A brilliant resource for public sector social media

A brilliant resource for public sector social media

It’s not very often I say this, but this site is brilliant: http://sandbox.dius.gov.uk/digitalgovuk/
It’s a site compiling examples of UK public sector use of social media. Nothing complicated there, and a concept that’s been executed with varying degrees of success on blogs, wikis, websites already.
But there’s a touch of social media magic behind this that I’ve not seen elsewhere.
Here are three reasons why I like it:

  • It uses freely available social media tools, like del.icio.us, to create an entirely new resource.
  • It fits in with the community spirit of social media as it will be a success because it will be updated by the community, tagging relevant content on del.icio.us with the tag digitalgovuk.
  • It’s full of fascinating and thought-provoking examples of how social media can be used in the public sector.

I’ll certainly be tagging interesting examples as I find them, and will find the site an invaluable resource over the coming months.
The site was created by Steph Gray from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills – he’s put together a great resource and if you’re interested in public sector social media check it out and get tagging.


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2 thoughts on “A brilliant resource for public sector social media”

  1. The longevity of such link collections is directly propotional to their usefullness and the trouble is, as is so often the case with government pages, the page now goes to a ‘404’ whether that is due to lack of focus, lack of curation, or simply that it is no longer required I dont know, but it is increasingly familiar message on public data pages.


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