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 know.

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.