Answering the challenges of an Open, Transparent Government. Vivek Kundra on Government 2.0 #gov20

Vivek Kundra U.S. Federal Government on Gov 2.0

Awesome opportunities for Web 2.0 / Social Media Developers

The movement toward Government 2.0 is great, this is like a leap toward Government 3.0.  I know there are plenty of intelligent/creative people out there that will be able to create some amazing things with http://data.gov

These are exciting times!  Opportunities Everywhere!

USAF Soars Through The Social Media Skies

The United States Air Force Raises the Social Media Bar

Happy Fav Five Friday!

new-media-and-the-air-forceAll I can say is WOW! I am really glad you are here. I seem to jump all over the place with Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, and Government 2.0. I try to include a little something for our wide audience of web strategist, developers, designers, government followers, and social media folks. In a previous post we covered some points on the difference between Enterprise 2.0 and Social Media. Today I would like to share some amazing things our government agencies and warfighters are doing with Social Media. Continue reading

Can Social Media Cure Cancer Using Tools Like Twitter?

Happy Fav Five Friday!

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A few days ago I was listening to President Obama Address to Joint Session of Congress.  He said some amazing things and delivered a vision of hope during these trying times.  I was very interested in one part, “a cure for cancer in our time”.  Did I hear that right?  A CURE FOR CANCER!  Imagine this, how incredible would that be, if this did not sound amazing?  What if we could talk about it like “cancer?, Oh yeah that was a disease that used to kill people.”  Can you imagine talking about cancer like it was an old 8 track tape player?  Children would barely know it even was?  Imagine all the other things the medical community could do after they are free from cancer.

I might be a little sensitive to this topic, because I am a cancer survivor.  I was dianogsed with cancer when I was 17 (more than 25 years ago).  I survived a year of chemotherapy and extensive out patient treatments.  Only by the grace of God, I am here today!  I have seen this terrible disease take the lives of brillant, beautiful people and my prayers go out to their family and friends.  I am willing to do what ever I can to help eliminate cancer.  I believe there are a few other people out there that are willing to make a difference and want to change the world.  Will you help?

Can Social Media Cure Cancer?

Do you remember the “Stand Up” campaign?  It’s still going strong and you can get involved.  This is a great example of how social media is making a difference.  This is an example of combining forces & resources into a synergy that is changing the world.

What Can You Do With Social Media?

Many of our readers here are expecting a fav five list.  I know this because I read my web logs, web analytics is a powerful thing and I recommend you take a peek at my tweets at twitter to learn more about Google Analytics.  Let me know if you would like me to post it here.  Let’s get on to the fav five friday list.  Usually I post 5 things here, but what about 5 things 5 times over?  Yeah, 25 things!

25 Ways Social Media Prepares You During Down Times

My friend Chris Brogan, which I never met, has helped numerous people in the world of social media.  He has a list that will help you with your web strategy and social needs.  There are some good tips on being proactive & making a little cash.  These are simple things you can do with Google, your blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media strategies.  There are even some tips about eliminating negitivity.  Check out his list of 25 ways social media prepares you during down times.

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FRAMEWORKS, WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN FRAMEWORKS!

Web 2.0 frameworks or Enterprise 2.0 frameworks serve as an abstraction layer supporting design patterns which allows integration of code libraries, services and application programming interfaces (APIs) to form a standard application programming interface (API). This approach promotes a rapid development strategy.

Your Current Enterprise 2.0 Framework

Oh yeah, every development team uses a framework. Your framework may consist of copying & pasting code snippets from various places in other projects, email, web sites, or somewhere on your network. Some frameworks are simple code structures that may store common header & footer elements separately from content elements that call the header & footer. This very simple framework could be a good early strategy for a car dealer business that may have 100s – 1,000s of pages to display car details. This approach would save a tremendous amount of time when updating the header or footer in one place instead of several thousand.

Which Framework should I Use?

The strategy for choosing your framework should include evaluating your Enterprise 2.0 goals. I recommend creating a framework comparison chart to assist you with the evaluation. The list of web application frameworks is fairly large and you should be able to easily find one to fit your needs.

The PHP Zend Framework

http://framework.zend.com/

Extending the art & spirit of PHP, Zend Framework is based on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, corporate friendly licensing, and a rigorously tested agile codebase. Zend Framework is focused on building more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.0 applications & web services, and consuming widely available APIs from leading vendors like Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, Flickr, as well as API providers and cataloguers like StrikeIron and ProgrammableWeb.
http://framework.zend.com/about/overview