April 24, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
My layover in Fort Worth gave me the perfect chance to chat with tomorrow's leaders (okay, my niece and nephews) about the new Texas.gov website redesign. It's off to a great start with an html 5 and CSS3 foundation, and we loved the responsive design. The new site handled well on my iPad, and they've added a touch of color to what used to be a boldly white design.
As a reminder to always try and have a bit of fun, we attempted to revive the Harlem Shake. What I learned here is that some trends should stay gone…
April 23, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
Big news today from GovGirl sponsor, Accela, Inc. The government solutions company is unveiling a new business model, citizen reporting app, and a new tagline: Civic Good.
Accela CEO Maury Blackman announces a new Civic Cloud program and the beta version of Civic Hero, a citizen-reporting mobile app for community issues such as graffiti, potholes or damaged public property to local government.
Learn more about Accela's announcement: http://bit.ly/15Ftp76
April 17, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy, the city of Boston is now using the #OneBoston promoted hashtag. A promoted hashtag usually means companies pay Twitter a lot of money to make it appear at the top of the feed. In this case, however, Twitter waived the fees.
Follow conversation on the tools, strategies and best practices of using social media in emergency management by following #smem on Twitter.
Since I mentioned the Longmont hackathon a couple of weeks ago, several of you contacted me about your own hackathons. Alameda County and Hack4Colorado are mentioned in the video, and I noted another great site to announce your hackathon.
We’re trying to figure out how we can use "mood technology" in the form of, you heard it right, electronic cat ears. Is there remotely any application for government?
April 10, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
This week's GovGirl video had to cover Google's announcement that Austin, Texas, is the next city to get super-fast Google fiber internet service. I remember a couple years back when cities did all manner of crazy stunts to be named the first city to get the 100 times faster than now internet (Kansas City won that round).
We just launched a new website to connect government IT type people with each other online, and a new group for web and new media folks is a part of it. Join the networking site and invite your friends!
A picture says a thousand words, which is why I loved the article on CIO Bill Greeve's advice about using infographics in government. I took a stab at my own infographic in this week's video. What do you think?
April 3, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
Check out the cover of this month's Governing magazine with a ginormous hashtag, #hackergov. They told me using #hackergov is a way to share stories that focus on new ways of rethinking how to solve government challenges. Sounds cool to me, and I'm going to try it out and see what other stories I find.
Speaking of #hackergov, Susan Wolak at the city of Longmont, Colo., told me about their plans for Longmont's first hackathon. I featured it in this video because I like their well-rounded promotional approach. They created a UserVoice site to have citizens vote on what to do with government data, made some promo videos, got some local support and are gearing up for their April 12 hackathon.
My last trending topic is another note about the new YouTube channel design. It impacts the look of your channel, so I'm plugging last week's GovGirl video - where I showed you the new features and changes they are rolling out.
Kristy is known as "GovGirl" in the government technology industry. She is a former city government web manager who has a passion for social media, technology and the lighter side of government life.
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