DISA's Facebook test throws a scare

The Defense Information Systems Agency created some confusion on July 7 when it posted a notice on its Facebook page that its offices were open. What could have happened that would cause anyone to think they might be closed?

Nothing, as it turned out.  After some quizzical responses from Facebook fans of the DISA page, the agency quickly clarified that it was simply testing out the site’s use for broadcasting messages to personnel.

“Sorry for any confusion, folks. This morning we demonstrated to leadership how both Facebook and Twitter can be used to provide operating status updates to the workforce (in the event of inclement weather, emergency situations, etc.),” the follow-up post read.

Laura Williams, DISA public affairs spokesperson, confirmed that the first message was a test run.

“Perhaps the ‘EXERCISE EXERCISE’ or ‘TEST TEST’ header and footer would be appropriate in such a case,” suggested DISA Facebook page user Chuck Milam.

The original message read: "The Defense Information Systems Agency is OPEN. Employees are expected to report to their worksite or begin telework on time."

Immediately after DISA posted that message, fan Jim Durham Jr. asked: "Was DISA closed this morning???" Other Facebook friends also inquired.

After DISA posted the explanation, Facebook friend Amy Barnes commented, "I bit my proverbial tongue from joking about a snow day in 90 degree heat."

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Reader comments

Tue, Nov 15, 2011

http://iase.disa.mil/ has been off line for the past two days, and off intermitantly for the past week and a half at least. On-line security training used by multiple Federal agencies for their employees and contractors is hosted on this site.

Sat, Jul 30, 2011

Why? This serves no functional purpose and only supports the ability for aging leaders to claim they participated in social networking. Waste of resources!

Mon, Jul 11, 2011 Reader in Ohio Ohio

Did anyone else see the BIG keywords in this article, Is not Faceobook or Twitter, or the test message its this "we demonstrated to leadership ". So its exactly like where I work, LEADERSHIP is so far behind the Electronic Times! Didnt leadership know about Facebook and Twitter and they had to have a small sentence broadcast to all to PROVE the system works! Now you know why the Government is in Trouble! Someone had to demostrat something again to Leadership. Who is the real leaders? Why wasnt it Leadership who was doing the demostration?

Fri, Jul 8, 2011

That's all we need, is a few more people having to look at their blackberry while they are driving, to check updates.

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