October 1st, 2009
03:05 PM ET
12 years ago

The Justice Department 2.0

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/01/art.usdoj.gov.jpg caption="The re-design of the Justice Department Web site."] WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Justice Department became "Justice 2.0" Thursday, unveiling their new Web site and robust social media strategy on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and MySpace.

Since taking office, the Obama administration has been pushing for transparency in government and cabinet members have been revamping their Web and social media strategies accordingly.

"We'll see what opportunities arise," a Justice spokesperson told CNN on the strategy behind their accounts. "But the basic premise is it is a way to get our message to more people and that message can be received by people where they are online. They don't have to come to us, it can come to them."

The new Justice.gov incorporates a new blog and will have a regularly updated photo and video library (the old site had photos and videos, but were not updated on a regular basis).

The YouTube page currently has five videos explaining the role of the DOJ and the roles of the attorney general, associate AG and deputy AG. Moving forward, the site will feature press conferences, speeches and public service announcements. The Facebook and MySpace pages will act as a clearing house for all the social media the DOJ is pushing. @TheJusticeDept on Twitter will be an informative and educational hub pointing to breaking news, information, quotes form the attorney general, notes from high profile events, and links to new content.

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Filed under: Facebook • Justice Department • Social Networking • Twitter • YouTube
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jay T.

    Neo-cons, now wait for Limbaugh to rip this before you post anything. If not, you might say something stupid that doesn't have the backing of all the other neo-cons as opposed to saying something stupid that does have their support.

    October 1, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. rr

    I hope this didn't cost them $18 million like the recovery.gov site developers needed

    October 1, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Alan Smithee

    This story deserves to win a Pulitzer!

    October 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Aaaah! I'm sooo loving the age of Obama. Imagine that, utilizing all the modern technology at hand to keep us informed. and the Justice Dept. no less. This was way Cheney and Bush will be instantaneously notified when they have to report to Court for their trial. Look mommy, no more missed trial dates!! LOL

    October 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sorry about the typos.

    October 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. an american first

    Check out the recovery.gov. It really makes me proud of our government.

    October 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. David

    The site provides transparency and education. I like it.

    They also need to announce department_of_law.gov for the Palin followers. It has only one page which states:
    We're sorry but our actual name is the Department of Justice so we've moved to justice.gov.

    October 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Dar

    Great, more big goverment in our face, IM glad to see that Odumbo is creating jobs for someone at least. Or wait, we have to pay that someone don't we... hummmmmm no we dont, the stimulas money, thats how we will pay for all these new jobs in washington and our kids will have to pay it back. way to go Odumbo, your so good.
    God Bless All

    October 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Jayden, FL

    Amazing site and an amazing Secy. of State!

    October 1, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Lots of transparency where it doesn't matter. Where it does matter, like reading a bill before a vote, Obama is more Nixonian than Nixon ever was.

    October 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Dennis

    I'm glad the DOJ is stepping in the 21st century. I'm trying to find a silver lining in having to pay tax dollars for a government Twitter account. Perhaps real numbers of users should have been looked at before this "bold move." Although, people who get new jobs want to be successful in their jobs and are willing to try just about anything. That's probably the untold story of every so-called effort of transperancy since the Roosevelt Administration. At the end of the day, we'll just pay more for government transperancy and get less transperancy. On the other hand, we'll probably get more spam when they figure out how to allegedly defray the cost of the website by selling personal information–or something like that.

    October 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |