September/October 2009 issue
GovLoop: A Social Network for the Government Community
by Erika Cohn, Library Intern, St. Louis
I know what you're thinking: do we really need
another social networking site? According to
Steve Ressler, founder of www.govloop.com, the
answer is yes.
In 2008, Ressler started GovLoop with the goal
of connecting court, state, local and federal
government employees. Unlike Facebook, which
allows users to connect with people they already
know, GovLoop helps users meet and connect
with interesting and innovative people in the
government community they may not already
GovLoop provides an informal setting,
unrestrained by geography or time, where
government employees can ask questions and
learn from one another. The site fosters
communication by way of substantive discussion
forums, relevant and informative blogs,
employment resources, and event calendars.
There are over 500 member groups on topics
including human resources, government 2.0,
libraries, young government leaders, and
Microsoft SharePoint. Essentially, GovLoop is
an outlet for people to share their ideas, from the
inside, about government.
GovLoop, now owned by software provider
GovDelivery, has over 20,000 members from all
across the country. The site is open to anyone
interested in government work and is free to join.