A new day for GovLoop

The popular social-networking site made headlines last week when founder Steve Ressler sold it to GovDelivery

GovLoop founder Steve Ressler made headlines last week by selling his popular social-networking site to GovDelivery, a Minneapolis-based vendor that offers public communication services to government agencies.

Ressler had been managing the site, which has attracted 20,000 users in just 15 months, during evenings and weekends while holding a day job at the Homeland Security Department. Now GovLoop is his full-time job.

“Perhaps this government loss will also be a government gain, as Ressler will be able to devote both his day- and nighttime jobs to connect government employees to each other to improve government,” wrote Adelaide O'Brien, an analyst at market research firm IDC Government Insights.

But man-about-town and consultant Mark Amtower is somewhat skeptical, noting that the site was popular in part because it was managed by a government insider. “Now that it is no longer run by and for feds, it will lose much of the 'one of us' feel that it had,” he wrote in a comment posted on FCW’s story about the acquisition.

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Reader comments

Fri, Oct 2, 2009 Steve Ressler

I think it is realistic for people to have some questions and concerns as I make the change. One thing I am adamant about is that I will maintain the spirit and authenticity of the site. I'm 3rd generation fed and will be in public service my whole life so I am only interested in making goverment. I think this opportunity allows me to connect more government at a broader scale and do more good. I'm excited about the possiblity to really make gov't more efficient at a grand scale. Yes I'm that dorky. GovLoop has always been an unofficial government site - done on the side, no gov't approval,and built on Ning. So in a sense, this change is making it more clear what GovLoop is. And much as FCW is a private company but does a lot of good for government. I hope GovLoop does the same. Steve From day

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