Archive for December 20th, 2008

I can think of only one acceptable replacement. democracy.


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If you’re a local business or a local candidate, targeted Facebook ads could be your ticket to a cheap and deep splash. One of my favorite stories from the last general election is about the Dartmouth student who won the Treasurer’s Office in Grafton County over an incumbent, and credited her win to $50 in Facebook ads.

I recently ran a targeted Facebook ad to the 800 people the site identifies as being Dublin residents. I put my photo and my name in the ad – $4 and a couple weeks later, my ad has been seen on their pages some 9,000 times. If you’re running for office, or if you’ve got a local business you’d like people to recognize and talk about – think about that.

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Have you checked out the Government 2.0 group at LinkedIn? My discussion there a few months back generated info on 2.0 initiatives by the Washington DC CIO, NASA, Utah, Mashable/Mark Drapeau, Netherlands, Washington State DOT, EPA, CDS (in Second Life), Pam Broviak and City of LaSalle, USGS, the U.S. State Department, and others. It’s a group worth joining if you’re interested in the subject.

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From #glotw and GovLoop.com, Mark Danielson, HR Director of Sitka, Alaska, interviews Adriel Hampton:

Mark Danielson: Where are you from?

Adriel Hampton: Hmm. I was born in Modesto, home of Gary Condit, Cary Stayner … I think that list goes on. Seriously, love Modesto.

Q: What are the things that make you excited?

A: Right now, Gov 2.0. I enjoy helping people, very involved in my church, job referrals, editing, giving bcs life is good

Q: If you could pick your perfect job, what would it be?

A: Governmental affairs officer in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Q: That would be an awesome job! I know we’re on the same page about giving back to our communities, what is your current project?

A: Presently I’m trying to get SF legislators to implement a bit of 2.0. Also helping some Dublin guys with a Citizen 2.0 site, blogging

Q: I really like the Dublin stuff ; the city projects , and About Dublin. What kind of resistance is there against 2.0 projects?

A: I think it’s new things, esp. when budgets are in the tank. But do officials REALLY want citizen interaction? Not all of ’em, I think

Q: Quote from my City Manager:” Do all that stuff you’re talking about (web design,) Just leave out the comments and blogging stuff.” Ouch

A: Yes, I think the real barrier for municipalities is that you empower the public, things get a bit messier. Execs sense that

Q: Are there any top officials or managers blogging in Dublin or SF?

A: Not really that I know of. Well, one SF supe, but comments are disabled and it’s political. He goes after the mayor

A: I also think a 2.0 problem is anonymous comments. I think that was a big problem with AOL, and will be HUGE for Gov 2.0

Q: Hey, you’ve made some choices (from your bio, very interesting,) in your life, what’s the one that worked out the best?

A: Can I pick two? Want to say becoming a Christian, marrying my wife.

Q: God bless you both. Great answer. I skipped over anonymous comments. I think that might be our biggest hurdle. How to jump it

A: Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought and discussion. Intent and purpose. You need a good culture where user/owners steer in the open.

Q: Tough question for 140 characters! Agreed, openness is a center of gravity. Fun time: What is your favorite Wallace Stevens poem?

A: Have to admit I’ve only read one collection. “The Man with the Blue Guitar” and “A Weak Mind in the Mountains” caught my attention

Q: Gosh I love that guy. Favorite green project?

A: Have to say Better Place, bringing electric car networks to cities around the world. I’m big on sustainability, after Tokyo.

Q: Tokyo is nuts. Just plain. I pray every day for us to make progress with these passions and projects. Last one: What gives you hope?

A: My faith, my family, my friends. Kids, especially my kids. Happy about Obama, too 🙂

Q: Thanks Adriel, I think you are just awesome. Shakers, doers, dreamers and workers like you make our country great. And very cool.

A: You too, Mark, you too. Keep rockin’ Sitka! That’s a wrap.

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Interested in Government 2.0 and social media? Here’s a great beginners list of cool Twitter people:

@krazykriz – amazing Government 2.0 collaborator, co-founder of http://www.iampublicservice.com

@ariherzog – he’s a giving networker and a real pro

@trib – smart, helpful Aussie, check!

@CCseed – because everybody needs Jung quotes; he just got high speed net, so watch out!

@You2Gov – it’s our democracy, dammit!

@meghan1018 – the only twitter mom I follow?/my cool local peep

@bobgower – bobcanhelp

@anthonyidem – he gets it, and stays humble

@amcafee – because #andyasks is so darn fun!

@helenmosher – if she follows anyone else, Helen will never finish grad school!; SignalMag

@THE_REAL_SHAQ – More powerful than a locomotive, and @ChrisBrogan, even!

@msunitedstates – Did you know Ms. US is a big-time social media grrl? She’s got 3 accounts.

#govloop – hash-tag search for members of Steve Ressler’s GovLoop.com, the community for Gov 2.0 innovators.

Sign on to Twitter/add your handle in the comments!

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