Last month I attended a digital summit. As soon as you walked in you saw on the tables a clicker.  During the PowerPoint presentation of the keynote speaker, the audience was encouraged to use a clicker to vote or answer his questions.  I have also been watching on TwitterFall several conferences that people are tweeting all day during the conferences, and it gives you the feeling like you are there, virtually.  Also, with the latest release of FireFox 3.5, it seemed like within an hour of being released over 1 million downloads had occurred.  Between clickers, tweets, and open-source software, we give end users (or audience) the ability to have a choice.  Is that supposed to be the greatest thing about America? We are free to have a choice and have your voice heard, whether virtually or not.

Times have changed so drastically over the past 5 to 10 years, as I did not grow up with a computer, nor a television.  Web 2.0/3.0 technologies have opened up a world of more choice, engaging the end-user and more on the go applications. Although I’m not sure if that is good or bad, however, we don’t want to give up the freedom to go outside and enjoy the nature around us.

Twitter is totally AWESOME! Yesterday I was able to watch conversations as I was following two conferences that I could not physically attend.  #govwebcon and #TE2 via Twitterfall.com.  Today I demoed it to a co-worker while I was helping her with her Facebook page.  So if you get a chance visit her new facebook group for Chinsegut Nature Center.

Now that I have been an innovator advocate for social media in government, it is truly encouraging to see the WhiteHouse on twitter now. I think it will give a true leadership example to other government agencies.  I’m also glad to see that they are following other government agencies. I feel that we should support each others efforts by following other government agency — State and Local too.