When it comes to Social Media and government, it’s a mixed bag. Some state and local agencies remain skeptical (security concerns! Lost productivity!), while others are enthusiastic about sites like LinkedIn and Facebook (share news! inspire change!). These are the findings of a recent study by GovTech, whichreports on current Social Media trends in government.
The study, compiled from a Government Technology Survey polling the responses of 100 senior-level IT professionals, showed some interesting statistics:
- 59% of agencies or departments surveys permit the use of LinkedIn
- 45% permit Facebook
- 41% allow Twitter
- 39% can access Google+
- 17% permit MySpace.
- 18% of state and local agencies or departments reported that Social Media sites were very useful
- 20% reported that these sites are of limited usefulness in the workplace
- 12% said these sites not very useful
We want to know: What are the benefits and drawbacks of Social Media in governmental workplaces?