Podcast: Is Sarcasm Safer Than Humor in Social Media?

Introducing the podcast for getting your wits around the shock of the new. The newly rebooted Not Safe For Government platform focuses on applied innovation in state and local government.

by , / March 27, 2017

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There is still plenty of GovTech Social in the newly renamed and rebooted Not Safe For Government (NSFG) podcast.  In fact, we have been working to make social media safe for government.  That impulse was in full evidence during the Atlanta GovTech Social Academy, where this episode was recorded with a live audience in northern Georgia.

Lt. Odilia Bergh from the Peachtree City Police Department (@PTCfirepolice) says sarcasm is helpful in connecting with an audience (and making a point) on social media. Her team uses it a lot and, perhaps not coincidentally, team members have each other’s backs if things go wrong. As for humor, Bergh says they have a hard and fast rule: “Never post while still laughing. Ever.” 

Chelsea Stevens from Georgia Interactive (@GeorgiaGovTeam) discussed the state’s efforts to refine its voice — “informative, fun and friendly” when engaging the public on social media while keeping it all business for internal audiences.

And Angela Thompson described a five-year serial journey through the city of Milton (@cityofmiltonga) to the city of Canton (@CityofCantonGA) that included internal resistance to social media and refashioning the two cities’ messaging.

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Paul W. Taylor Chief Content Officer, e.Republic Inc.

Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the chief content officer of Government Technology and its parent organization, e.Republic. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO. Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet startups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the nonprofit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C. He is creator, producer and co-host of the GovTech360 podcast.

Dustin Haisler Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic Inc.

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology'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. Read his full bio.

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