ASPA 2012 conference in Las Vegas – Core Twitter network

This weekend I attended the annual conference of the American Society of Public Administration in Las Vegas, NV. The theme of the conference was “Redefining Public Service through Civic Engagement. I was a fist-time attendee and loved the conference format: I had organized a panel on how social media innovations are adopted in the public sector and we received instant feedback and confirmation from the practitioners in the room.

ASPA has also asked its participants to actively engage with the speakers via social media. Twitter use was definitely in its infancy, but I had fun virtually connecting to people across panels and even remotely during the first two days of the conference, while I was still in Syracuse. I created the Twitter network based on users adding the #aspa2012 hashtag to their messages. All comes down Erik Bergrud’s (current ASPA president) use of Twitter:


About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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