The Government’s A-Twitter: Comprehensive List of Government Twitter Feeds

June 26, 2008 at 3:43 am 36 comments

This post is written in the spirit of social media guru Robert Scoble’s visit to DC and his interviews with political reps to discuss tech policy. Specifically, let’s talk about the fact that the U.S. government is a-twittering. True words, government and Twitter in the same sentence. Scoble reflects in his post here.

Even U.S. President George Bush sent out his 1st Twitter with the help of Sen. John Culberson when Sen. Culberson was showing the President both Twitter and Qik. You can see it here!

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Government Agencies

For government agencies, most often, the Twitter account is in conjunction with the government’s related blog. So, now, we’re getting government agencies who are not only blogging, but using TwitterFeed to promote the posts through Twitter. I am still rounding up info. to find government accounts on Jaiku and/FriendFeed.

@dipnote – The U.S. Department of State

@govgab - USA.gov, component of their blog, GovGab

@greenversations – The Environmental Protection Agency

@TSABlogTeam – Transportation Security Administration, Based on TSA’s Evolution of Security Blog

@USAgov – USA.gov

@GobiernoUSA – USA.gov’s Spanish Portal

@womenshealth - Womenshealth.gov

@NASA - Well, it’s NASA =) Check out NASA’s Twitter box and find various other NASA Twitter feeds about certain missions including @MarsPhoenix, @nasacolab, and 13 other NASA related feeds!

Government Officials

@BarackObama - Barack OBama

@joebiden – Sen. Joe Biden

@JimDeMint – Sen. Jim DeMint

@SenatorDodd – Sen. Chris Dodd

@ChuckGrassley – Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa)

@frankwatson – Sen. Frank Watson

@jiminhofe – Sen. Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma)

@johnculberson – Congressman John Culberson

@MarkUdall – Congressman Mark Udall (Colorado) On his website, he is even implementing his own mini-social network for citizens to join, blog and join county groups!

@TomLatham – Congressman Tom Latham (Iowa)

@neilabercrombie – Congressman Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii)

@ThadMcCotter – Congressman Thad McCotter (Michigan)

@CongJoeWilson – Congressman Joe Wilson

@schwarzenegger - California Gov. Arnold Schwarsenegger

@GovernorGibbons – Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons

@govgranholm – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

@johncherry – Michigan Lieutenant Gov. John Cherry

@PeterKinder – Missouri Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder

U.S. States

@coloradogov – Colorado Government

@kygov – Kentucky Government

@vermontgov – Vermont Government

@UtahGov – Utah Government

@SCGOV - South Carolina Government

@www_maine_gov – Maine Government

@rigov – Rhode Island Government

Other

@TheWhiteHouse - The White House

@HouseFloor - U.S. House of Representatives

@SenateFloor – The U.S. Senate

@NRSC – National Republican Senatorial Committee

@secgen – The U.N. Secretary General

If I missed any, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

Ok, what are your thoughts? Is this a good thing? What does this mean, and how will it affect or impact constituent and government relations? LOVE to hear, =)

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  • 1. Nedra  |  June 26, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Great compilation! They’ve got a long way to go to be able to use the technology as social media rather than just blasting their message out unidirectionally. At least it’s a start!

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  • 2. Jonathan Coffman  |  June 26, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    This post is getting bookmarked, great job finding all of those. Transparency FTW!

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  • 3. jaywalk1  |  June 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Great post! Thanks for making this list!

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  • 4. Government Twittering « Insomnic Dreams  |  June 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    [...] Alexandra Rampy at SocialButterfly has collected a large list of government Twitter feeds. So here is another way to keep track of some of our Government’s happenings in a quick and [...]

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  • 5. Vanessa  |  June 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Great post! I had no idea so many agencies were this open to social media. In my previous experience working with government agencies, they were a lot resistant to getting into social media. It’s nice to know that all agencies aren’t scared to jump in.

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  • 6. Andre  |  June 26, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    This is wonderful, thanks Alex!

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  • 7. SocialButterfly  |  June 26, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks everyone! It’s a trend I’ve been noticing slowly but surely. So, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how the government enters the social media waters. =)

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  • 8. Leigh Ann Hubbard  |  June 30, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Wow. Great list. Thanks for posting this.

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    Managing Editor
    James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor

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  • 9. Jeffrey Levy  |  July 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Hey, very cool and thanks for the mention! We’re still eagerly exploring how best to use Twitter and similar sites at the Environmental Protection Agency. I look forward to chatting with you soon.

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  • 10. socialbutterfly4change  |  July 9, 2008 at 4:08 am

    @Leigh Thanks for the props!

    @Jeffrey thanks for the props! Def. let me know what other type of information might be helpful, esp. with e-government. For my FT job, I work with government agencies, helping them navigate the social media and social marketing worlds. I commend the EPA with branching out to Twitter. Would have loved to be a fly on the wall during those conversations, ;) Very exciting!

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  • 12. socialbutterfly4change  |  August 1, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    AIDS.gov has joined the group of Government blogs twittering. They are live-twittering the International AIDS conference in Mexico over the August 3rd weekend: http://twitter.com/AIDSbooth

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  • [...] aka Alexandra Rampy created a wonderful list of government agencies and legislators active on Twitter. Hopefully this list will grow even longer in the future. You can also check out the list of blogs [...]

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  • 14. Jemarion  |  August 7, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    has anyone compiled a list of government agencies on facebook?

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  • 15. socialbutterfly4change  |  August 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I do have a list of government agencies on facebook, MySpace, Eons, etc. but it was produced while at my professional day time job…but perhaps we can connect and chat? ;) socialbutterfly4change@gmail.com

    This twitter list was on my own time. =)

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  • 16. mikekujawski  |  August 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Excellent post, I’m working on a similar list of Canadian Public Sector and Non-Profit twitter users. I will reference your list in my social media intro workshops if you don’t mind!

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  • 17. socialbutterfly4change  |  August 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    @mikekujawski Sounds great Mike! I don’t mind as long as I’m listed at the source. Thanks!

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  • 18. Ari Herzog  |  August 21, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for this list.

    May I suggest that for US Government tweeters, you point people to this wiki I maintain as part of the Twitter Fan Wiki?

    Keep up the good work.

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  • 20. Jeremy B  |  August 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Don’t forget about us state agencies. Here at the Washington State Department of Transportation we are using twitter to provide construction and traveler information for the state of Washington. Localized updates to let citizens get advanced information to help them plan their trip. We were thinking about using it for disaster communications but are concerned about the instability of Twitter to rely on it for off site business continuance.

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  • 21. Bev Godwin  |  August 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    GREAT list. Thanks!!

    Here is another government tweet from the folks at the GSA Office of Citizen Services — which also brings you USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, and GovGab.gov

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  • 22. socialbutterfly4change  |  August 23, 2008 at 4:09 am

    @Ari thanks for the tip on that great resource!

    @JeremyB Thanks for stopping by, and def. don’t want to exclude anyone, so thank you alerting me to Wash.’s State Dept. of Transportation. What has been the response so far, on a state level, of connecting with constituents through Twitter?

    @Bev Godwin I am honored by your comment, as it made my day! I am a big fan of yours and your ongoing social media and government research. I refer to webcontent.gov very often, and appreciate your willingness, especially in navigating the social media waters for government. Curious, from your experience, what are most people’s reaction within agencies when you mention social media and government together?

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  • 23. Len Sipes  |  August 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Per federal government podcasts and twitter–please see http://media.csosa.gov for the nation’s most popular radio and television programs on the Internet for criminal justice topics.

    Please see http://twitter.com/lensipes for updates.

    Best, Len Sipes
    Senior Public Affairs Specialist
    Federal Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

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  • 24. Dave  |  August 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    You can add the Peace Corps’ tweet to the list: http://twitter.com/peacecorps.

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  • 26. Gregg  |  August 27, 2008 at 11:59 am

    You can add http://twitter.com/usjfcom

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  • 28. Gwynne Kostin  |  September 4, 2008 at 3:47 am

    Great and thanks for compiling!

    Two more to add to your llist:

    twitter.com/readydotgov for emergency preparedness info

    twitter.com/dhsjournal for rss feed of Homeland Security Leadership Journal

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  • 31. AIDS.gov  |  September 12, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Just wanted to let you know that we’re not Twittering at twitter.com/AIDSgov (/AIDSbooth was for the International AIDS Conference – but now it looks like we’re here to stay). Thanks for compiling this great list and for including us!

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  • 33. Andy  |  November 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve done lists… So I can appreciate the fact that some hard work went into it. I read earlier that only under 30′s went on facebook. Now I’m reading that over 60′s go on twitter!?

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  • 34. socialbutterfly4change  |  November 11, 2008 at 4:19 am

    @Andy Thank you for the compliments. And, you’re right about older audiences adopting newer technologies. A study conducted by the NPD Group recently reported that 41% of Boomers have visited social networking sites! Link: http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/digital/e3i651eebcf2abebf4377e6383007dbecd8

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  • 35. DelaWonk | Behold the Power of Twitter  |  November 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm

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