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Podcast: Speaking Emoji, Controlling Rumors and FCC CIO David A. Bray on Being a Social Exec

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

by , / October 22, 2015
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Bray on Leadership


FCC CIO David A. Bray has been named one of the most social CIOs by Forbes, despite having been on Twitter for only two years. Bray talks about the importance in using social media to listen and learn from the public.

Bray,  an Eisenhower Fellow, Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University, has a wide-ranging discussion with regulars Anil Chawla (ArchiveSocial), Dustin Haisler (e.Republic Labs), and Paul Taylor (Govtech), 

Stories mentioned in This Week in Tweet:

We Speak Emoji

Emoji is now the fastest growing language in the UK— and many find it easier to communicate using its smiley faces and icons than text, says one linguistics expert.

Here are the top 10 most popular emoji:

  1. Smiley face
  2. Crying with laughter
  3. Love heart
  4. Beaming red cheeks
  5. Thumbs up
  6. Tongue out winking face
  7. Blow kiss
  8. Wink face
  9. Confused
  10. See no evil monkey

Is it true on this side of the Atlantic?

Facebook Reactions, Interactions

Reactions, a new feature for Facebook's ubiquitous Like button that allows you to respond to posts with emoji, went live for some Facebook users this week. A wider rollout is expected soon.

Governments and other Facebook page owners now have a new tool for responding to, and interacting and engaging with, citizens on the popular social platform.

Glendale, Calif., Takes Head-on Approach to Rumor Control

Government Technology writer Eyragon Eidam drops in to talk about his story on one city's approach to taking on trolls and others who spread misinformation.


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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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