Google’s Steve Grove announced today that they’ve worked out the legal requirements for more federal agencies from the United States government to join Google+.
As close observers of the social Web know, +NASA led the federal government’s way onto Google’s “social backbone” for the Internet through the quiet explorations of their open government technology team, with the +U.S. Department of State and the +The White House following them not long afterwards. President Obama held the first Google+ Hangout from the White House on January 30, 2012. The First White House Google+ Hangout featured real questions from citizens in a fully interactive virtual context.
Here’s Grove’s full status update:
Welcome to Google+, Uncle Sam! We’ve just closed a deal to onboard federal agencies onto G+, announced at a social media camp hosted in Washington yesterday. Keep your eyes out for more plus pages like +NASA , +U.S. Department of State , +Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum , and more.
If I’d been paying closer attention to what was happening in the federal Twittersphere in Washington yesterday afternoon, however, I would have known about this news 24 hours ago. Federal social media lead Justin Herman tweeted the following: “Announcing at #SocialGov Camp - Google+ has negotiated Fed-friendly TOS with @GovNewMedia for the government! #Gov20 #OpenGov”
June 28, 2012
In a blog post on HowToGov about the fourth federal social media camp, the GSA indicated that they’ll be launching an online “Federal Social Media Directory” in July 2012.
[Above, @ introduces Google+ at yesterday’s camp. IMAGE CREDIT: @JustinHerman.]
The rest of the federal agencies will now have the same capacity to interact directly through Hangouts on air and, notably, through Hangouts on mobile devices, for citizens that have smartphones and internet connections capable of supporting the functionality.
Today’s federal compatible terms of service agreement with Google stands to enhance the ability of agencies to easily host live events online and to communicate with large numbers of networked citizens on Android mobile devices.
Will U.S. federal agencies put any of that to good use? As they said in the last century, “stay tuned.”