For the latter two groups, just consider the advantages: no complicated web management, fast publishing, multi-user, cheap (in many cases free, like my current host) and strict content governance (i.e. you can stop potentially controversial comments or disable comments altogether).
If these guys consider blogging, I hope they don't do follow the example of AGIMO. Say what - AGIMO?
Never heard of them either - but that's the Australian Government Informational Management Office within the Department of Finance and Administration. AGIMO has recently published a discussion paper to guage the Australian people's view on whether the government should launch a consultation blog. Yes, these bureaucrats really are serious!
We agree with Duncan Riley, writing for TechCrunch:
Now whilst it’s great to see a sovereign nation officially consider a blogging strategy, I want what ever it is the soon-to-be former Government is smoking; the irony of launching a consultation paper on a consultation blog seems lost on them. Certainly deciding to run a blog based on a lengthy consultation process by itself seems to me to prove that they shouldn’t be blogging at all; after all, if the purpose of having a consultation blog is to gain feedback from the public, wouldn’t they just be better off launching the blog and taking feedback from the public via the blog rather than launching a consultation paper that probably cost six figures to come up with by a committee of high paid public servants who love nothing more than creating papers like this as a means to avoid real exposure to the will of the public? A little cynical perhaps, but reading a paper that describes blogs like 2002 called again can do that to you.
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