Sunday, January 24, 2010

Big Brother's Following You...

Big Brothers Following You

...on Twitter that is. A recent study by talent management companies Saba and Human Capital Institute finds that local, state, and federal agencies are joining Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites, and they want you to be their friend. As a matter of fact, 66% of government workplaces are using social media and 65% use more than one type. The study compares the use of social networking by private sector companies to that of the government and the results were somewhat surprising.

Here is a look at who is using what:

Threaded discussion boards:

Private: 33%

Government: 26%

Instant Messaging/Chats:

Private: 54%

Government: 23%


Private: 39%

Government: 31%

Communities of Practice Groups:

Private: 54%

Government: 32%

Don't Use Social Networking Tools:

Private: 15%

Government: 29%

The report also found that many government agencies use tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

Federal agencies are more likely to use the tools than local agencies and many agencies report a number of concerns as to why they are not using social networking, with the biggest one being security. A number of media outlets reporting on the study say they hope that government transparency will extend to employees use of the social media, just as it does with email and other government web use.

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