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      Australian Government Embraces Social Media

      Jul 19, 2011
      The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is embracing social media. According to a cio.com article, a taskforce report in response to the launch of the government 2.0 initiative revealed that government agencies in Australia are creating accounts on Twitter and Facebook and have started to use blogging sites and RSS feeds.

      The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is embracing social media. According to a cio.com  article, a taskforce report in response to the launch of the government 2.0 initiative revealed that government agencies in Australia are creating accounts on Twitter and Facebook and have started to use blogging sites and RSS feeds. 

      In an effort to increase good communication about the work being done with the government 2.0 initiative, AGIMO released the documents that recorded the usage of these social media sites.

      “These lists are another step towards creating a more effective register of agency Government 2.0 activity,” AGIMO first secretary, John Sheridan, wrote on AGIMO’s official blog.

      Sheridan expressed that he thought the release of the information on social media sites will support greater government engagement and transparency.

      According to the article, the report revealed that almost 50 federal agencies now have Facebook pages, some in the form of official pages for an agency and others in the form of specific public campaigns. Cio.com reported that not only are government agencies turning to Facebook, even more are turning to Twitter. The Defence and Health Department, AusAID [the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program], and the Australian Bureau are just a few of the 100 agencies that have created Twitter accounts.

      According to the article, 364 news feeds via RSS are being run on government websites. And agencies like the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations the Department of Finance and Deregulation, and the national library of Australia have created blogs.

      The report released by AGIMO also noted that 133 Web 2.0-related initiatives were being run by agencies, including the creation of information portals and tools, campaigns, and data warehouses.

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