Andrea DiMaio

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Questionable Research Turns Into Drama, But Exposes a Real Issue

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 23, 2012  |  3 Comments

A while ago I wrote about a research by Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor Marco Camisano Calzlari  claiming that a substantial percentage of Twitter followers for some large corporation would be “bots”. There was quite some debate at the time about how founded his results were: looking at the metrics described in his paper, […]

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Torturing the Data Long Enough Will Make It Confess Anything

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 12, 2012  |  18 Comments

Last week Reuters, Financial Times and the Huffington Post referenced a rather sensationalistic outcome published by an Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor who is well known in Italian social media circles. His research allegedly showed that “up to 46 percent of Twitter followers of companies with active profiles could be generated by robots, or […]

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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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To Tweet or Not To Tweet? This is the Problem

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 20, 2011  |  4 Comments

An interesting news that I saw today concerns the deputy speaker of the Lower House in the UK, Lindsay Hoyle, who ruled that MPs are not allowed to tweet during sessions, after a complaint by the opposition Labour MP Kevin Brennan that Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert was tweeting. Intuitively this makes sense, and so the […]

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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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How social media is changing my life

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 3, 2010  |  2 Comments

This is my 500th post, and a good occasion to write something different. As I do cover government 2.0 and social media, I feel it is fair to share with people a few personal experiences that, I hope, can give a sense of how these tools can transform our professional and personal life. Readers are […]

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Relevance and not Security is the Number One Risk for Government on Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 1, 2009  |  6 Comments

Today I read an interesting article about how few friends or followers government organizations have on social media. The article mentions a county government had 418 followers on Twitter and 159 on Facebook despite serving a population of more than 340,000 people. For those who believe that these number are low, I did some research […]

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Facebook and Twitter as Public Goods: An Intriguing Idea

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 29, 2009  |  4 Comments

I just read a fascinating post by Ethan Zuckerman about the sustainability of social networks. He looks at a number of Internet ventures, at fee-based models, at advertisement-based models. He observes that … Niche content can support itself via advertising, and search engines will continue to divert us to advertisers as we search for useful […]

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Government, Social Networks and Security Risks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 11, 2009  |  5 Comments

Twitter’s outage last week, allegedly due to a Denial of Service attack that affected also other sites (including Facebook), raised very valid questions about whether government agencies using these web 2.0 tools are exposed to greater risks than those that do not. I am no security expert, but it seems to me that there are […]

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Military and Social Media: Paranoia or Schizophrenia?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 4, 2009  |  2 Comments

After some initial rumors last week that the U.S. Department of Defense planned to ban the use of social media like Facebook and Twitter from its networks, it appears that the U.S. Marine Corps has taken such step and declared a ban for at least one year. The order says (in capital letters) 2.  BACKGROUND.  […]

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