simply and clearly what the site is about on the home page, who’s running and for what.
  • Keep it open.

Marco Rubio

Stand with Marco Rubio is the personal social network for Marco Rubio’s 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate. As a supporter, you can create your own Ning profile and join our social network. By doing this, you will be an interactive member of our network. This will provide you with the ability to add pictures from events, make comments, ask questions about the campaign, as well as donate to our efforts; all on Ning. You will also be able to discuss issues on forums as well as be able to post videos of Marco’s appearances in your area. Ning also allows people to friend and message each other. You will be able to see other people who also support Marco. Please join us as we continue on our road to victory!

Thomas Castillo

MyThomasCastillo.com: Thomas Castillo for Illinois Lieutenant Governor.

Bob McDonnell

McDonnell Action: Bob McDonnell for Virginia Governor campaign.

Tom Campbell

Campbell Connect: Tom Campbell for California Governor campaign.

Tim Ryan

Congressman Tim Ryan’s Ning Network

Joe Mallahan

Joe Mallahan for Mayor: I’m running for mayor of Seattle because I believe that current City Leadership fails to project a bold civic vision, and instead executes small plans and stumbles when delivering the most basic municipal services. Join with me and my campaign as we get moving and together, build a better Seattle.