Every major federal agency is now using Twitter and YouTube and 23 of the 24 major agencies are on Facebook.
The Nuclear Regulatory Agency — the only major agency reported as not using any of the three major social networking sites in a June 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office — joined Twitter in August 2011 and launched a YouTube page a month later.
“The NRC has no plans to get on Facebook in the immediate future…”
Now, don’t judge, the world isn’t coming to an end. This is citizenship 2.0 and these are public agencies. Meaning that they are here to help us. What better way than to share information on the internet?
If you add in the minor agencies the federal government is pretty busy:
A total of 125 on Twitter, 114 on Facebook, 85 on YouTube, 44 on Flickr, 4 on FourSquare, 4 on Google+, and 2 on Pinterest.
- NASA – 2.16 million followers
- Smithsonian – 651,000
- FCC – 480,000
- Justice Dept – 465,000
- Peace Corps – 451,000