October 25, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
Where were all the top tech leaders in state government this week? They were here with me in San Diego (well, I tagged along) for the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
When I asked attendees to name the hottest topic talked about at the event, mobility issues received a big nod. I also got a peek at what NASCIO is all about as I chatted with organization president Dugan Petty. Michigan CIO David Behen shared why events that keep state tech leaders talking with each other are uber important.
Send a tweet with hashtag #GovGirl and let me know what government conferences and events you plan on attending this year. I'll be at #AGTS12 next week!
October 18, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
Getting attendees to your traditional public meeting is sometimes tough to do, so let's take it up a notch and host a Twitter Town Hall.
Although you're not meeting face-to-face (though you could include a video aspect like the White House did last year), you still have the ability to converse about important issues. Plus, you get to leverage the social tool to show citizens that you aim to connect with them in places outside the walls of your government building.
Use this video as a guide for hosting a Twitter Town Hall. I've included advice from the U.S. Health & Human Services Department and what they learned from Town Halls for their Stop Bullying campaign. Don't let the convo stop there — send a tweet with hashtag #GovGirl, and share with me your tips for participating in a Twitter Town Hall.
October 10, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
I love hearing about government getting social online. My personal favorite is when I see agencies using humor to connect with citizens. Even if your agency isn't quite ready to engage in that way, check out a recent conversation I had with Nicole Sunstrum from Michigan.gov. The state's social media specialist is a busy woman, but she found time to share some advice for governments that are just getting started and may feel a bit overwhelmed with social media.
Send a tweet with hashtag #GovGirl and tell me about some of your favorite government social media moments!
October 4, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
The 2012 Digital States Survey grades were announced Tuesday, Oct. 2, here on GovTech.com. Watch my quick GovGirl video overview on which states are making the grade in digital technology and which aren't. For extra credit, send a tweet with hashtag #GovGirl, and let me know what you think about the state grades.
September 26, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
Most videos produced by government agencies don't get many views. How can we make them go viral?
Government Technology’s Kristy Fifelski – known in the IT industry as GovGirl -- talks with the creators of a new video parody of the popular Call Me Maybe music video. The San Francisco City Attorney’s version, Pay Me Maybe, was produced to publicize a hotline number to call for information on repayment eligibility of payday loans from a recent court ruling.
GovGirl chats via Google Hangout with Jen Drake, deputy director of community relations for the San Francisco Attorney’s Office; and Luke Stowe, Web communication specialist for Evanston, Ill.
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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