Digital & Data Innovation Articles

Updated list of UK Local Councils Twitter Accounts – 22nd July 2009

Its been a while since I’ve updated this list. Much to my surprise the numbers of council on twitter has doubled since the last time I looked. Hopefully by end of the year all local councils will have a twitter account. I’m very interested to learn how you are using your twitter accounts so please do leave your comments on your experiences with twitter. Good or bad! We all want to learn form each other. And if you have any great annecdotes, why not share those too!

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WXWM: Birmingham is Rocking with Social Media Events!

Yesterday I talked to Andy Mabbett from Birmingham City Council and he told me about the WXWM (West by West Midlands) event that he and other ‘super cool’ people such as Podnosh, Nicky Getgood (From the famous hyperlocal blog Digbeth is Good), Shona McQuillan and etc had pulled together in a week! Well done to Shona McQuillan for masterminding the whole event.

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Local Government Online Bloggers Mashup

I recently talked to Matt Johnson from SandwellMBC and he mentioned a really great idea to put all relevant feeds from notable local government blogs on a webpage. This is so other people can keep up with recent activities of fellow colleagues across government. So I’ve selected my top picks for local government online blogs and did a mashup of those blogs. I’m hoping Matt will find this useful and maybe others as well.

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Great Quotes for Winning the Social Media bid in your Local Government

Are you trying to convince your colleagues/organization on the benefits of social media? Are you looking for good examples, great inspirational lines to help you in your bid to sell social media? Were you hypnotized and bawled over when you heard Obama speak? Did you know that some of his key inspirational lines came from the great leaders and inspirational individuals before him? If you are and were, then read on.

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Videos: Web 2.0 – Transforming Government

I’ve been speaking to several local councils recently and noticed that alot of local council websites are still not Web 2.0. Although many were already on their way to apply Web 2.0 to their websites, I fear to think of those who haven’t even considered it…

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Leading by Example… Gordon Brown is on Netmums!

I’m not a mum but I subscribe to Netmums to observe what makes Netmums so special. Out of just pure curiosity and admiration for the creators, I guess… I love what they’ve done and wish to see more networks such as this. Maybe a NetDads?

I want to know what they’re doing right. So I get weekly updates sent to my mailbox and I usually have a glance to see what they’re up to. However this weeks email had a cool announcement that I thought was worth sharing. Have a look what’s going on on Netmums…

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Good Practices: Coventry City Council Take Billion Pound City Centre Planning Consultation to Facebook

Coventry City Council has recently unveiled its City Centre’s Masterplan to the local people of Coventry. This billion pound project achieved its Final Masterplan following a massive consultation exercise with local people. The council used various ways to ensure local people were involved in the project by raising awareness through the normal media channels. But what’s interesting is they also used Facebook to run their consultation.

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Cheltenham Borough Council Partners Google Type Search Page, Webcam, Weather Widget and Local Maps for Local Needs!

I have been speaking to online engagement champions in several local councils for the past 2 weeks or so. One of those councils is Cheltenham Borough Council who just launched their new and improved web 2.0 website provided by Jadu’s CMS. Upon closer inspection there were alot of features that are worth mentioning and then thought, why not share it with the rest of the local council community.

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Ideas for local councils to push social media to the public

As most of you might have noticed, the growth of local councils adopting the social media route is growing by the day. The momentum and awareness is growing slowly but surely. As I was sipping my favourite caramel macchiato at Starbucks this morning, I had an light bulb moment and thought its worth sharing it with you.

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Customers using Facebook to demand local councils to LISTEN to them on consultation

Recently alot of articles have popped up regarding local councils using facebook (i.e. Dave Briggs & Simon Wakeman to name a few) to engage with citizens. Its a really great time for local government to get involved with new means of communication and engagement with their customers. However early this morning, as I was doing a bit of research, I noticed that there is another angle of Facebook that we are forgetting to acknowledge… Anyone care to take a guess what it is?

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Sharing is good: My revamped website template

I think anyone who knows me personally, knows that I love sharing knowledge and information. I believe there’s no point in keeping something good to yourself when you can share it with others. And the best thing is when you get this good warm fuzzy feeling inside when you know you’ve managed to help someone in your own small way. Sharing and collaborating is definitely the way forward! Its the whole concept behind social media isn’t it?

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Video: Online Booking Widgets to Embed on LA websites, Facebook & other Web 2.0 platforms

I met Glenn Shoosmith, founder of BookingBug at Mashup* event – Realtime Social Web on 29th January 2009 (organized by Simon Grice from BeLocal) and we talked about a new service that he is about to launch. I thought it sounded useful and interesting to share with local councils so I asked if I could feature an interview with him about BookingBug services on my website. So here it is, edited and delivered with the cool “Arctic Monkeys” cool factor! Enjoy CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT BOOKINGBUG

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