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US Federal CIO Shows A Conservative Attitude On Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 29, 2009  |  Comments Off on US Federal CIO Shows A Conservative Attitude On Social Media

I used to be Facebook friend with Vivek Kundra, the US Federal CIO, when he was the CTO in Washington DC. His page would include a nice mixture of personal and professional information. As far as I recollect, he was not very active on his Facebook wall, but his presence is something I would have rated as a fair example of how a government official could strike a balance between personal and professional profiles, something that I strongly believe is an important attribute to make social media use effective in government (see a previous post on this topic).

So I was quite surprised this morning, when I found out that he is no longer in my friend network, nor could I find his personal page any longer. I searched for him on Facebook, and found two new instances. An official one, where he is tagged as politician (you can become his supporter) and one, outside his control, where is incorrectly tagged as the US first CTO.

Speaking of which, I checked for the newly appointed US CTO, Aneesh Chopra, who has both an official page where he is indicated as a politician, and a personal one, and you can become his friend. I am not part of his network, but I will be interested to see whether and how he will change his personal presence on Facebook after the appointment.

I’ve become a fan of both, and will be watching carefully this space. However I would expect both of them to lead by example in unleashing the power of social media in government: it looks like there is still some way to go.

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Category: social-networks-in-government  

Tags: aneesh-chopra  facebook  us-federal-cio  us-federal-cto  vivek-kundra  

Andrea Di Maio
Managing VP
19 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies, open government, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio

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