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.
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