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Monday, September 28, 2009

GovLoop throws gov a loop

NOTE: This is content from the web re:Brand posts going back to November 2010. We have kept the re:Brand posts as a legacy archive but, on a go forward basis as of October, 2011, the new DATA eh? content takes over this space.

A great social media tool a lot of government employees are using is GovLoop.  Think facebook for government.  We can do every kind of social engagement from creating a group to creating an event.  Following up on my last blog, GovLoop provides lots of ways for connecting and I've gotten huge amounts of insight from participating.

Today (Sept 28) I read that GovDelivery purchased GovLoop. EarthTimes reports:
"This union brings together two leaders in government 2.0 at a time when digital communication, transparency, openness and collaboration in government are a top national priority and growing exponentially." 

There are plans for a Canadian offshoot (stemming from discussions that continued at WIREDcamp) and who knows where all of this might lead.  I hope we don't see advertisements and the like but, I suppose, if it becomes tax dollars funding something like this over sponsors, you might make a case that ads would offset the costs.

I admit I haven't dived into the background of GovLoop economics enough to know who is paying for server space etc. but I know I like the tool a lot.  Good luck GovDelivery and continued success. SM spots like yours really do throw some shift into governments and how we talk to each other.

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