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It is right that so much of the emphasis in the ideas here speaks to ensuring usable, functional, easy-to-read sites. But I'd like to speak up for beauty a bit. Assuming they are also functional, I believe beautiful, carefully designed and crafted websites help people feel more confident in the agency or department they are dealing with. It helps them feel the site is current and modern. It can help them to feel that ...more »
In emergency situations, the fastest route to spread information in via social media, who in turn often inform those who aren't on. Being prepared is important. As the earthquake in the DC area recently showed, the discussion instantly begins online. The US Geological Survey's shackmap was shared very quickly. The existence of that resource meant people could get facts quickly. That's a great example. So what does that ...more »
There are certainly times when it's appropriate to do full studio photo shoots, but they can be costly. Frequently there are really good resources that people have already created and made available either for sale or by using Creative Commons licensing, as you can observe on Flickr or other places. The private sector has embraced this.
So when should you and when shouldn't you?
Aside from the big dogs, Facebook and Twitter, there are so many different platforms to engage in social media. Making informed decisions about which platforms are appropriate to invest time and money in is tricky. Do more platforms lead to social fragmentation? When do you need to be where your audience is?
So I ask: What are the criteria for making smart decisions and what should .gov be thinking about?
For a while we've recognized that the content we put online isn't always consumed where we originally put it. RSS may have been the initial method that significant numbers of people used. More and more people are embracing the idea of "content shifting". We may discover an important piece of content on Facebook or Twitter, but not have the time to read it. So we "Instapaper" it or "Read Later". Those services often ...more »
These days a lot of people are trying out different methods of collecting the wisdom of the public to make decisions. There should be open discussion about which methods are working, which ones don't, what results are to be expected, etc. There are technological platforms as well as traditional methods. This national dialogue shows there is interest in this approach. So I ask: What are good lessons, platforms, ideas ...more »
Maybe not an official ban, but there really needs to be an effort to avoid at all costs (or at least first mention) the use of acronyms. If you'd have to explain the acronym to your dad, then you shouldn't use it. We should think of them as swear words. If everyone had to pay a quarter each time they dropped an acronym, we could fill the deficit. :)
(I was tempted to categorize this as "Content in other languages.)
Some content remains valid for a long time, and serves as an ongoing resource. Other content primarily serves the purpose of providing an update, but becomes dated and inaccurate quickly. Consciously consider the differences and act accordingly. I've seen it happen time and again where really solid content that has been carefully crafted for a long life gets drowned out by press-releasy stuff because they are in the ...more »