One of the unfortunate things about Twitter, Facebook etc is that, rightly or wrongly, to those in the public sector unfamiliar with social media the technology is about people exchanging information that is not serious or purposeful. In short, they view social media through a sort of 'Days of our lives and Neighbours' lens.
Couple that with risk aversion (more like inventing risk in some cases) and a perceived lack of a means of purposeful collaboration or interaction and we have a recipe for uncertainty.
That's been nagging away at me for some time. And from conversations with others I am far from alone with these thoughts.
So to action. Have been checking out Presently
. Essentially and enhanced form of micro-blogging for organisations. I have set up an account and have been exploring this with some members of my agencies Social Media Community. I have also asked some people from other agencies to test that out. Seems to work fine.
I do stress that this is an informal proof of concept trial. What I would like to do now is get a few more volunteers from other APS Agencies to join us and participate. This will test a little further.
If you would like to join this trial email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
and include your email domain - e.g. pmc.gov.au
The strength of this is that it offers a quick and secure way for public servants to connect via their desktop pc and mobile devices