For many government agencies, LinkedIn functions as a gateway platform to social media.
After all, it’s easy to join and the audience tends to skew more business-oriented than other platforms.
Compared to Facebook or Twitter, for example, users often place the most value in using LinkedIn as a portal for sharing industry-related jobs and best practices.
For its part, LinkedIn also tries to limit connections between users to those that have existing professional relationships in the real world.
Therefore, LinkedIn’s “Groups” feature is particularly useful in helping disparate users connect on subjects where they share common ground.
Most groups are self-regulated by moderators who selectively allow admittance to encourage topical discussion and link sharing, but large or particularly active groups can usually be joined with little hassle or delay.
LinkedIn “Groups” provides an incentive for both those in government and the private sector to share ideas and potentially collaborate on issues of mutual interest, such as economic development, technology or public safety. LinkedIn is a great place for government agencies to learn and share knowledge with the private sector in an open and transparent way.
At Arc 3, we’ve identified below our top five LinkedIn groups for government agencies and workers to expand their connections and learn about updates in their respective fields. These groups were selected on the quality of their government employee members and the amount of shared learning and constructive dialogue.
Top 5 LinkedIn Groups for Government:
- Better Government (12,995 members)
- GovLoop (4,333 members)
- Government 2.0 (9,956 members)
- eGov Community (6,081 members)
- Emerging Local Government Leaders (913 members)
Want to learn more about how your organization can utilize LinkedIn to encourage public-private cooperation in areas such as public safety, economic development and technology? Please contact us and let us help you unleash the power of LinkedIn in building professional relationships.