Thank you to everyone who came to our Sunday morning session/discussion on choosing online strategies and tools for government officials. By popular request, here are 2 lists that we came up with from the session:

1) A list of case studies of elected officials online to check out for ideas and comparisons, and

2) a list of tools to check out and consider using for any government office or elected official just getting online.

Case Studies of Govt. Officials Online

Rep. Steve Israel

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Rep. Mike Honda

Rep. Mike Rogers

Mayor Cory Booker, Newark – great case study of a local politician using social media, esp. Twitter

CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen – state level politician who is very engaged in social media

Rep. Bob Latta — great example of Member of Congress using mobile/SMS technology — one of the first Reps to do so

Sen. Claire McCaskill — excellent use of Twitter & Tumblr

Useful Tools to Consider

Facebook

Twitter

Youtube

TwitVid – great for sharing videos on Twitter

Bit.ly – share & track analytics on links

TweetCongress - find other Members of Congress on Twitter

GovTwit - huge directory of government officials on Twitter

TweetProgress – directory of progressives on Twitter

Qik – useful for livestreaming video

SMS – check Bob Latta’s website for ideas on how to use mobile tech to communicate with citizens

GovPulse – search the federal register

DataMasher.org – mash up various types of govt data

3 comments on this post.

  1. Michael Walsh:

    Thought I’d share one more useful tool to consider: LegiStalker. Legistalker provides real time tracking of legislators’ activities on social web sites, in the news, and on the Capitol floor in real time. In the Apps for America Contest, the Legistalker application was awarded second place.

    Check out: http://www.legistalker.org.

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