A GovLoop.com Sampler
Editor's Note: Steve Ressler, a 2009 Federal 100 winner for his work as creator of a social network for government employees, points out some of his favorite features and content from GovLoop.com.
By Steve Ressler
GovLoop.com aims to be the Facebook for government employees. More than 7,500 people working for federal, state, and local agencies have joined the nearly year-old community Web site to exchange ideas about career development, leadership skills and best practices for government. Here are some excerpts that show why GovLoop is interesting, useful and fun.
From a forum called “Top 10 GovLoop Twitters.”
Excerpt: One member offers these as his favorite Twitter users to follow:
"@pbroviak — virtual worlds, mom, Public Works director, just awesome
@bgreeves — Muni Gov 2.0, stylish geek (no longer self-proclaimed, pal!)
@david_tallan — whip-smart, representing Ontario"
Why I like this: What began as my list of Top 10 GovLoop Twitters turned into a great topic of fascinating government folks on Twitter.
Special interest groups
Excerpt: Government 2.0 club
At this 450-member group, people are discussing topics such as "Using a wiki in administrative rule-making."
Why I like this: There are over 300 groups on the site ranging from Geeks in Government, GovLeaders, Open Source Software and Federally Employed Women.
Member of the Week
Excerpt: Don Jacobson, State Department Consul General and creator of GovLeaders.org.
"Difficult problems go away if you actually deal with them. I know that sounds obvious, but it’s a hard thing for a lot of managers to do. I’m pleased to report that it can be learned.”
Why I like this: Each week a GovLoop member selects and interviews another member for this feature, where they discuss everything from their jobs to their hobbies and favorite technologies.
From the blog "Social Media vs. Your Security Clearance"
Excerpt: “I am trying to find out is whether it's true that being on Twitter will jeopardize one's security clearance, as several people in a workshop I'm at today said was true.”
Responds another member: "I am not a member of Twitter (and will not be one until I retire) because the threat to a security clearance makes sense."
Why I like this: It’s a great discussion on a practical but important matter for government employees regarding the use of Web 2.0.
From the blog “Got State and Local Gov 2.0 Examples?”
Excerpt, responding to a blogger's call for help: "Thought I would share the Web site www.brewertransition.org. This Web site serves as transition information for the state of Arizona's Governor's office, Secretary of State Jan Brewer — she has links on this Web site for 'Brew Tube,' her Facebook page, as well as Twitter."
Why I like this: It’s a great example of members helping each other, which is what GovLoop is all about.