There are SO many types of blogs these days. They range from free public blogs to paid blog enterprise platforms as well as personal blogs, corporate and organizational blogs, and even blogs by genre or topic. For example, there are blogs by topic such as environmental blogs.
Blogging is a broad topic, especially if one is trying to wade through the forest to get to trees and it could be daunting. I hope this post sheds some light on the subject. With so many choices, I would love to hear from you, please tell me about your favorite blog and why?
The following list provided by Greenedia provide links to popular environmental subtopics:
All Blogs | Alternative Energy | Batteries | Biodiesel | Biofuels | Carbon |Cleantech | Conservation | Electric Vehicles | Energy Efficiency | Energy Policy | Energy Prices | Environmental Economics | Environmentalism | Ethanol | Fuel Cells | Geothermal Energy | Global Warming & Climate Change | Green Asia | Green Building | Green Business | Green Canada | Green Europe | Green Politics | Green Venture Capital | Hybrid Cars & Trucks | Hydro Energy | Incentives & Rebates | LEED Building | Nuclear Energy | Peak Oil |Renewable Energy | Research and Studies | Solar Energy | Stocks & Investing |Sustainable Development | Wave and Tidal Power | Wind Energy.
I am providing a link to a cool environmental blog and website which are combined as an initiative of the Montgomery County, MD, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This blog is supported by several County departments and agencies. The website and blog help County residents find local programs, services, resources and answers to en environmental questions in one place. It is written by Maryland’s Montgomery County Government.
The following list below provides other worthy blogs which cover a broad range of select environmental topics (I am sure there are more, please let me know if you have some you like):
- HuffPost Green, has bolstered its editorial staff and original content
- Time’sEcocentric, does a good job covering business and energy
- RealClimate’s commentary, a blog written by working climate scientists
- Civil Eats, if food is your thing
- Streetsblog, which covers transportation and planning
- OnEarth Blog
- The Guardian: Environment Blog
- Discovery News: Earth
- High Country News: The Goat
- The Cleanest Line
- The New York Times: Dot Earth
- Mother Jones: Blue Marble
- Yale Environment 360
- The New York Times: Green
There are also blogs by media type and even blogs comprised of videos which are called vlogs. And, blogs comprising of just links is called a linklog, a site containing a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or one comprising photos is called a photoblog. There are blogs with shorter posts and mixed media types are called tumblelogs. And least but not last, there are blogs which are written on typewriters and then scanned which are called typecast or typecast blogs; see typecasting (blogging).
Blogs can also be defined by which type of device is used to compose it. For example, a blog written by a mobile device like a mobile phone or PDA or moblog. One early blog was a Wearable Wireless Webcam, an online shared diary of a person’s personal life combining text, video, and pictures transmitted live from a wearable computer and EyeTap device to a web site. This practice of semi-automated blogging with live video together with text was referred to as sousveillance. Such journals have been used as evidence in legal matters.
- Reverse blogs
A Reverse Blog is composed by its users rather than a single blogger. This system has the characteristics of a blog, and the writing of several authors. These can be written by several contributing authors on a topic, or opened up for anyone to write.
If you are looking for more information and resources try some of the links below?
- More about the history of blogging in greater detail on Wikipedia.
- Check out the opensource resources at wikimatrix.org
- Technorati’s Top 100 blogs to keep up
- Blog Search Engines:
Directly below are 13 free blog sites to checkout if you are thinking about starting your own blog. And finally, below the list of the 13 free blogs, is a much longer list of about 200 blog sites and blogging platforms. I have left out the URL links to these, so you will need to just copy and paste any that interest you into your Internet browser.
2) Busy Thumbs
7) Open Diary
11) On sugar
12) Text Pattern
And, finally here is a list of some 220+ Blogging Platforms:
- Yahoo 360 // Service Discontinued
- Windows Live Spaces // Service Discontinued
- Blogs.bigadda.com // Indian Service
- Blog.co.in // Indian Service
- Perfspot.com // Indian Service
- Opera Community
In a world of media overload and convergence everywhere, I wonder which media/PR companies do their own best marketing and outreach? I ran acorss an article on Etrade this morning which is worthy of a read, because all gov agencies have public affairs offices and many may use PR firms to help them with their outreach. Does frequency of message output mean you are the best? The following might be considered the gold standard of who does it best, from DOWs point of view. Happy Saturday Everyone! More snow is coming our way!!! :) ———————————————————————————————————————————————————- 5:00 AM ET 1/27/11 | SOURCE: PR Newswire Dow Jones Insight Analysis Ranks Coverage of Large and Mid-Size PR Agencies How effective are the world’s leading public relations firms at promoting and managing their own brands? Using the Dow Jones Insight media analysis tool, Dow Jones measured the media coverage of the world’s public relations firms, compiling a list of the large and mid-size firms that generated the most media attention during 2010. Of the firms examined world-wide, Hill & Knowlton and Frank Public Relations drew top media coverage volume for large and mid-size agencies, respectively. This analysis, the first in a two-part series, measured PR firms’ coverage in traditional media outlets. Part two in the series, an analysis of social media coverage of PR firms, will be released in June 2011. Dow Jones designated firms with more than $50 million in annual fee income as large. Of the 25 firms in that category, Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller and Weber Shandwick Worldwide were the top three most-covered. Fleishman-Hillard and Porter Novelli were fourth and fifth. “Leveraging the sophisticated media analysis that firms and corporations use to uncover potential risks and opportunities for their brands, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the media coverage of the world’s best-known communications firms and determine which agencies are practicing what they preach,” said Martin Murtland, vice president and managing director at Dow Jones. Of the mid-size firms, or those with a fee income ranging from $10 million to $50 million, the most-covered agencies were Frank Public Relations, Allison & Partners, Makovsky & Co., 5W Public Relations and Padilla Speer Beardsley. Dow Jones analysis designated 70 firms as mid-size. Murtland added, “It’s no surprise that Hill & Knowlton was the firm that generated the most coverage. However, Frank Public Relations topping the list as most-covered mid-size agency proves that size doesn’t always matter, as its fee income was in the bottom ten firms in its category.” They top PR Firms are: U.S. large: Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller and Weber Shandwick U.S. mid-size: Allison & Partners, Makovsky & Co. and 5W Public Relations U.K. large: Grayling, Brunswick Group and Financial Dynamics U.K. mid-size: Lansons Communications, Finsbury and Blue Rubicon The analysis is located at http://bit.ly/gTyuRr, also included is a regional breakdown, identifying the top three coverage generators by firm size in the U.S. and U.K. PR Agency Analysis Methodology Using Dow Jones Insight’s qualitative and quantitative media measurement metrics, this Dow Jones media analysis provides a high-level view of the traditional media landscape surrounding some of the most sought-after communications firms in the industry. The firms were chosen from a compilation of industry reports and rankings of the world’s leading public relations firms based on fee income. Companies were categorized by size and region, and evaluated based on competitive coverage volume in global print publications, including newspapers and trade and business publications. The analysis eliminated news releases and media contact mentions. Dow Jones Insight uses innovative text mining and analytic technologies to help organizations keep informed about relevant issues, news, conversations and trends emerging in mainstream, Web and social media.Dow Jones Insight’s global content collection includes more than 28,000 news and information sources as well as millions of blogs, message boards and posts from YouTube and Twitter. More information about Dow Jones Insight can be found at http://www.dowjones.com/moreinfo/prcc.
Is this the state of our Media? Have we gone too far? Not far enough? A FOX Station Airs Hilarious Social Media Parody… http://on.mash.to/9VkwwQ RT
With the ever broadening social media landscape, here is a Twitter Directory by Topical Index Heading @ http://mashable.com/twitterlists
Here are some others social media lists or directories which you might be interested in as well:
Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older has nearly doubled — from 22% to 42% over the past year.
While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Although email continues to be the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, many users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications — sharing links, photos, videos, news and status updates with a growing network of contacts.
Half (47%) of internet users ages 50-64 and one-in-four (26%) users ages 65 and older now use social networking sites.
Half of online adults ages 50-64 and one-in-four wired seniors now count themselves among the Facebooking and LinkedIn masses. That’s up from just 25% of online adults ages 50-64 and 13% of those ages 65 and older who reported social networking use one year ago in a survey conducted in April 2009.
Young adult internet users ages 18-29 continue to be the heaviest users of social networking sies like Facebook and LinkedIn, with 86% saying they use the sites. However, over the past year, their growth paled in comparison with the gains made by older users. Between April 2009 and May 2010, internet users ages 50-64 who said they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn grew 88% and those ages 65 and older grew 100% in their adoption of the sites, compared with a growth rate of 13% for those ages 18-29.
One-in-ten (11%) online adults ages 50-64 and one-in-twenty (5%) online adults ages 65 and older now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves or see updates about others.
The use of Twitter and other services to share status updates has also grown among older users — most notably among those ages 50-64. While just 5% of users ages 50-64 had used Twitter or another status-update service in 2009, 11% now say they use these tools. On a typical day, 6% of online adults ages 50-64 make Twitter a part of their routine, up from the 1% who did so in 2009.
By comparison, social networking sites have gained a much larger foothold in the lives of older Americans over time. One-in-five (20%) online adults ages 50-64 say they use social networking sites on a typical day, up from 10% one year ago. Likewise, 13% of online adults ages 65 and older log on to social networking sites, compared with just 4% who did so in 2009.
Email and online news are still more appealing to older users, but social media sites attract many repeat visitors.
While email may be falling out of favor with today’s teenagers, older adults still rely on it heavily as an essential tool for their daily communications. Overall, 92% of those ages 50-64 and 89% of those ages 65 and older send or read email and more than half of each group exchanges email messages on a typical day. Online news gathering also ranks highly in the daily media habits of older adults; 76% of internet users ages 50-64 get news online, and 42% do so on a typical day. Among internet users ages 65 and older, 62% look for news online and 34% do so on a typical day.
Social media properties — including networking and status-update sites — are newer additions to the daily digital diet of older adults. Yet, the “stickiness” of the sites is notable. To look at the data another way, among the pool of adults ages 50 and older who use social networking sites, 44% used them on the day prior to their being contacted for our survey.
The pool of Twitter and status update users ages 50 and older is too small to segment, but the behavior of this limited early adopter group does suggest a similar tendency towards regular use of the sites.
By comparison, less than half of online banking users ages 50 and older visited the sites on a typical day and less than one-in-five older users of online classified sites reported use of the sites “yesterday.”
Source: Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project
August 27, 2010
Continue reading the full report at pewinternet.org.
I posted a list of media, reporters and editors who are on Twitter. Now, I am posting a list of Government persons and Government agencies on Twitter (& Government Blogs are next). I imagine that such lists could be used to build a new sort of media 2.0 list for any small business, media or PR professional in one place.
As a result, I came across this fabulous list which may be useful to media, PR, communication and public affairs proffessionals and I am reposting it to increase its circulation. It is a fabulous source. The list includes people and agencies of the U.S. government, organized according to the executive branch, legislative branch, and related sections.
The original source page changes from time to time so to keep up with those changes Click for RSS updates
Other resources include:
- Congresspedia for detailed information on members of Congress.
- Congressional140 provides a dynamically updating tweetstream of all of the Congress members twitter updates. Follow @congress140.
- GovTwit has a web directory and a Twitter account @GovTwit that encompasses U.S. federal, state, and local as well as International accounts.
- TweetCongress has a web directory and Twitter account @TweetCongress for a listing of members. Anyone can add new names there, too.
- Any people listed, other than members of Congress, do not necessarily represent their agencies.
- If any people or agencies are unofficial feeds, they are marked as such.
- If you notice anyone or anything missing, you are welcome to edit yourself; else please send a tweet to @ariherzog
Executive Branch (including Cabinet, departments, and agencies)
- President Barack Obama (campaign)
- First Lady Michelle Obama (unofficial)
- Vice President Joe Biden
- The White House
- The White House: Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Centers for Disease Control: CDC Emergency and Preparedness
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps (broadcast only)
- Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps Alumni (not taxpayer-funded)
- Corporation for National and Community Service: Learn and Serve America
- Corporation for National and Community Service: National Conference on Volunteering and Service
- Corporation for National and Community Service: National Service Learning Clearinghouse
- Corporation for National and Community Service: Resources
- Corporation for National and Community Service: Senior Corps
- Department of Agriculture: Animal Welfare Information Center
- Department of Agriculture: Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
- Department of Agriculture: Food Safety Information Center
- Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Marine Sanctuary
- Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Ocean Service
- Department of Defense: Joint Staff
- Department of Defense: Maxine Teller, Public Affairs
- Department of Defense: Mark Drapeau, Research Fellow, National Defense University
- Department of Defense: Pentagon Channel
- Department of Defense: Stars and Stripes
- Department of Defense: Army & Air Force Exchange Service
- Department of Defense: U.S. Joint Forces Command
- Department of Defense: U.S. European Command (via Ed Buclatin, Captain, US Navy, Director of Public Affairs)
- Department of Defense: U.S. Pacific Command
- Department of Defense: U.S. Southern Command
- Department of Defense: U.S. Central Command
- Department of Defense: Department of Air Force: Air Force Public Affairs Agency
- Department of Defense: Department of Air Force: USAF Band
- Department of Defense: Department of Air Force: Alan Black, Public Affairs
- Department of Defense: Department of Air Force: Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Department of Defense: Department of Army: US Army
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: US Navy
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: US Fleet Forces IA
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: US Pacific Fleet
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Naval Air Forces
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Naval Surface Forces
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: US 7th Fleet
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Navy Personnel Command
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public Affairs
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: National Naval Aviation Museum
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Hampton Roads Naval Museum
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Navy Office of Information New York
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division: ?, public affairs
- Deparmtent of Defense: Department of Navy: Naval War College
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Navy Exchange
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Submarine Group 2
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Navy Experimental Diving Unit
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Constitution
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Nimitz
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Carl Vinson
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS George Washington
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS John C. Stennis
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Harry S. Truman
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Ronald Reagan
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Bonhomme Richard
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Chafee
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: USS Wayne E. Meyer
- Department of Defense: Department of Navy: Navy Fleet & Family Support
- Department of Defense: U.S. Coast Guard (unofficial)
- Department of Education: Department of Education
- Department of Energy: Argonne National Laboratory
- Department of Energy: Brookhaven National Laboratory
- Department of Health & Human Services: AIDS.gov
- Department of Health & Human Services: Food & Drug Administration: FDA Recalls
- Department of Health & Human Services: Healthcare 411
- Department of Health & Human Services: National Institutes of Health: NIH Communications Office
- Department of Health & Human Services: Office of Population Affairs
- Department of Health & Human Services: Office on Women’s Health
- Department of Homeland Security: Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA In Focus
- Department of Homeland Security: Leadership Journal
- Department of Homeland Security: Transportation Security Administration blog team
- Department of Homeland Security: US Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Department of Housing and Urban Development: Departmental Web Team
- Department of Housing and Urban Development: Office of Public Affairs
- Department of the Interior: National Park Service: Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park
- Department of the Interior: National Park Service: National Center for Preservation Technology & Training
- Department of the Interior: National Park Service: Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Nature Notes
- Department of State: America.gov
- Department of State: America.gov blogger Michelle Brooks
- Department of State: America.gov Print
- Department of State: Co. Nx. Webchats
- Department of State: Country-specific Information, travel department
- Department of State: Dipnote, official blog feed
- Department of State: Exchange Connect
- Department of State: Global Partnership Center: Jim Thompson, acting director
- Department of State: US Consulate, Munich
- Department of State: US Embassy, Bangkok
- Department of State: US Embassy, Belgrade
- Department of State: US Embassy, Brussels
- Department of State: US Embassy, Kabul
- Department of State: US Embassy, London
- Department of State: US Embassy, Maputo
- Department of State: US Embassy, Ottawa
- Department of State: US Embassy, San Jose
- Department of State: US Embassy, Zambia
- Department of State: US Mission, Geneva
- Department of State: US Mission, New Zealand
- Department of State: US Mission, Vienna
- Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Health Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency: EPA
- Environmental Protection Agency: Greenversations blog
- Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: FERC (unofficial feed, not endorsed by FERC)
- General Services Administration: Federal Citizen Information Center
- General Services Administration: Office of Citizen Services and Communications: GovGab
- General Services Administration: Office of Citizen Services and Communications: GobiernoUSA.gov
- General Services Administration: Office of Citizen Services and Communications: USA.gov
- General Services Administration: Public Buildings Service: Industry Relations
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Astrobiology Institute
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: CoLab, advising and consulting on NASA collaboration
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Desert RATS
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Earth Observatory, echoed at Natural Hazard
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: GLAST
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Hubble Space Telescope
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jason-1 project
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Kepler
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Lunar Atmosphere & Dust Environment Explorer
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Lunar Crater Observation & Sensing Satellite
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: NanoSail-D mission, first solar sail created for nanosatellites
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: NASA EDGE
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: PharmaSat
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: PreSat
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Public Affairs
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Solar Dynamics Observatory
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: HiRISE
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Emma Antunes, web manager
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Erika Vick, Strategic Communications Specialist
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Ames Research Center: Public Affairs Office
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Ames Research Center: Kimberly Ennico, payload scientist
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Goddard Space Flight Center: Linda Cureton, chief information officer
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Goddard Space Flight Center: Ravi Sharma, engineer
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Innovative Partnerships Program: Doug Comstock, director
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Cassini, flying around Saturn
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Earth Vital Signs
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mars Exploration Rover
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jet Propulsion Laboratory: News, unofficial feed, not endorsed by JPL
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Phoenix Mars Lander
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Langley Research Center: Bil Kleb, computational aerothermodynamist
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Marshall Space Flight Center: Daniel Kanigan, public affairs
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Chris Rasmussen, social software knowledge manager/trainer
- National Museum of Health and Medicine (at Walter Reed Army Medical Center): MedicalMuseum & Tim Clarke (public affairs)
- National Science Foundation: NSF
- Office of Personnel Management: OPM
- Securities and Exchange Commission: SEC Investor Education
- Small Business Administration: twitter.com/sbagov
- Smithsonian Institution
- Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Air & Space
- Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History
- Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Natural History
- Smithsonian Institution: National Zoo
- Smithsonian Institution: Resident Associates
- Social Security Administration: Lee Alviar, public affairs specialist in Dallas
- U.S. Agency for International Development (broadcast only)
- U.S. Geological Survey: USGS
- U.S. Geological Survey News: USGSNews
- U.S. Geological Survey Podcasts: USGSPodcasts
- U.S. Geological Survey: Earthquake & Tsunami Warning
- U.S. Geological Survey: Dave Govoni, e-research strategist, paleontologist
- U.S. Intelligence Community: Andrea Baker
- U.S. Intelligence Community: Heather Cox
- U.S. Intelligence Community: John Hale
- U.S. Peace Corps: PeaceCorps (FYI: National Peace Corps Association)
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Business.Gov
Legislative Branch: U.S. Senate
- Votes from the Senate floor
- Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
- Sam Brownback (R-KS) (unofficial)
- Tom Coburn (R-OK)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- John Cornyn (R-TX)
- James DeMint (R-SC)
- Chris Dodd (D-CT)
- Richard Durbin (D-IL) (unofficial)
- John Ensign (R-NV)
- Russ Feingold (D-WI)
- Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (unofficial)
- Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
- Kay Hagan (D-NC)
- Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
- James Inhofe (R-OK)
- Mel Martinez (R-FL)
- John McCain (R-AZ), presidential candidate in 2008
- Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
- Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
- Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (unofficial)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Ben Nelson (D-NE)
- Bill Nelson (D-FL)
- Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), former NH Governor
- Arlen Specter (D-PA)
- John Thune (R-SD)
- Mark Udall (D-CO)
- Tom Udall (D-NM)
- David Vitter (R-LA)
- Mark Warner (D-VA)
- Roger Wicker (R-MS)
- Dick Lugar (R-IN)
Legislative Branch: House of Representatives
- Votes from the House floor
- House Committee on Armed Services (Republicans)
- House Committee on Oversight and Government (Republicans)
- House Committee on Science and Technology (unofficial)
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- House Committee on Ways and Means
- House Committee on Ways and Means (Republicans)
- House Republican Conference Committee
- House Republican Policy Committee
- Office of the Law Revision Counsel
- Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
- Steve Austria (R-OH)
- Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)
- Gresham Barrett (R-SC)
- John Barrow (D-GA)
- Joe Barton (R-TX)
- Bob Beauprez (R-CO)
- Judy Biggert (R-IL)
- Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
- Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
- Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Whip
- John Boehner (R-OH), Minority Leader; also runs GOP Leader
- John Boozman (R-AR)
- Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
- Kevin Brady (R-TX)
- Paul Broun (R-GA)
- Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
- Michael Burgess (R-TX)
- Dan Burton (R-IN)
- Eric Cantor (R-VA)
- Judge John Carter (R-TX)
- Mike Castle (R-DE)
- Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
- Mike Coffman (R-CO)
- Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
- John Culberson (R-TX)
- Artur Davis (D-AL)
- Keith Ellison (D-MN)
- Mary Fallin (R-OK)
- Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
- John Fleming (R-LA)
- Randy Forbes (R-VA)
- Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
- Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
- Trent Frakes (R-AZ)
- Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
- Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
- Gregg Harper (R-MS)
- Dean Heller (R-NV)
- Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
- Mike Honda (D-CA)
- Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
- Bob Inglis (R-SC)
- Steve Israel (D-NY)
- Darrell Issa (R-CA)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
- Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
- Hank Johnson (D-GA)
- Jim Jordan (R-OH)
- Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)
- Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- Randy Kuhl (R-NY)
- Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), presidential candidate in 2008
- Tom Latham (R-IA)
- Robert Latta (R-OH)
- Chris Lee (R-NY) (unofficial?)
- Sandy Levin (D-MI)
- Cynthia Loomis (R-WY)
- Ben Lujan (D-NM)
- Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)
- Dan Manzullo (R-IL)
- Ken Marchant (R-TX)
- Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
- Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
- Buck McKeon (R-CA)
- Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA)
- Kendrick Meek (D-FL)
- Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
- Mike Michaud (D-ME)
- Candice Miller (R-MI)
- George Miller (D-CA), also runs Educ & Labor Democrats
- Harry Mitchell (D-AZ)
- Gwen Moore (D-WI)
- Glenn Nye (D-VA)
- Jim Oberstar (D-MN)
- Pete Olson (R-TX)
- Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
- Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
- Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House (unofficial)
- Mike Pence (R-IN)
- Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
- Tom Perriello (D-VA)
- Chellie Pingrie (D-ME)
- Jared Polis (D-CO)
- Tom Price (R-GA)
- George Radanovich (R-CA)
- Charles Rangel (D-NY)
- Dennis Rehberg (R-MT)
- Dave Reichert (R-WA)
- Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
- Tom Rooney (R-FL)
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
- Peter Roskam (R-IL)
- Paul Ryan (R-WI)
- Tim Ryan (D-OH)
- Aaron Schock (R-IL)
- Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
- Joe Sestak (D-PA)
- Christopher Shays (R-CT)
- John Shimkus (R-IL)
- Bill Shuster (R-PA)
- John Sullivan (R-OK)
- Lee Terry (R-NE)
- Glenn Thompson (R-PA
- Zach Wamp (R-TN)
- Joe Wilson (R-SC)
- Rob Wittman (R-VA)
- John Yarmuth (D-KY)
Former U.S. Legislators
- Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Speaker of the House
- Bob Barr (L-GA), former Representative, presidential candidate in 2008
- John Edwards (D-NC), former Senator, presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008
- Fred Grandy (R-IA), former Representative
- Mike Gravel (D-AK), former Senator, presidential candidate in 2008
- John Kasich (R-OH), former Representative
- Bob Ney (R-OH), former Representative
- Bob Schaffer (R-CO), former Representative
Do you need an eXtreme MarCom 2.0 makeover for your online news page(s)? Well, below are some tips for strategic consideration.
Public relations and marketing is all about the conversation and engagement, these days. Right?
And, depending on which camp you are in; communications, marketing or both, you can more effectively enable the “conversation” by shaping opinion, and opening the door towards selling the products, services and information you offer through MarCom 2.0.
MarCom 2.0 offers new ways to do business. An evolved and matured communications model is continuous communications, strategically integrated across multiple channels. Consider, that if you are not part of where and how the new conversation is taking place then you could be missing huge opportunities with the advent of Now PR and the changing social media landscape.
In putting the cards on the table, I preface this post with the following obvious statements. And, I will never discount or dismiss that:
- Face-to face communication and personal relationship building is still very important and relevant.
- Research is key to excellent communication, marketing and business success.
- Traditional PR ethics, and methods still have significant value.
But, the times and new technologies are forcing us to change how we converse. And, it is time to consider restrategizing how to make use of MarCom 2.0 tools, and Internet enabled audiences by going where the people are located.
Key to your strategic planning questions, “Who are Your 2.0 Influencers?” (Here is a semi-relevant article, GovTech’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2010).
I assume, if you are a PR, MarCom, marketing or communication professional, that your goal is to help the media, your constituents and your key influencers to do their job more efficiently to achieve your overall communication and business goals. More, to the point, drive traffic, shape opinion, create change, win more business and win more clients with consistent continuous integrated communications.
The Internet never sleeps and it transcends all business time zones and media deadlines, 24/7/365, no matter where you are.
Hence, the term Now PR.
An online corporate newsroom with stagnant content and a lack of adequate media “engagement” could be minimizing your ability to sway public opinion, increase awareness about your products and services or simply marginalizing your ability to win new business.
I provide the following analogies purely for contextual consideration (and for some fun):
- Would you still use a scythe, hay rack, horse and a single fixed steel plow blade, harrowing disks to “cultivate and harvest” or would you use a modern combines and ??? Wait, let me make the analogy more relevant to communications.
- Would you use a Gutenberg press, telegraph/tele-type, the linotype machine, or the typewriter to issue your Brand, messaging or news to those “harvesting” information about your company these days? My, my, my we sure have come a long way. We have so many more channels to chose from. Bull horns are still optional, as well.
If you use one antiquated method, tactic, tool or channel you could be missing the boat. You do not have to swallow the entire elephant at one time. But, I preface, if you are not strategically instituting incremental changes in moving towards communication 2.0, then you could be presenting your brand, your corporation or your agency as an out dated Linotype machine that it operates at a slow technological pace versus current day new media and other MarCom professionals who require new media formats and newer interactive elements. And, if well planned your Internet newsrooms can serve to meet many MarCom needs.
If you’ve built your online newsroom, and realize that your corporation, small business, organization, agency and/or Brand needs a makeover then the following tips can help in moving you towards making use of some new tools, new standards and evolving new interactive communication best practices to attract media,
Journalists, editors, and new business prospects require the basic nuts and bolts about who you are, what you do and how you do it. Before beginning your strategic communication 2.0 makeover, please make sure that you have the core communication basics covered by incorporating:
- Your public relations/media contacts (who is your key editorial/media voice for your CEO & Company?
- Company basic facts
- Perspective on the industry/Your target business sectors/events/issues
- High resolution images for downloading/use by media (executive images, salient other images)
- Updated financial information ( private companies would not do so, but may provide a one pager on percent of growth, general sales/revenues and growth goals and growth direction
- Archived news releases by date ( possibly by key words as well)
Here are a some next steps for strategic communication 2.0 planning consideration:
- If you are operating on limited funds, you might consider using some free resources already widely in practice on the Internet and even free open source and multi-platform distribution tools to save money and time (YouTube, Yahoo! News, Google News, Topix.com, bit.ly, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Ping.fim, SlideShare, IM Tools, Tubemogul and many others).
- Give your news room “legs” by enabling it to be more virtual, more viral and more mobile.
- Plan to incorporate Really Simple Syndication (RSS), Multi-media Syndication (MMS), and ShareThis.
- Incorporate an advanced search tool for news release archive, executive bios, E-press kits, key words.
- Further consider arranging your contacts by your line of business verticals, capability, growth/industry sector. You may want to also provide executive social media bios, consider offering speeches, presentations, a relevant and timely short video snippet, quotes and sector remarks.
- Incorporate Technorati’s functionality, it searches, tracks and organizes top blogs by topic and records timely up-to-date links relative to your subject matter/sector (technorati.com/about)
- White papers and research findings, and real-time subject/industry buzz metric graphs.
- Product and Service information.
- Provide an e-2.0, email, status update bar, media content update functionality or Twitter alert functionality for media, editors, constituents, and journalists.
- E-press kits ( for core lines of business, events, initiatives & issues).
- For enhanced SEO/SEM, VSEM/VSEO, strategically build, use and replicate key word meta tags/cloud tags, alt tags and meta descriptions across multiple channels, within your back-end newsroom source code, videos, E-press kits, graphics, speeches, events, blogs and pictures.
- Create a multimedia library (High resolution photo library, video library, B-roll library, MP3 files).
- Create external links/iconic image links to other key social networks where your business and executives maybe networking (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, LinkedIn).
- Seriously consider your Twitter strategy and it’s value to your business.
- Link or steam media past, current or related industry coverage by using Digg.com and del.icio.us.
- Implement a new press release template, a social media news release (Stay tuned for from my next blog post on this topic). This new press release format should enable your intended targets, constituents, and media garner the information, materials, and interactive media from within the news release itself to allow them to more easily create that earned media story more efficiently.
These are just a few thoughts for strategically planning a MarCom 2.0 makeover.
Let me know what you think?
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