Why does the government have a tumblr?
Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.
USA.gov uses social media channels, like Tumblr, because we want to provide trustworthy, timely, useful, relevant and interesting government information in places where you can easily share it with your friends, family and colleagues.
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A number of other government agencies are also using Tumblr. You can verify that a social media account is actually from the government using the Social Media Registry.
Image description: If you’re looking for a great read, check out the National Archives Today’s Document Tumblr. You’ll find pictures and videos highlighting unique moments in history. Plus Time Magazine just named the blog one of 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013!
From the National Archives:
#ICYMI: Today’s Document was featured in timemagazine's 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013!
Not only can you “impress your friends over cocktails,” we can also attest that Today’s Document will give you a formidable advantage when playing those high stakes games of furlough Trivial Pursuit (original Genus edition).
Every day, the government uses social media services like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to communicate with you and provide easy access to government information. But social media sites are hosted on commercial domains (not .gov or .mil domains), making it difficult to determine which accounts are official government sources and which are impersonators.
Use our Social Media Registry to verify whether or not a social media account is managed by the U.S. federal government. You’ll need the complete URL of the account you’re verifying (example:http://twitter.com/whitehouse).
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