Integral (Web 2.0 + Gov 1.0) With Min Limit From Yr 2008 To Yr 2012 = GovLoop

I hope you all have had a chance to check out my recent posts about Gov 2.0 and GovLuv. There is another Gov thing called Govloop in DC.They have been around for over a year.

Govloop was founded by Steve Ressler who came into the government in 2004. The site was launched last year and was acquired by GovDelivery a few month ago. So, they are now a division of GovDelivery, and Steve, has been running the site independently from GovDelivery since the acquisition. Their mission is to integrate Web 2.0 goodies into the old government known as Gov 1.0 . As for the limit from 2008 to 2012 I used in the equation, well, based on how Webenized the Obama administration has been, I can totally see the potential for Govloop during this administration. But not sure about the next one. So, if we end up having another one similar to old Bush-Chaney regime in 2012, I just can’t imagine republicans allow the Government continues to stay as open as it is today.

Anyway, back to Govloop. Steve saw a real need to have a place online where different branches of government employees could talk or share ideas on various topics or ask questions. That’s why he launched the site. As of today, they have about 23,000 members since their launch date. Not a big number compare to 350 m of Facebook, but I guess it is a decent number if we are talking only US Government community.

As for their parent company, GovDelivery, they are a software-as-a-service, cloud computing platform that government agencies use to communicate. For example, people can sign up to receive information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about specific topics and have that information delivered via GovDelivery.

One challenge they might be facing is the possible set back from several Government officials who still think social networking is a distraction and waste of time. They just have to find a way to demonstrate the ROI to them. Govloop needs to show them that they can help them to get more work done effectively and fast. It will be fascinating to see how Govloop and GovDelivery overcome this. Wish them luck!

As I mentioned in my previous post, Gov 2.0 initiatives are very important and critical for all of us – the citizens, the Senators, The Congressmen, the Senate, the White house, etc. Gov 2.0 unlocks stores of data that can better inform and empower us, the citizens, to have an impact on our communities, governments, and the decisions being made. We have all experienced the difference when there is a free and clear line of communication between citizens and their government, and seen the powerful things that can happen. So, I hope they can convey this message to the Gov 1.0 people who are standing on their way.

What’s also interesting, they have a Fund called AwesomeGov Fund which aims to highlight, honor and support government by raising awareness about government-related individuals, groups and programs that are inspiring in their ability to create impact and make government better. They are committing a minimum of 5% of all their revenue in 2010 to the “AwesomeGov” Charity fund.

So, I guess Govloop is all about helping US Government employees to talk to each other effectively via their site. While, GovLuv establishes an effective and clear line of communication between us, the citizen and both our congressmen and Senators via their site.

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Web 1.0 + Integral of (Web 2.0 + Gov 1.0) = Gov 2.0 in Washington, DC

Hey, I got to use my math and physics background somewhere in the world of social media once in a while :-)

Thanks to:

a) The death of Web 1.0 in 2002 when I was running my first social media company telezoo.com

b) The birth and the raise of Web 2.0 in 2003/2004 around the time myspace and facebook were born, when I was running my social search company searchles

c) And, with special thanks to our current president who went crazy on the Web 2.0 and by doing so won the elections…

I am proud to be one out of thousands of grassroots supporters of the new “Gov 2.0”. Actually, the term has been around for a year, beginning shortly after our new president took office.

In a nutshell, Gov 2.0 is the idea of applying Web 2.0 services such as social networks (Facebook), micro blogging (Twitter), online streaming video (Youtube) to the government practices – bringing together old processes and new technology. Here is the definition of Gov 2.0 from several other people involved in the field:

After we all saw how George Bush and his lackeys kept the nation in the dark for eight years while his buddies got richer and richer as he sent our great nation down the toilet, I think Gov 2.0 initiatives are very important and critical for all of us – the citizens, the Senators, The Congressmen, the Senate, the White house, etc. Gov 2.0 unlocks stores of data that can better inform and empower us, the citizens, to have an impact on our communities, governments, and the decisions being made.

We have all experienced the difference when there is a free and clear line of communication between citizens and their government, and seen the powerful things that can happen. Gov 2.0 means doing the same plus utilizing the power of Web 2.0, including one of the company I recently covered GovLuv.

Having worked in social media and telecom space in Washington, DC for the past 12 years, I can tell change is here.

Anyway, there is a Gov 2.0 Expo in May 2010 at the Washington Convention Center, and they are currently calling for Presentations. So, if you are in the space and interested in getting coverage, here is the opportunity. You have until Jan 6th to do your thing (I’m checking, and it seems that they just extended their dates to Jan 6th).

The chair for the event is a friend of mine, Mark Drapeau, who used to work at the National Defense University. I met Mark over three years ago when I was still running my DC based social search company, Searchles.

Gov 2.0 Expo will showcase the real-world application of Web 2.0 technologies in government and municipal sectors, featuring a practical program that will teach government employees and contractors how to apply technology practices to government programs, and in turn
introduce new companies to the government market.

Just for you to get an idea of what the Conference will Include, the tracks are:

• Policy

• Technology
• Challenges
• People

Hope to see you all there!

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Introducing A More Effective Way To Bitch At Your Senator or Congressman – GovLuv

I had dinner with the Executive Director of Open Forum Foundation, Wayne Burke in downtown, DC last night. I also had a pleasure of meeting with his team during the dinner. Great projects they got going on. The most interesting one called GovLuv which is supposed to connect government representatives and citizens through Twitter.

Not quite sure yet, but depending on the execution and direction of the company, it has the potential to become a massive micro social networking site for the citizen and their reps in the government. If it flies, I guess the model can be applied for any other democratic country. I just can’t see how it’s going to work for countries like China, Iran, North Korea and others like them. They recently launched the beta version of the site. GovLuv, in a nutshell creates a direct line of communication between you and your senator or congressman via Twitter so you can do all your bitching to them effectively. Boy! Didn’t we need something like this while Bush was in power. Not that they would listen anyway.

Technically, GovLuv is a new Twitter-based tool that provides a geographically-organized directory of political and governmental leaders along with their Twitter handles. It also allows politicians to identify tweets from their constituents. It is billed as a way for “connecting government representatives and citizens”, for a “more productive two-way dialogue”.

It is pretty easy to use. Simply, enter your full address which helps them to find the right representative for you. Then, you can create a Twitter list of your representative which instantly connects you with your reps in government on Twitter. Last, click to connect to Twitter.

They are currently looking for investment from Angels investors, VCs or even Non-profit organization. I was asked if I could also get involved with the company. Let’s see.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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