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Good to Know…Week of November 15, 2010

3 Case Studies in Social Media Experimentation
Federal agencies and government contractors rarely have a reputation for taking risks or being innovative thinkers. Most were slow to adopt the Web as a content platform, and few have truly embraced the social engagement tools of Web 2.0.

To read this article, go to: FCW.com

Three Years of Social Media: Marketing Lessons Learned
This is the seventh article in a series on podcasting and social media. The purpose is to explain social media and to attempt to “cut through the clutter” and offer an understanding of effective methods.

To read this article, go to: Govloop.com

VA Taps Veteran Bloggers for Outreach Effort

The Veterans Affairs Department on Monday launched its first official blog, which taps the talents and insights of two former Army grunts and experienced bloggers to personalize the relationship veterans have with a bureaucracy they often view as impersonal and unresponsive.

To read this article, go to: Nextgov.com

Work Smart 2: Improving Your Organization’s Social Media Presence
Organizations using social media, there’s something you must know: getting thousands of Facebook fans or Twitter followers isn’t as important as what you do with them.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

Social Networks are Most Popular Gov 2.0 Tool, Survey Says
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are the most commonly used Gov 2.0 tools for government agencies, according to a new survey from Hewlett-Packard.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

Administration Announces Finalists in Cost-Cutting Contest
Obama administration officials on Monday announced the finalists in a contest asking federal employees to share their ideas for curbing unnecessary government spending.

To read this article, go to: GovExec.com

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