Personal blogging by Steph Gray, former digital agency founder and erstwhile bureaucrat


Is social media safe for work?

November 29, 2008

Quick plug for something I’ve been contributing to elsewhere: we’ve been working with the TUC and Get Safe Online to launch a new toolkit to help improve workers’ Internet security awareness and skills. From the press release: While employers are improving their Internet security systems, their good work could be undermined if they fail to…

An incomplete field-spotters guide to the jungle beasts of the social media enterprise

November 4, 2008

Herewith in a half-dozen crisp pen-portraits, a description of some of the characters you are sure to meet as a missionary for social media in the curious jungle of social media in the enterprise: Macaques are fun and infuriating. They love to experiment, grabbing something and leaping away to play with it. They’re sociable types…

The Someday List: 1. Licensing

October 24, 2008

Seems all the cool kids are doing a series of themed blog posts, so I’ll join the party: over the next few weeks I’m going to cover four topics from my ‘Someday/Maybe’ list of applying social media in government: Licensing Accessibility Guidance Evaluation Let’s start with the one I’m most sketchy about: licensing. Image credit:…

Why I love social bookmarking

August 20, 2008

Sadly, I missed Jenny Bee’s session titled ‘Why I love Twitter’ at the UKGovWeb Barcamp back in January, but if I were ever to run one, I’d have to call it ‘Why I love Social Bookmarking’. Let me count the ways: It frees your favourites. I have a computer at home, and a computer at…

Innovating in small steps

June 12, 2008

There’s social media which constitutes a great leap forward, and then there’s social media which, while only arguably social, is still better than what went before. It’s been quite a frantic week, partly driven by the launch of the new Work Skills command paper online which falls squarely into the second camp. When the team’s…