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Facebook Suicide

December 11, 2009 You can bet your "[agency].gov/open Web page" (refer to bottom of page 2 in the Office of Management and Budget's open government directive) that agencies are going to employ social media tools. So somebody should write a memo to warn feds about Seppukoo, the social media app that will kind...

Tracking Your Twitter Account

November 24, 2009 The Web and everything related to it seems to be 2.0 these days, but Google Analytics Evangelist Avinash Kaushik's 2.0 take on Web analytics deserves the version two status. Not only does he methodically outline a new approach to analyzing Web metrics, but he offers some advice on how to...

VA: More Money for Good Behavior

November 23, 2009 The Senate has approved a $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010. That's up 25 percent from $2.5 billion in fiscal 2009. Most of the money will go toward supporting existing programs, although the bill stipulates funds will not be made available until a...

The daily menace

November 11, 2009 Information technology professionals wrestle with cybersecurity issues at least once a week, according to a survey by CDW-G. The company asked 300 federal civilian and Defense Department IT professionals to identify the top cyber risks they face each day. Topping the list: malware. Second was managing access for remote users...

Mapping $641M in classroom technology

November 6, 2009 Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Education Department doled out $641 million to states for education technology grants. According to the Department of Education, the grants will "enable districts to acquire new and emerging technologies, create new, state-of-the- art learning environments, and offer new training and more...

Promoting Plain Language

November 3, 2009 You can have the most gorgeous Web site with the most amazing interactive functionality, but if the words on the site don't work for the site's users, you don't have a good Web site. That's why GSA's Office of Citizen Services decided to focus on plain language for World Usability...

Fed Faces Don't Satisfy the Public

October 30, 2009 When ForeSee Results released its third-quarter e-government satisfaction scores this week, the big news was that public satisfaction with federal Web sites had reached a record high. Eight federal portals/department main pages received superior satisfaction scores -- that of an 80 or above during the third quarter of 2009. And...

Google Gets Virginians to the Polls

October 28, 2009 With the Virginia general election only a week away, residents of the commonwealth looking for voting information might find one of Google's latest gadgets useful. The 2009 Virginia Voting Information Project Google gadget, like most Google gadgets, can be scaled and embedded on any Web site. Virginia residents plug in...

Nothing on the Internet is Dead

October 26, 2009 A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published a piece about how e-mail's reign as the king of online communication is over. Author Jessica Vascellaro didn't decree the death of e-mail, she just argued the constant stream of updates social media services like Facebook and Twitter provide are more...

Who's Gonna Win a Webby?

October 22, 2009 Early-bird entries for the Webbies, an international contest often called the Emmys of the Internet, are being accepted until Oct. 30, and I am really hoping a number of federal Web managers are planning on entering their sites. Only a handful of fed Web sites have secured a nomination or...