Government Technology magazine has a new article about the different uses being found for Twitter in the public sector, highlighting some popular applications — including the use of Twitter for emergency notifications (something I’ve written about before). They even provide a Twitter “primer” for CIOs.
As the use of microblogging platforms by the public sector increase, I think the need for some basic standards will grow more acute.
It would be nice to see an organization like NASCIO or a similar organization step in and provide some guidance to governments that would help make public-sector Twitter accounts easier to find and more consistent.
A friend just made me wise to an interesting event taking place in just a few minutes:
FEMA Administrator David Paulison will be available from 3 -3:30 pm Monday, Jan 12, 2009, to give a message and reply to questions using the agencyâ€™s Twitter account, femainfocus. The agencyâ€™s top official will discuss where FEMA was, where it is now, and where he sees it going.
This looks like a pretty novel way of using Twitter to communicate with the public, and I’m interested to see how it goes.