Should You Ignore Citizen Expectations?

By Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop I’m having my first child in 5 weeks (by “I,” I mean my wife is doing all the real work). So I’m in the process of looking for a pediatrician. As a technologist, one of my questions I keep on asking potential pediatricians is: Do you have an electronic… Read more »


4 Ways Your Organization Can Use Facebook’s New Page Features

This summer, Facebook has released several new features for Facebook Pages that allow organizations more control over creating, releasing and managing content and messages. The newest features include scheduled page posts, unpublished page posts, and page admin permissions for third-party apps. Scheduling posts is a feature previously available to Page administrators using third-party solutions, like… Read more »


How New Media and Government are combating HIV/AIDS

By John Simpson, Federal Consultant As some government agencies labor for ways to adopt the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, many have already been working towards the goal of delivering crucial government information to those who most need it and inventing more than just a mandatory response to another Executive Order. A powerful example of… Read more »


311 Call Centers versus Email and Mobile: Why You Can’t Afford Not to Make the Shift

311 call centers serve as a crucial link between the government and the public, but their costs really eat away at city budgets. That’s why more and more cities are shifting their services from call centers to less expensive channels, such as websites, email or text messages. Most service requests can be addressed digitally, helping… Read more »


Tech-Savvy Senior Citizens on the Rise

There is a common misconception that senior citizens are not actively using email or are less likely to use technology to communicate. In reality, seniors are tapping into technology more than ever. As more and more seniors integrate the Internet into their daily lives, digital communications is becoming the most efficient way to engage and… Read more »


When’s the perfect time to engage citizens?

By Amish Patel, Client Development Consultant, GovDelivery UK Many of our clients rely on us to help them implement digital communication best practices, and one of the many questions we get is, “When is the best time to launch and promote citizen engagement services?” In our minds, there is never a bad time, but in… Read more »


Coming Soon to a City Near You: Civic Technology

This morning, while hopped up on caffeine at my favorite coffee shop, I overheard two recent Washington DC grads talking. One asked the other: “So, what are your plans these days?” “Get a gig with Code for America” replied the 20-something. YEAH! I thought, smiling as I turned the pages of my latest Atlantic Monthly… Read more »


Me Government: The Critical Role of Government in the Internet’s Political Power

I’m a long time fan of the Personal Democracy Forum and am thrilled to be at PDF 2012, which is embarrassingly the first time I’ve been able to make the trip to see this important meeting of the Internet’s thought leaders in person. The theme of this year’s conference is the “Internet’s New Political Power”… Read more »


Email Communications for Government in the Era of Social Media

It’s hard to dispute that 2011 was the year of social media. The average number of tweets on Twitter rose from 50 million to 140 million. LinkedIn set records as the largest Internet IPO since Google. And over half of Facebook’s 845 million users logged in daily. Some headlines even claimed that “email is dead.”… Read more »