Podcast: Twitter Rolls Out $Cashtags, Facebook Offers Live Streaming Video to Verified Accounts

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

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Listeners have asked for more frequent, shorter episodes. You asked, we listened. With this episode, GovTech Social begins a bi-weekly schedule of shows you can consume during a short walk, commute or coffee break.

GovTech Social is now the first 15 minutes of the conversation about social media in state and local government.


The city of Evanston's Luke Stowe joins hosts Dustin Haisler (e.Republic Labs), Anil Chalwa (ArchiveSocial) and Paul Taylor (govtech.com) to discuss the headlines and under-reported social media stories of the week.

Stories mentioned in This Week in Tweet:

Public Records Act Applies to All Devices

A recent Washington State Supreme Court ruling makes it clear that public business, whatever its cyber form, is still the people’s business. As the editorial board of the The Seattle Times put it, “Information technology changes. Human nature does not.” The case dealt with the use of personal mobile devices and email accounts — but what are the lessons here for social media? 

The City That Incorporated Social Media into Everything

In the September issue of Governing, Tod Newcombe reports on an overnight change in which Roanoke, Va., became a social city. In just over a year, the city saw its followers grow from about 22,000 on Facebook and Twitter to more than 100,000. City officials have found that the accounts also are starting to displace 311, with social media followers increasingly using the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages to query, complain or ask for help. 

Twitter Rolls Out $Cashtags for Payments

The move to a hashtag variant that allows people to send and receive money may be a boon for campaigns this election season, but the implications go much broader for communities to raise money through their social followings.

Facebook Opens Live Streaming Video to Verified Account Holders

Facebook is opening up its live video streaming app — which works through a standalone app called Mentions — to verified account holders. This move underscores the strategic importance for state and local agencies to go through the process of earning the blue seal and checkmark from the social media giant.


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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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