July 9, 2008
E-Gov, Web 3.0, White House
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) is on Twitter @johnculberson. So is Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) @timryan. For those who don’t know, Twitter is a microblog that enables users to “tweet” out short text messages in 140 characters or less (about a sentence or two) designed to answer this question: “What are you doing right now?”
The popularity of the site has certainly grown, especially in the world of politics in recent months:
- The White House has been on Twitter for about a year.
UPDATE 1/2009: President George W. Bush’s Twitter account (@TheWhiteHouse) was closed shortly after President Obama was sworn-in. The new account may be found at @whitehouse.
- Many presidential hopefuls were Twitterng early in the 2008 campaign including Sens. Edwards, Obama, Clinton and McCain.
- At the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) on June 23-24 in New York, Ana Marie Cox moderated a policy debate between Liz Mair (for McCain) and Mike Nelson (for Obama) via Twitter (hashtag: #pdfdebate).
- Just this past week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was Twittering live from the G8 Summit in Toyako, Japan.
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March 4, 2008
E-Gov, White House
In preparation for an upcoming speaking engagement, I was doing some research on Sen. Lieberman’s (Independent-CT) past comments during a U.S. Senate hearing on E-Gov reauthorization. So, I went to Google and searched for “lieberman egov” which yielded the following top organic result:
http://.senate.gov – Technical difficulties.
Sorry, the http://.senate.gov web page you have requested is experiencing technical difficulties. The Webmaster has been alerted. …
www.senate.gov/~gov_affairs/egov/ – 2k – Cached – Similar pages
Then, by visiting the page, the visitor is greeted with:
Sorry, the http://.senate.gov web page you have requested is experiencing technical difficulties. The Webmaster has been alerted.
You will be automatically redirected to the http://.senate.gov Home page after 10 seconds.
If this problem persists, please contact the Office of the Secretary Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After waiting 10 seconds, you are not redirected to the Senate.gov Home page, but rather to this: “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage.”
Of course, I should have just visited the President’s E-Gov Initiative site in the first place.