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My fall schedule is quite busy, and I’m looking forward to meet many of my social media friends at several upcoming speaking engagements.

So you’ll know where to find me:

Citizen 2.0 Workshop – Sunday, Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m., Fairfield, CA – I’ll be leading a session on social media for progressive activists and campaign workers at the Solano County Democratic Party Headquarters;

NAGW National Conference – Sept. 21-22, St. Louis, MO – I’ll be leading a workshop and a regular conference session on social media for government;

CityCampSF – Oct. 16-17, San Francisco, CA – I’m an organizer of this unconference, and will be proposing sessions on social media, neighborhood beautification and mobile apps, and a public art location-based app check-in race;

Beyond 2010 – October 20-23, Edmonton, AB, Canada – I’ll be speaking in Edmonton on the 21st, on “Sci-fi, Digital Society and the Future of Governance,” holding a social media workshop for City of Edmonton’s IT branch, and meeting up with friends from Twitter and Empire Avenue;

How To: Podcasting – October 28, Oakland, CA – Joe Hackman and I are the guest speakers at Jonathan Fleming’s East Bay LocalPreneurs meetup, talking about our respective podcasts and sharing tips;

Gravity Summit – November 8-9, Irvine, CA – I’ll be keynoting the Social Media and Government event, talking about going to the next level with conversation and collaboration for governments and campaigns;

Keep up with me on Twitter, and I’ll be Plancasting these events as well. Hope to see you soon!

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For at least that past two years, a tiny yet fast-growing group of folks who call themselves “Gov 2.0 advocates” has worked tirelessly to spread a message that emerging technologies, low-cost communications and digital culture can reshape government to be more collaborative, transparent, efficient and connected to its citizens.

We have advocated for humanizing government, and for using new tools to bring more citizens into the deliberative process and to help shape the future of both our democracy and the bureaucracy. One of the main tools for the Gov 2.0 movement has been social media, as activists and line workers join technologists and political reformers in calling for more open communication between officials and agencies and the public they represent and serve.

Last week, Government 2.0 – a term first used by Bill Eggers in his 2005 e-gov-focused book of the same name, and that has become almost synonymous with Web 2.0 as developers have turned on to the promise of government-brokered data troves and universal open standards – won a significant victory. Twitter, the popular social media messaging service that has serves as a platform for thousands of startups using its architecture and user base, announced that it is hiring for its first field office, focused on the government sector.

Twitter Goes to DC
Twitter’s job posting and further remarks by corporate spokesman Sean Garrett explain the DC-based position as the first step towards a public affairs unit, with support for innovative and engaging uses of Twitter in politics and policymaking. A new blog by Garrett and his team has since March been highlighting interesting government uses of the platform, from San Francisco’s integration of Twitter and 311 non-emergency service requests, to construction updates and border crossing wait times by tweet, to the British Prime Minister’s communications usage.

Twitter, thanks to millions of active and aggressive content-sharers and innovators around the world, has transformative powers. Conan O’Brien took to the service to recreate himself after losing his show, creating numerous accounts, rallying his fan base and using the free and frenetic publicity it to launch a comedy tour. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, after panning Twitter as trite, has become one of its staunchest advocates, using it to deliver and amplify commentary on everything from film to politics to sport and humanism. Newark Mayor Corey Booker has used it to spread a hands-on philosophy of hope far beyond his New Jersey township.

Twitter Grows Due to User Innovations
Twitter’s growth and popular features have often evolved from the minds and whims of its user base, from the intensely popular “retweet” convention for repeating and affirming others’ messages, to the hashtag form of semantic tagging in its short messages, to Follow Friday, the day that tweeps around the world recognize friends and favorites.

Government 2.0 – which first hit Twitter’s mainstream of “trending topics” during a March 16, 2009, pilot broadcast of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast including govies, contractors and consultants calling in from South by Southwest and their DC-area homes – is now set to join the legacy of user-driven Twitter conventions. The first Twitter office outside of San Francisco will help connect politicians with their constituents and agencies with the public. It will help serve an engaged and innovative Government 2.0 movement, while that movement continues to shape and grow Twitter’s utility.

Government 2.0 and the use of social media for politics and public service are still in their infancy, but it’s safe to say that Twitter’s new focus on this arena is a milestone of which we can be proud.


References:

Clever Twitter Accounts – Government

How Conan O’Brien Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Twitter

Roger Ebert – Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!

Global Gov 2.0 – A Twitter List

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3/14/10 – Donald McIntosh of SpaceTimeResearch.com on data visualization
3/28/10 – Jess Weiss and Brad Blake from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on social media in government
4/1/10 – ReadMedia on creating social media for local governments
4/11/10 – Gretchen Curtis on Nebula, NASA’s cloud computing initiative
4/18/10 – Ted Nguyen and RailSafeSarah of the OCTA on using social media for engagement
4/25/10 – Christina Gagnier and Lisa Borodkin on the legal implications of social media in government
5/2/10 Sid Burgess and OK State Rep. Jason Murphey
5/9/10 – Joel Whitaker on using social media and emerging technologies for world peace
5/16/10 – Amy Sinclair of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on that agency’s integrated social media efforts
5/23/10 – Armed with Science
5/30/10 – OhMyGov!
June – Beth Noveck, White House lead for the Open Government Initiative
~ Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant and producer of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast.

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Plenty of folks add their Twitter activity to their blogs. Want to take it up a notch for your topic- or location-specific Web site?

All you’ve got to do it grab the Twitter RSS feed for a search term and add it to a text/html box on your site. I’ve got a feed for “Government 2.0,” just check the right column of my page to see what it looks like. You could do it for “San Francisco,” “social media,” “Barack Obama” or anything else you can imagine and that people are tweeting about.

Please let us know about your sites and new Twitter feeds in the comments!

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Hmm, damned by faint praise?grader-dublin

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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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