'Facebook for Feds' Hits 10,000 Members
GovLoop.com, the social networking site for public sector employees crossed the 10,000-member milestone this week, less than a year from its launch. The site lags far, far, far behind social media superstars Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, but it serves as an easy way for bureaucrats to swap ideas and suggestions in a quick, easy format.
Users have shared ideas on improving the acquisition process, provided suggestions for the Obama administration's Open Government Memo and helped develop best practices for government agencies' use of social media. The site's accomplishments come as the federal government continues its embrace of Web 2.0 technologies: President Obama has adapted the weekly radio address to the Internet; the General Services Administration has announced a partnership with Facebook; and Google announced plans to launch a search tool helping Web users more easily find public information.
GovLoop's membership includes thousands of federal, state and local government employees in the United States, government employees from Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and a few journalists who cover the bureaucracies. (Full disclosure: The Eye is a GovLoop member. Friend me!)
Next week the site will serve as the online home for Public Service Recognition Week, inviting participants to share ideas on improving government.
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