Podcast: Social Strategy for 2016, Plus Politwoops' Return and Twitter Breaks its 140-Character Limit

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

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In our latest episode, Government Technology writer and Assistant Editor Eyragon Eidam joins regulars Anil Chawla from ArchiveSocial, Dustin Haisler of e.Republic Labs and GovTech's Paul Taylor for a look at the year ahead for social media in state and local government. Also on tap:

  • a four-part social strategy for 2016;
  • social media’s essential role in the election campaign; and
  • the promise and pitfalls of a 10,000-character tweet.

Also mentioned in this episode:

Kentucky Considers Bill Banning Certain Social Media PostsThe state law would prohibit posting photos or information about accidents that could involve serious injuries before the police have notified the victim's family or friends.

Twitter Brings Back PolitwoopsFrom GovTech’s This Week in Civic Tech, writer Jason Shueh looks at the return of Politwoops after Twitter restores access to its API. This pending restoration of access to deleted tweets from elected and appointed officials is a victory for transparency proponents and another hopeful sign after the return of Jack Dorsey as Twitter's CEO. 

Promise and Pitfalls of a 10,000-Character TweetDorsey (#JackisBack) also confirmed plans to break the 140-character limit on Tweets while much gained, it also means something lost for the micro-blogging service.

Facebook Expands Live Streaming, introduces Immersive Video: Twitter-owned Persiscope is only one of the reasons why — and it promises to change the way states and localities do social media.


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Paul W. Taylor is the Executive Editor at E.Republic and of its flagship titles - Government Technology and Governing.
Dustin Haisler is the chief innovation officer of Emergency Management’s parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As chief innovation officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector.
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