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Friday, September 16, 2011

An example of what I do at work

For those of you who wonder what I do during my internship, the truth is that I wear many hats. I do social media, I create newsletters, I go to conferences and write live blogs, and I create a lot of discussions/forums, such as the one below. "GovBytes" is a series that highlights articles featured in "Government Technology", one of our partners. I do similar posts with pieces from the "Washington Post". Since not all of you are on GovLoop, I figured I would give you a little sneak peek of my work.

GovBytes: Will Government Agencies Adopt Google+?

This summer, Google decided to take a stab at the social networking market, and created "Google+". After accumulating over 18 million users in just a few months, it is reasonable to believe that Google+ is on the way to being as popular as other social networking sites such as Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook.

So now the question is...

Will Government Agencies Adopt Google Plus?

According to an article on "Government Technology", the answer is "not quite yet".

“Businesses and organizations can’t really have an official presence there because [Google Plus] — as it is now — wants to keep all the accounts as personal accounts,” said Lee Yount, a program analyst for the Catawba County, N.C., Technology Department. “But that creates quite the challenge for business organizations for external means of communication to the public.”

Yount said his department is potentially interested in using Google Plus when the time — and features — are right.

Supporters of Google+ claim that its features, such as organizing contacts into "circles" and chatting with groups in "huddles" and "hangouts", are ideal for organizing and managing content distribution. On the other hand, Google+ has major privacy issues that need to be sorted out if government agencies want to use them, and it is yet another social media account that needs to be monitored.

As a government employee, what do you think? Will your agency adopt Google+?


"GovBytes" is a blog series created by GovLoop in partnership with Government Technology. If you see great a story on Gov Tech and want to ask a question around it, please send it to

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