Social Media: You Still Need Plain Language

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Presenter: Katherine Spivey, GSA

On-Demand Webinar

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Is part of your job working on your agency's social media? Do you write for a blog, coordinate tweets, update your Facebook page?
If you’re engaging with an external audience, it needs to be in plain language—that’s according to the the Plain Writing Act of 2010. Besides the law, however, there are good reasons for using plain language:
  • Social media’s limited real estate 
  • Your relationship with your community
  • Competition for attention
During this webinar, we’ll give you tips so you can make sure your social media communications are in plain language.
NOTE: You may notice that this webinar is shorter than our typical DigitalGov University webinar. We’re experimenting with this shorter format to allow us to focus on a narrow topic and accommodate people’s busy schedules. We look forward to your feedback after the event to hear if this shorter format is something we should do more often.

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn how to use plain language in:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook and Google+
  • Blogs
  • YouTube/Video

About the Presenter

Katherine Spivey is the General Services Administration’s Plain Language Launcher, coordinating GSA’s plain language program. She is an active member of and trainer for the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN), teaches plain language courses, and hosts brownbag learning sessions.
Before working as a Plain Language Launcher, Katherine worked for GSA's Federal Acquisitions Service's Integrated Technology Services, where she managed Web content, coordinated social media, and edited Mary Davie's blog, Great Government through Technology.
Before joining GSA, Katherine was a Web content manager at the Department of Homeland Security, Web content editor at international law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and website manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She has taught at local community colleges and at the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington.


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