Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New report on government blogging

In our blogging classes, we've taught lots of would-be government bloggers, many of whom hesitated to put forward a public blog as a useful dedications tool for lack of precedent. Now more government officials have put their toes in the blogging pool. IBM's Center for the Business of Government has released a new report titled, "The Blogging Revolution: Government in the Age of Web 2.0." Authored by a management professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, the report describes types of blogs used by a variety of government officials: members of Congress, police departments, mayors, governors, state legislatures, university presidents, and more.

You can find a summary of the report here and the full report here. The report includes tips for government bloggers, public and private sector case studies, sample policies, and cautionary tales, and notes that several experts have been quoted saying that blogs without comments are merely glorified press releases. You'll find more examples in our recent post on other government blogs, here. Please post comments if you have links to other government blogs you recommend at the state, national, or local level. Savvy government bloggers (or hopefuls) can use this report to help make the case for a public or secure blog.

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