The federal government launched a Facebook page to give agencies tips and impetus to set up and run their presence on Facebook. The page offers links to agency pages already on Facebook, guides, and updates to government Facebook activity.
The federal government launched a Facebook page to give agencies tips and impetus to set up and run their presence on Facebook. The page offers links to agency pages already on Facebook, guides, and updates to government Facebook activity.Some 23 agencies have set up Facebook sites, said Tim Saparini, Facebook Washington representative, when he announced the launch recently. But Facebook and social media have been controversial in government; the U.S. Marines banned Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social media, except in specific cases where it's needed.
The U.S. government has 1.8 million employees, it should be able to do a lot better than 593 fans. Even the InformationWeek fan page, which serves a community smaller than the U.S. government, has 542 fans (not a lot--but by gosh we're plucky).
Also: Federal Computer Week looks at the top 10 government agencies on Twitter. The numbers there are much bigger than that Facebook Government page: The White House is #1 with more than a million followers, followed by CDC Emergency with more than 800,000. The comparison is not entirely fair: the Facebook Government page is aimed at insiders, providing tips and info on getting government agencies on Facebook, while the Twitter feeds are aimed at the general public. Still, the differing numbers might indicate that Twitter is more suitable than Facebook for government business.
InformationWeek has published an in-depth report on leading-edge government IT -- and how the technology involved may end up inside your business. Download the report here (registration required).
Follow InformationWeek on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn:
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?