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Call Meme Maybe

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Almost anyone who has been near a radio this summer has certainly heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy tune, “Call Me Maybe.” In June, our family embarked upon a massive roadtrip that took us from Washington, DC to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia and back. We must’ve heard this song at least two dozen times while in the car, usually with a “Turn it up!” request from my girls in the backseat.

As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones. The Harvard University baseball team had a little fun with the song, as well. Apparently, on a roadtrip of their own back in May 2012, they sang and danced to the tune from the backseat of their van and uploaded a video of it to YouTube. Then, the Internet took notice. At the time of this post, their video had over 14.6 million views. But it didn’t end there.

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The Speed of Trust

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In early June, I had the extraordinary honor and privilege of participating as a new member in the 58th Annual National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.

U.S. Army War College - 2012 NSS Seminar 1The war college conducts an annual 10-month program for students with an average of 20+ years of military service each. Though many of the 368 students hail from the U.S. Army (mostly colonels), all branches are represented along with 67 International Fellows from allied armed forces across the globe.

Of course, those selected to attend the full program have already achieved notable success in their military careers and this training is designed to further enhance their leadership and strategic thinking skills as they rise through the ranks. Immediately after graduation, the students go on to their next assignment for at least another three-year commitment on U.S. bases all over the world though many will serve well beyond that.

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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DC

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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DCOur Nation’s Capital is well known for iconic federal buildings, historic monuments and impressive museums.

However, there are a number of hidden gems that many visitors might not know about which are certainly worth a look while in the Washington, DC area.

Here are ten unique spots to add to your list should you find yourself “inside the beltway” this summer.

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I Spot the Shuttle…

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#SpottheShuttle from atop our International Square rooftop, 1... on TwitpicAbout 100 or so gathered on the roof of our building to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

It was slated to fly over the Washington, DC monuments for a swansong journey before officially retiring to a new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.

It was supposed to arrive between 10 AM and 11 AM ET but it was early. Word traveled faster than the shuttle.

How did we know? Why, Twitter, of course. Thanks, @Smithsonian! (HT @shkon)

So, we headed up to the roof and anxiously attempted to figure out just exactly which direction to look in anticipation of its arrival. Hashtags started to trend on Twitter such as #SpottheShuttle and #WelcomeDiscovery.

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2011 Capital Staffers Index

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The Edelman Global Public Affairs team has released findings from the 2011 Capital Staffers Index, an annual global study that analyzes top trends in global public affairs and communications.

2011 Capital Staffers IndexThis year’s expanded report is the third annual survey based on interviews with over 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above) from capital cities in 11 different countries around the world including Washington DC, Brussels, London, Beijing, Ottawa, Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, Buenos Aires and Brasilia.

Although traditional methods public affairs components are still valuable, social media channels have experienced a meteoric rise in their ability to shape and influence policy worldwide over the past year.

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Campaign 2012 Social Media Scorecard

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As the 2012 presidential campaign continues to heat up, Election Day 2011 is just around the corner. In less than twelve days, Americans will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th to cast votes for various state and local candidates. And, we’ll be almost exactly one year away from voting to determine whether President Obama will serve a second term.

Campaign 2012 Social Media ScorecardThis morning, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Holmes Report’s ThinkTank Live event here in Washington, DC where I discussed the evolving media landscape and the role of social media in shaping politics and public policy. In preparation, I got to thinking about how social media was impacting the election process this early in the race. Between the Romney-Perry video battles and the buzz around Herman Cain’s “smoking” ad featuring his chief of staff Mark Block, it was a perfect week to perform a little deeper analysis.

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This WEEK in LAW: Episode #131

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This WEEK in LAW: Episode 131Today, I was thrilled to participate on This WEEK in LAW (TWiL) with hosts Denise Howell and Evan Brown along with fellow guest Daliah Saper.

We discussed the new Kindle, Apple price fixing allegations, President Obama’s “We the People” petition via WhiteHouse.gov, government and social media, crowdsourcing, ID spoofing and much more.

Here are the show notes for TWiL #131: All You Need is Seven Inches.

Celebrating America’s Independence Day!

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It’s no secret that Americans love to decorate their homes around holidays — St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and even Super Bowl Sunday!

In fact, I noticed that one neighbor who usually treats visitors to impressive annual displays actually leaves up his Christmas lights all year round to save the hassle.

However, there’s something about the 4th of July that I have always loved. The sense of patriotism, respect, pride, reverence and history is unlike any other on this day. It’s a day where Americans from all corners of the country (and around the world) can put aside differences and come together to celebrate who we are as a nation — as one!

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White House Hosts Twitter @Townhall

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Over the past couple weeks, the White House has been all about Twitter.

The White House hosts first Twitter Townhall on July 6, 2011Of course, President Obama’s team isn’t exactly new to Twitter — and neither is the White House. His official @whitehouse Twitter account has been in use since April 2009 and his @BarackObama campaign handle launched in March 2007. Today, the campaign’s Twitter feed seems to be in full re-election mode with almost 9 million followers and the #Obama2012 staff working to keep it updated with both campaign and official White House news.

So, what’s new? The most recent activity of note is that the president himself is beginning to tweet.

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Maybe 2010 Wasn’t So Bad After All

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Well, January 2011 is now behind us — and what a month it has been. Between the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona and complete Middle East meltdowns in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan, one can only hope that things will get better! I remember so many people anxious to turn the calendar after last year but thought I’d take one last look back before officially saying goodbye.

In January 2010, I compiled a list of the Top 2009 news stories that either began on the Internet or gained additional steam online due to the impact of social media. After receiving a lot of terrific feedback, I decided to do it again. However, this time I tracked the stories in real time as the year progressed as opposed to trying to remember the sequence of events at the end of the year.

Since I live and work in Washington, DC, I tried to keep a special eye out for stories related to politics and/or government. Now that most of the stats are in and stories have unfolded — one month into 2011 — let’s take a journey back. Without further ado, here are my Top 20 Social Media News Stories of 2010 (in chronological order).

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