March 22, 2009 By Bill Schrier
"Web 2.0" is taking the Internet by storm. Use of Facebook (and similar sites) has exploded and may even have become passé for some people. Even that notorious bastion of anti-change troglodytes, the U.S. Congress, apparently loves Twitter.
But, amazingly enough, social networking tools may not be of much use to local government, unless there are significant improvements or new applications.
This subject of this blog is basically: how do social media companies and local governments need to change to really bring social networking "to the people"?
Why do local governments (cities and counties) even exist? The answer to this question is easy: these are the governments most visible and directly involved in the daily lives of most people (although you certainly wouldn't know that by looking at newspaper headlines, the evening TV news and the blogosphere where the fedgov gets a lot more square inches of newspaper or computer monitor space).