Andrea DiMaio

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The Downside of Taking Ourselves Too Seriously on Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 9, 2012  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I had an interesting and revealing experience about the dynamics of social media. One of my contacts in Facebook, a consultant in the Italian banking sector and a mercurial blogger, posted about a device that he connects to the TV set and emits a quite bright blue light even in standby mode, which is [...]

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A Eulogy of Slowness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 26, 2011  |  3 Comments

A few days ago I entered a famous sanctuary in the city of Pompeii. Whereas many people know Pompeii for the ruins after the Vesuvius eruption of 79 a.C., the church of Pompeii is even more famous for many devoted Italians who pay a visit to Our Lady of Pompeii. While I was there, looking [...]

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German Minister’s Tip Against Facebook Is Not Bad Advice

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 12, 2011  |  Comments Off

The German Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner warned her colleagues and government departments not to link Facebook from their web sites, due to privacy worries. This happen when the data protection authority for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has declared business use of Facebook and Facebook “like” buttons illegal. Over a year ago [...]

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Time to Pull the Plug on Government Web Sites?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 11, 2011  |  28 Comments

Those who have been following my research since my early days at Gartner may remember my note about the irrelevance of government portals (published in January 2001, login required), as well as my rants on the same topic on this blog. I just read that the city of Takeo in Japan has decided to shut [...]

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Who’s Afraid of Telling the Whole Truth about Social Media?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 11, 2011  |  3 Comments

Yesterday a well-reputed Italian journalist aired a program highlighting the risks of the Internet and social networking, interviewing experts from service providers, law firms, consultancies about issues such as phishing, security, stalking, information leaks, and so forth. (see link to video, in Italian). I did not follow the program until when I read an outcry [...]

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Is Facebook Becoming Mission-Critical?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 16, 2011  |  4 Comments

Due to the need to reduce bandwidth consumption to support reliefe effort in Japan, the Defense Information System Agency decided to block 13 commercial web sites, including Amazon, Ebay, YouTube and MySpace. However the list does not include Facebook, as “many commands allow the use of Facebook to allow personnel to communicate with families and [...]

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New Zealand Inland Revenue Shows Effective Use of Facebook

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 10, 2011  |  9 Comments

A lot of government agencies around the world are using Facebook as a cooler (they wish!)alternative to their web sites. As a consequence, the value added they provide is limited, which is reflected into low number of friends / followers and modest interaction. The Inland Revenue in New Zealand is using Facebook to inform people [...]

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Social Media is A Nuisance for Government, After All

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 8, 2011  |  6 Comments

Political leaders, senior government executives, consultants praise the virtues of social media as a new means to engage or re-engage citizens, to become more effective and efficient, to attract digital natives to the public service, to transform government by bringing it closer to people. However the examples that make the news and most of those [...]

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Welcome to the United States of Facebook

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 7, 2011  |  10 Comments

For the last few years I having been looking at government agencies around the world moving baby steps on social media.. I have been reading dozens of social media policies, guidelines, strategies. I have been pondering countless blog posts, discussion fora, slideshares. I have been hearing politicians and consultants, self-appointed communication 2.0 experts and bloggers-turned-opinion-leaders. [...]

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Could Facebook or Twitter Have No Business Value for Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 14, 2011  |  13 Comments

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a couple of clients from a US federal agency. The topic was how to make the best possible use of Facebook and Twitter to better serve and interact with specific constituencies (mostly businesses). As they went through their current experience (like many agencies, they have multiple Facebook pages), [...]

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