Monday, June 29, 2009

Nextgov.com Launches Aggregated Twitter Page for Federal Government

/PRNewswire/ -- Nextgov.com's publisher, Government Executive Media Group, announced today that the web site has launched a new Web 2.0 tool which aggregates official Twitter feeds from federal government agencies.

Dubbed "The Feed," Nextgov's Twitter page pulls together the official Twitter feeds from dozens of federal agencies, allowing readers to monitor government activities in real time by visiting a single web page located at www.nextgov.com/thefeed.

Visitors to The Feed can opt to see all federal tweets in one place or they can select to see only certain categories of tweets, including business and finance, defense and diplomacy, law enforcement, government at work, and the White House.

"With President Obama's directive to federal agencies to increase transparency between the government and the American public, agencies are rapidly turning to social media tools such as Twitter to provide real time updates on their activities," noted Allan Holmes, Executive Editor for Nextgov. "In just one visit to The Feed, readers can see real time tweets from across the federal government such as a report from the Rose Garden on the President's energy bill speech, a warning from the National Terror Alert Response Center about terror threats in Sudan, and a tweet from the NIH on recent findings from their cancer research."

The Feed is already attracting accolades from around the federal community, including the Washington Post, which called The Feed "a definite bookmark for anyone interested in tracking government affairs in real time."

"The Feed is one of many recent Web 2.0 initiatives which are driving exceptional traffic growth on Nextgov," said Tim Hartman, Publisher of Digital Media, Government Executive Media Group. "Traffic is well ahead of our expectations and we are working on a stream of new features which should drive even more momentum."

Nextgov also utilizes Twitter to distribute federal IT news from its own reporters. Those interested in tracking breaking federal IT news can follow Nextgov at www.twitter.com/nextgov.

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