June 1st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Companies capitalize on 'open government'

Washington (CNN) – Ronald Reagan is the father of Foursquare. At least that's what O'Reilly Media CEO and founder Tim O'Reilly said in his keynote presentation at last week's Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington.

In 1983, President Reagan signed an executive order making global positioning system technology, known today as GPS, available for public use.

That decision ultimately enabled new location-based social networks such as Foursquare or Gowalla to use GPS technology and change the way friends interact with each other. Reagan's opening of the GPS data to citizens was an early example of "open government."

O'Reilly co-produced the Gov 2.0 Expo, which brought together government officials, venture capitalists, large technology companies, entrepreneurs and individuals to discuss the latest trends in how the government is using transformative technologies to foster further innovation.

"Government 2.0" is defined, according to O'Reilly, as "making use of web 2.0 technologies to transform government" to be more transparent and efficient. Web 2.0 technologies include social media networks and "cloud computing."

The Obama administration's early commitment to openness with government information has made Gov 2.0 an emerging business sector in America.

"Data is available to anyone who wants to do something with it," said Mark Drapeau, the Director of Innovative Social Engagement at Microsoft and a co-chair of the Expo. "The government does not have all the ideas and skills, but citizens have all the opportunities due to new and open technologies."
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Filed under: Government 2.0 • Social Media • Social Networking
April 27th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Senators urge Facebook CEO to change privacy settings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked Tuesday by four senators to reconsider recent privacy setting changes on the popular social media website.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked Tuesday by four senators to reconsider recent privacy setting changes on the popular social media website.

Washington (CNN) - Four Democratic senators called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday to reconsider the recent changes in its privacy settings and asked the Federal Trade Commission to streamline guidelines regarding privacy on all social networks.

"Now users have less control over private information and it was done without the users' permission," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

Schumer, Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Mark Begich of Alaska and Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Zuckerberg about Facebook's decision to allow third-party sharing of user's information.

"We are writing to express our concern regarding recent changes to the Facebook privacy policy and the use of personal data on third party websites," the senators wrote. "The expansion of Facebook – both in the number of users and applications – raises new concerns for users who want to maintain control over their information."

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Filed under: Congress • Facebook • Social Media • Social Networking
March 29th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Minnesota Governor to host Facebook Town Hall

Gov. Pawlenty will appear on this page Wednesday for his Facebook Town Hall.
Gov. Pawlenty will appear on this page Wednesday for his Facebook Town Hall.

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will host his first "Facebook Town Hall" meeting Wednesday, focusing on the 2010 elections. The governor will log on to his Facebook account, deliver opening remarks and then field reaction and questions about how Republicans can organize around the 2010 elections.

"Gov. Pawlenty wants to use the latest technology and social networking tools to connect with more Americans and talk about the issues facing our country," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said in an e-mail. "This will be like a regular town hall, except we'll be able to take questions from around the country thanks to new online tools."

The Facebook Town Hall is part of a concerted effort Pawlenty, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, is making to reach out to the online community. During the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month, Pawlenty met with bloggers during a special happy hour and has been active on numerous social networks including Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. On Facebook, Pawlenty has over 31,000 fans following him.
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Filed under: Facebook • Social Networking • Tim Pawlenty
February 16th, 2010
05:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Robert Gibbs: I'm my own tweeter

In his first tweet, White House Press Secretary sought advice from the Twitterverse.
In his first tweet, White House Press Secretary sought advice from the Twitterverse.

Washington (CNN) – It's the dirty secret of celebrity tweeting: Many politicians and other high-profile types don't clack out their own tweets.

Even President Obama has conceded that his fingers are not behind his Twitter account: @BarackObama.

Not Robert Gibbs.

The White House press secretary was asked during his daily press conference on Tuesday if he really tweeted from his new account.

"Inexplicably, yes," Gibbs said.

Gibbs started tweeting under the name @PressSec on Saturday and follows 149 people – mostly journalists. "I've enjoyed watching you all comment on women's figure skating and ski jumping," Gibbs told the reporters.

@PressSec prominently states that it is an official White House Twitter account, thus "comments & messages" could be archived under the Presidential Records Act.

CNN Radio's Bob Costantini asked Gibbs if his account, including the accounts he is following, are really part of White House records. Gibbs said he was unsure and would "check with the lawyers."

-CNN's KD Fabian contributed to this report.


Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Social Networking • Twitter
February 13th, 2010
08:38 AM ET
5 years ago

Help wanted: Obama's Twitterer (filibusterers need not apply)

Are you qualified to tweet for the president?
Are you qualified to tweet for the president?

(Fortune) - With unemployment weighing heavily on the economy, Barack Obama is stressing his ability to create jobs. He’s even got one available, posting Facebook updates and tweets on behalf of the President of the United States.

Organizing for America, an organization under the umbrella of the Democratic National Committee is looking for a “Social Networks Manager.” The ideal candidate is someone who can play Twitter, Facebook, and yes, even MySpace, like a violin, to “execute grassroots campaigns to advance the President’s agenda for change.” Let’s be very clear, while you will be Obama’s political mouthpiece on Twitter (@BarackObama) you aren’t the official White House voice, that’s a separate Twitter account (@whitehouse). Facebook, same story. Your job, should you get it, is to further the Administration’s political agenda, and in a few years get Obama re-elected.

The posting went up just in time for the Presidents’ Day weekend. And what better way to spend the executive branch-themed holiday, than outlining the benefits of overhauling the health care system with surgically crafted 140-character tweets, and Facebook updates that explain the strategy underpinning the war in Afghanistan?

More on CNNMoney.com

February 2nd, 2010
04:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Technology helps GOP to seize Kennedy seat

Sen.-elect Scott Brown's campaign used new media to help power Brown's upset victory in a heavily Democratic state.
Sen.-elect Scott Brown's campaign used new media to help power Brown's upset victory in a heavily Democratic state.

Washington (CNN) – Sen.-elect Scott Brown's new media director acknowledged Tuesday that the Massachusetts Republican's campaign was so inspired by President Obama use of 21st Century tools in 2008 that they made technology a major part of their campaign to help Brown win the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat 14 months later.

"Obama's campaign used it really, really well and it got a lot of coverage and as a result our activists read it and said 'Hmm, why can't we do this? "We can do this too,'" new media strategist Robert Willington said in an interview with CNN.

Willington and two of his colleagues from the Brown campaign were the featured speakers at a gathering of conservative bloggers and online activists at the Heritage Foundation.

Willington explained that the Brown campaign was at an organizing disadvantage in the heavily Democratic state and decided to use social networking services and platforms to build grassroots support and raise money

"We knew the odds were stacked against us," said Willington, who later added, "So when we first sat down, we decided to do things a bit differently."
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Filed under: GOP • Massachusetts • Scott Murphy • Social Media • Social Networking
January 29th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: Ambassador Rice joins Twitter and Facebook

“Ambassador
“Ambassador

Washington (CNN) - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice created both a Facebook and Twitter account late Thursday.

Rice is the fourth Obama cabinet member to join Twitter, the micro-blog social networking site, while the eighth to join Facebook.

While many Twitter accounts are used for Cabinet member's thoughts while running in between meetings (or the bathroom), expect Rice's account to be more formal. Her office hopes people who are interested in U.S. foreign policy and want insights into the U.N. to follow her. Both accounts will send out official news and notes from her office. Her first tweet and Facebook message was a link to a formal video where Rice reported on Obama's first year at the United Nations.

When asked why Rice decided to launch Facebook and Twitter accounts, her communications director told CNN it was "to directly communicate with Americans and others who care about U.S. foreign policy and are interested in following it on a daily basis."


Filed under: Social Media • Social Networking • Susan Rice • Twitter
January 26th, 2010
09:02 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama's State of the Union hits YouTube

Citizens can submit questions on YouTube that President Obama might answer.
Citizens can submit questions on YouTube that President Obama might answer.

Washington (CNN) – While the Constitution mandates the president deliver a State of the Union it does not mandate whether or not it should be delivered on the radio, television or YouTube.

The State of the Union was delivered first on the radio in 1923 by Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman came into living rooms live via the television to deliver his address in 1947. And now Barack Obama will make State of the Union history by streaming it live on the new White House iPhone app and encouraging citizens to ask the president questions on YouTube.

YouTube and the White House announced Tuesday morning that it will open up a forum on YouTube.com/CitizenTube during Obama's address for people to submit questions to the president. Questions will also be voted on to determine what the public wants Obama to answer.

Then a week later, Obama will answer questions in a special online event.

January 19th, 2010
06:11 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama's first 'tweet' makes presidential history

Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to 'tweet' a message.
Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to 'tweet' a message.

Washington (CNN) – Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to "tweet" a message on the social networking site, though he had a little bit of help.

When Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross' to promote aid to Haiti, a member of the agency's new media team wrote a message on Twitter.com telling people he had arrived.

"President Obama and the first lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now," the Red Cross staffer wrote.

The new media staffer then asked the president to hit "Update" on the screen and Obama posted the item himself under the @RedCross handle at Twitter.com.

A moment later the Red Cross staffer posted a follow-up tweet: "President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!"
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Filed under: President Obama • Social Networking • Twitter
January 18th, 2010
07:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama's first 'tweet' makes presidential history

Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to 'tweet' a message.
Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to 'tweet' a message.

Washington (CNN) – Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to "tweet" a message on the social networking site, though he had a little bit of help.

When Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross' to promote aid to Haiti, a member of the agency's new media team wrote a message on Twitter.com telling people he had arrived.

"President Obama and the first lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now," the Red Cross staffer wrote.

The new media staffer then asked the president to hit "Update" on the screen and Obama posted the item himself under the @RedCross handle at Twitter.com.

A moment later the Red Cross staffer posted a follow-up tweet: "President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!"
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