I just worked my way through multiple social media feeds from federal law enforcement and homeland security agencies. I wanted to stick a paper clip in my eye. The lack of thought put into the posts and clear lack of interest in engaging community members is obvious. The continuous desire on the part of government agencies to “control the message” is self-defeating. Guys: You’re not controlling any message.
Subcommittee Hearing: Jihadist Use of Social Media – How to Prevent Terrorism and Preserve Innovation | The House Committee on Homeland Security On Tuesday, December 6, 2011 the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold a hearing entitled “Jihadist Use of Social Media – How to Prevent Terrorism and Preserve Innovation.” […]
Using Twitter, Virginia Tech’s College Newspaper Kept on Publishing – NYTimes.com During the shooting in 2007, Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times did not have a tool for publishing real-time updates and informing fellow students about what they had reported. On Thursday, the newspaper’s Twitter account, @collegiatetimes, was providing updates every few minutes, quickly becoming a source […]
Here’s hoping TSA has a sense of humor in the stressful holiday travel season.
Blogger on cartel beheading – Cannot kill us all : Homeland Security News Another blogger has been decapitated, purportedly in retaliation for postings about drug cartels, prompting users of social network sites to unite in their stance against the gangs.
Social Media Accounts of Violence in Cairo Challenge Official Narrative – NYTimes.com Although Egypt’s prime minister, Essam Sharaf, hinted darkly that the violence had been orchestrated as part of a foreign plot to inflame sectarian tensions, some witnesses to the mayhem claimed in accounts posted on social media Web sites that the military had used […]
The Blog @ Homeland Security: Helping the Best and Brightest Study in the States By Janet Napolitano (The Blog @ Homeland Security) Today I visited the University of Wisconsin – Madison to announce an important new initiative to help streamline the international student visa process and encourage foreign students to study and lawfully remain in […]
Category 5 coverage for a Category 1 storm–crying wolf is dangerous | Crisisblogger Is there any doubt that the overwhelming inclination of major media outlets in today’s hyper-competitive environment is to put ratings above responsibility? Survival is at stake. The problem is that as the coverage of Irene makes clear, lives are also at stake. […]
Why Crisis Communication Needs to Include Social Media, Now | A Desk is a Dangerous Place Chris Battle, a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Public Affairs Director, basically scores the event Crowdsourcing 100, Government 0. In his post “After Earthquake, DC Government Needs Lesson in Social Media” he says if they don’t adapt, they […]
Ever tried to get on Twitter only to find that frustrating white whale floating in a sea of blue with the message that the network is overcrowded and you should come back later? In the social media world, this is known as the Fail Whale. During yesterday’s mini emergency in Washington, when a 5.8 earthquake shook the city and sent scared and confused folks fleeing from buildings, we experienced a Fail Whale on the part of the Washington DC, government. Increasingly, citizens aren’t turning to government officials for disaster management but to one another. And they’re doing it through social media.