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Social Media Still Has Skeptics in Government

Thirty-two percent of GovTech survey respondents say they think social media and social networks are of limited usefulness or no value in their government workplace.

Social media and networking websites have spanned the globe, but these free-to-use online services continue to be greeted with skepticism within some government workplaces.

Twenty-seven percent of government IT professionals working in state or local government aren’t allowed to access social media and networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook at work, while 20 percent said these online sites are of limited usefulness in the workplace. Another 12 percent said they are of no value at all.

The findings came from a new Government Technology survey based on responses from 100 members of the GovTech Exchange, an online community of senior-level IT professionals from state and local government.

On the whole, according to the data below, adoption and enthusiasm for websites like Facebook and Twitter appears to be vigorous.