Monthly Archives: April 2009

SOLD OUT! Free Cupcakes and Social Media: April 1, 2009

Donna Childress at Blogging and CupcakesThe first event in our series of delicious conversations was held at the ultra cool Baked & Wired in Georgetown. HHS social media guy Andrew Wilson talked about Government 2.0 and how HHS is using social media for crisis communications, community building and crowdsourcing.

You can follow Twitter coverage of the event through hashtag #blogcakes. More pics here. See list of attendees on registration page (scroll down).

Wednesday April 1, 2009: 6:00 – 7:15 PM

Baked & Wired (in Georgetown, see Google map) 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

A special thanks to DBCPR + New Media, who co-produced this first event with us. Thanks also to Jess3, TechCocktail and Genius Rocket. Last but not least, thanks to our friends at Baked & Wired.

Rapid Response: Using Social Media in a Crisis

Wilson talked about the HHS/FDA/CDC Social Media page which was set up — in only four days — to educate consumers and enable them to spread the word about the Peanut Butter Product recall related to salmonella. He also told us about crowdsourcing the new HHS Center for New Media.

No April Fool’s

* The first 10 registrants each received a signed copy of The Corporate Blogging Book by Debbie Weil. (One copy per company or organization attending.)

* Every attendee got (at least) one yummy cupcake.

Baked & Wired’s cupcakes were declared the best in the nation in the March 2009 issue of The Atlantic.

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Andrew Wilson, HHS social media guy

andrew_wilson_twitter2-300x164Andrew Wilson, HHS’s Web Content Manager, has been involved in the creation and coordination of the agency’s social media strategy and is helping create the new HHS Center for Social (or New) Media.

He invites you to follow him on Twitter.

Previously the Managing Web Editor for the USDA’s CSREES,  Andrew is responsible for day-to-day management of PandemicFlu.gov.

A Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in the mid-1990’s, he has a master’s degree in entomology.

Useful Links

How Government Is Using Social Media to Respond to Citizens by Pete Blackshaw (Ad Age – Feb. 9, 2009)