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Twitter-Versy!

Last week it was reported that Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich) Tweeted himself into the news by giving real time updates as he traveled to Iraq. He was in a delegation led by House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

His Tweets are chronologically reproduced verbatim from Twitter below:

Just landed in Baghdad. I believe it may be first time I’ve had bb service in Iraq. 11 th trip here.
9:41 PM Feb 5th from TwitterBerry

Moved into green zone by helicopter Iraqi flag now over palace.Headed to new US embassy Appears calmer less chaotic than previous here.
11:56 PM Feb 5th from TwitterBerry

Iraq! Issues! lLong term impact on containing Iran.. Need a coherent detainee strategy. Amb Crocker leaving after very successful tenure.
2:32 PM Feb 6th from TwitterBerry

More travel today!lots of interesting and new information Every trip is so unique. Progress/setbacks evolving strategies.
7:29 PM Feb 7th from TwitterBerry

Love twitter critics.Spelling mistakes. Sorry but riding in poor light, bouncing around,speed not accuracy. Lighten up. Its called twitter
7:30 PM Feb 7th from TwitterBerry

Headed home!Situation in Iraq improves significantly.Afghanistan poses challenges!Lots of stuff to talk about when I get home Monday late pm
3:38 PM Feb 8th from TwitterBerry

Just arrived back at Andrews. Press had access to CODEL thru photo op in mtgs with Iraqi President and a gov in Afghanistan.
2:01 PM Feb 9th from TwitterBerry

The Pentagon was not happy about a dignitary transmitting his location, in real time, to the world as he traveled to, from and within a war zone. If this social networking, faux pas, does not become fodder for a Saturday Nigh Live skit, I will be very disappointed. So, just in case they miss it, I have penned a few “what if Tweets that are linked here.

A good report on the media’s reaction to this Twitter-versy was written by Mitch Wagner of InformationWeek.

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Here is a link to the actual Twitter Blog of Rep. Hoekstra

Rep Hoekstra did respond on his website to the out cry caused bt his personal real time positioning of the Congressional delegation. He turned the whole issue into politics, as usual. He claimed it was the Democrats causing the problem and when they travel to Iraq it is covered by the news, so what’s the difference? The difference is that their exact location was not being blogcasted to the word in real-time. For someone who seems to enjoy Twittering and Web2.0, he really does not get it.

I explored the  political divide in the use of Web2.0 technologies in a previous article.

According to Time Magazine, there are now 65 members of Congress Twittering, or at least their staffs are Twittering on their behalf. There are reports of Congressmen sending Tweets from closed, confidential meetings. The ability to broadcast information from your mobile device is a real security concern for governmental agencies. Crackberry addiction is no longer a lonely affliction that just impacts you and your email address book. It impacts the world, and potentially, if you are not careful, world events.

This microblog broadcasting is not just an issue for Twitter. The famous status update on Facebook is really the same as a Tweet. The only difference between the two is that you are more likely to be followed by complete strangers on Twitter, as opposed to Facebook.

I had previously written about the Web2.0 gap between the Democrats and the Republicans. I , therefore should not be too critical of a Republican reaching out and trying to learn how to use Web2.0 social networking. Perhaps hey can do it in a way that does not endanger their lives?

With social networked instant updates causing national security issues, I decided to do a little hand analysis of Facebook by searching for members of various governmental agencies that have secret access to vital information. Here is what I found.

Agency                                             Members on Facebook                 
CIA                                                  >500 Including Felix Leiter

   
FBI                                                  >500 Including Fox Mulder and 2 Dana Scully’s

   
DOD                                               >500  

  
State Dept.                                    >500 Including 9 Hillary Clintons

   
Secret Service                                 145 

  
Home Land Security                   >500

   
Drug Enforcement Agency           290 

  
National Security Agency          >500

British MI6                                   >500 with 3 James Bonds’

Israeli Mossad                                 0

   
French DGSE                                   0

It is obvious that not all members who claim to be in the employ of our national security apparatus. However, there are real, some people, in this rather easy search, who do work for the CIA, FBI, NSA or Secret Service. The question is can you figure out who is legitimate and who is just trying to impress a potential date by claiming to be a spy.

I found it disturbingly easy to spot whom are the likely government employees. It was so disturbing that I will not publish my algorithm for managing this little feat. If I can figure this out, I am sure the “bad guys” would have no trouble.

In the case of Congressmen such as Pete Hoekstra the task is even easier. Just become his follower.

I would like to offer the Congressmen the same advice I give my “Tween” daughter, “You don’t have to post every little thought that comes into your head, maybe you should think a little before your post. It can save you from much embarrassment” My 13 year old daughter has learned how to be responsible with her social network; we can only hope that the Members of Congress and other government agencies learn the same lessons.

Note: Special Thanks to Sam Gronner, A Great PR guy and a Real  Mench for suggesting this topic to me this week!


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America 2.0

In a historic sense, we have officially begun the era of America 2.0. Many political pundits and Presidential historians will make a living for the next generation with analysis of what the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama will mean for our collective futures.

obamaMy angle is simple and parallels the major technological force that is reshaping our society, Web2.0.

In Presidential terms, there have been a few major inflection points in our history. If you doubt this just ask a grade school student.

There was Washington and the creation of our nation, Lincoln and emancipation and the Civil War, Franklin Roosevelt for the New Deal, World War II, and the Great (first?) Depression, Lyndon Johnson for civil rights, and Reagan for the the fall of the Soviet Union.

In each case history can be starkly categorized in a before and after view.

In communication technological terms we had similar points of demarcation such as the invention of language, use of written alphabets, scrolls and books, the printing press, mail service, libraries, telegraph, radio, television, telephone, wireless communications, computers, the Internet and now Web2.0.

President Obama came to power in the midst of, and partly because of, the changing societal norms in the way we all communicate.

Franklin Roosevelt with his fireside chats,  mastered radio as a communications vehicle. John Kennedy mastered the medium of television and Ronald Reagan combined television with a mastery of the pulpit at Evangelical Churches to communicate his message. President Obama is the first Web2.0 President.

The real message here is that we have now passed the tipping point for Web2.0. This is no longer an election story, but one that will be commonplace in how we move forward as a society.
Web2.0 will be part of all future marketing campaigns as well as political movements. The 10’s of millions of “friends” in the various Obama social networking groups do not cease to exist on January 21, 2009. Social Networks live on. These lists will grow, will influence, will be influenced, and will become the number one asset in the inevitable re-election campaign of 2012.

With a new found appreciation for the power of Web2.0, marketing organizations, brands and other organizations are jumping into this medium.

Here are my Web2.0 examples from the inauguration:

CNN.com

facebook/obama

How compelling was it to watch the inauguration on CNN’s web page with all of your Facebook friends scrolling their comments, compared to “Katie Couric 1.0” on one-way, non-interactive broadcast television?

Facebook Postings:

During the Inauguration I got recommendations from a relative in Israel, in real time, to befriend someone who was posting their reactions and photos, live from the Washington Mall by way of Facebook.

Falcons 1976:

My high school class recently started a virtual reunion on Facebook. This class was very much shaped by the titanic forces of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war. We had an integrated school district with busing in a community that was largely segregated. To share the joy and amazement of what we witnessed this week with some long lost schoolmates was fantastic.

Other:

Twitter, MySpace and Youtube were all a buzz with a constant flow of words, photos and videos.

We are all connected in a way that has tipped the political landscape.

During his speech, President Obama stated that the old rules no longer apply. There are many ways to interpret this statement. One way is that we are so connected with Web2.0 that the old rules of controlling mass public opinion are just that, old.

Social networks, whether formed for political purposes, commercial marketing or high school reunion’s organically exist, grow and feed amongst themselves. They are the new medium for mass communication.

The important lessons from history are that this change, this inflection point, is not inherently good or evil, it just is. Its power is in how it influences our real lives. In the case of President Obama, it has affected all of our lives and perhaps the future history of the world for the next generation.

It is up to us to determine the uses.

Will it continue to empower self expression and sharing of ideas or become an even more powerful mechanism for controlling public option?

We are now sitting at a point in history that will be written about for the next 100 years.

The choice is how we use this new communication medium is ours.

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