Want to see social media tools in action? – ask COI

With all the excitement of announcing the barcamp, I forgot to mention the fun I had at a recent event run by COI on behalf of the Government Communication Network.

Entitled ‘Social networking – can Facebook or YouTube help me? And what are they anyway?’ – the event was an opportunity to see some of the main social media tools and networks in action and talk to some of COI digital‘s experts about how they are being adopted across government.

Off the top of my head, there were demonstrations of social tagging, photo sharing, wikis, data mash-ups, and social networks such as Bebo and MySpace. Everyone had the ability to test them out, ask questions and develop ideas.

Around the room being used were a number of really useful wall displays explaining – in neat simple language – the technologies,  uses, potential etc. Hopefully COI will make these available to government communicators because they look like an excellent resource.

The workshop was run as part of the GCN Live series of events designed to help communicators across government build their knowledge and skills. I don’t know whether they plan to run more of this session but if you are at all curious at all about ‘social media’ or ‘social networking’, work in government and want to know more its got to be worth asking. Maybe COI would run a session for your team/ department too if you asked nicely.

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    • Martyn Wells
    • November 15th, 2007

    Have you got a contact or more detail on the wall posters you mention ? – Around the room being used were a number of really useful wall displays explaining – in neat simple language – the technologies, uses, potential etc. Hopefully COI will make these available to government communicators because they look like an excellent resource.

    Thanks

  1. Martin, will drop you a private email tomorrow.

  2. I’m sure there are many ways that Local Government could also embrace social media to greater effect – Councillors, events, friend groups etc. I’d also be interested in the wall posters too Jeremy – any chance of passing on the contact details?

  3. Sure Matt there are indeed. The stuff is published on the government comms extranet (www.comms.gov.uk). If you’re not registered, register there and you’ll be able to get them. Sorry, the files are too big to email.

  4. Sorry to barge in here, but Matt might be interested in the social media in local gov group I run on the IDeA’s Communities of Practice platform. Sign up at http://communities.idea.gov.uk and then search on social media and you’ll find us. We are having a get together in Coventry on 26th of this month, if you (and indeed anyone else!) is interested.

    Plug now over.

  5. Feel free Dave, the more the merrier etc etc.

    • Matt Johnson
    • February 14th, 2008

    Thanks Jeremy but I tried to register at comms.gov.uk and it wouldn’t let me in – computer says no.

    Thanks too Dave, might be seeing you on the 26th.

  6. Sorry Matt, you’ll need to use your .gov address to register I think.

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