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Government Agencies Tweet @ Twitter

While updating my Twitter account recently, I noticed that womenshealth.gov created their own Twitter account and added me to their network. Kudos to the government agencies who are jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon and getting their information out to the community!

That got me wondering what other government agencies have created Twitter accounts, so I did some hunting and found a previous FGI blog entry and an article from CNET News stating that NASA wants to tackle Web 2.0 initiatives in order to “save itself from turning into a dinosaur in the Internet age”. It took awhile, but I finally found the official NASA Twitter account, which I stumbled upon via the NASA Edge website and their Twitter page.

The U.S. Department of State created a dipnote Twitter account for alerting users to new posts on their DIPNOTE Blog.

Many non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross, created “tweet” alerts during the recent tornado outbreaks in the south.

The Sunlight Foundation is “tweeting” public laws as they are signed.

And of course, FGI is on Twitter as well!

Even Presidential candidates like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton update their Twitter accounts. I can’t find one for John McCain, but it looks like Mike Huckabee joined the Twitter bandwagon too.

If you find any other government agencies using Twitter, please post a comment to let everyone know.

[Editor’s note 6/5/09: I deleted the link to Ron Paul’s twitter account as it was not actually from Ron Paul. Thanks Erin for alerting us!]

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20 Comments

  1. Thanks for spotting the fake Ron Paul! There are many fakes out there and sometimes it is hard to tell, esp. if you don’t read it closely!

  2. http://www.twitter.com/govsites is a following directory of government Twitter accounts (any nation, any level).

    http://www.diigo.com/profile/govsites – categorized and tagged Twitter accounts (social bookmarking like delicious but better); taken from accounts found at http://www.twitter.com/govsites

    Both were started due to the poor results I had with Twitter’s “Find People” function, which only searches the “Name” and “Account Name” fields.

  3. The link above that you have that goes to Ron Paul’s twitter, is not actually Ron Paul’s. Its just some guy.

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