25 must-follow #gov20 heroes on Twitter

Public servants and engaged citizens are bridging social media and government to build a more open and transparent democracy. Here are 25 #gov20 heroes to follow on Twitter (alpha by Twittername):

@adrielhampton: Government of the people, by the people, for the people | private eye, public servant, blogger, Chickasaw, dad, progressive Democrat | @gov20radio | @govwiki.

@AndrewPWilson: Member of HHS social media team.

@bevusa: Public Servant. New Media @ The White House.

@caseycoleman: Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration.

@cdorobek: Federal News Radio 1500 AM anchor.

@cheeky_geeky: Scientist, advisor, writer for O’Reilly Radar, Federal Computer Week, True/Slant and Examiner.com on government, politics, science, technology, and pop culture.

@craignewmark: customer service rep & founder for craigslist.

@dominiccampbell: FutureGovConsultancy.com / EnabledbyDesign.org / AccessCity.co.uk / TweetyHall.co.uk.

@dslunceford: 20-year media and PR pro focusing on Government; TiVo, Home Theater & general gadget fanatic. Creator of http://GovTwit.com.

@EllnMllr: Co-Founder and ED of Sunlight Foundation. Also founder of Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign. Money, power, influence and transparency expert.

@govloop: Social Network Connecting Gov’t Community, Gov 2.0, OpenGov, Gen Y.

@govtwit: The world’s largest Governent Twitter Directory. Managed by Deloitte’s Steve Lunceford – @dslunceford.

@gwynnek: Curious, irreverent geekette, working at intersection of Tech and People, loves her maddenboyz, now in dot-gov.

@immunity: Director of Enterprise 2.0, Navstar Inc. (I talk about Government 2.0 too, supporting the US Fed Gov since 1994 ). Random Blogger of Life.

@jgilliam: Created act.ly, WhiteHouse2.org, and NationBuilder.com.

@krazykriz: Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Food, Fun and Fortune (in order of importance).

@levyj413: EPA Web Manager, Gov’t 2.0er, Federal Web Managers Council, Social Media Subcouncil Co-Chair.

@lewisshepherd: CTO of Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments.

@marydavie: Career Fed, Native Northern Virginian, VA Tech Hokie, Personal Mission to improve Gov Acquisition, Interested in Web2.0 and Gov2.0.

@mlsif: Editor, Writer, Strategist, Agitator. Co-founder Personal Democracy Forum; advisor to Sunlight Foundation.

@nickcharney: A Public Servant who runs a VERY unofficial blog on public service renewal in Canada (eh); ps I lub social media.

@mixtmedia: Catalyzing collaboration for government, industry and individuals; mom; life is as you define it.

@ScottHorvath: Web developer and podcaster. Interests in Government and social media, the power of many, converting tech-challenged to tech-hopefuls.

@sradick: Social Media Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton.

@timoreilly: Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold.

Luke Fretwell is the founder of the civic innovation and technology blog GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. He has worked with a number of government-focused companies and media, including CivicActions, NuCivic and FedScoop and has been involved in broad-focused community efforts, such as GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMeet, Agile Government Leadership and Open Source for America. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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