This is the first and only tweet I, @sheffus, will make on this account. On August 2nd, 2013 I am officially transferring control of the @USCERT_gov twitter account to US-CERT/DHS. I have been responsible for the account since I created it in late
2008. I originally created the account (and numerous others)
when I started exploring twitter and how it could/should be used by
I just want to say "Thank You" for following along and allowing me to provide this service. I hope you have found some value in the feed. This community has been incredibly encouraging and helpful. Followers have even alerted me directly when there were problems with the feed. For that I am truly thankful.
The back story, in case you are interested
How and why I became responsible for the @USCERT_gov feed
In late 2008 I started to explore twitter. At that time I set up a number of twitter accounts sending out federal agency content. Many agencies had not yet jumped in to twitter and I was interested in getting their content broadcasted. I set up accounts for DLA, EPA, the US Archives, USAID, DHS and a number of others. I also set up a few aggregation accounts for government news including USGovNews, UKGovNews and CanadaGovNews. Most of the individual Agency accounts were eventually removed by twitter and the Agencies that were getting their Social Media activities started. The account I had created was in the way and, to be fair, I had no authority to set up the accounts in the first place. Most Agencies had set up official accounts, managed by dedicated professionals and were on their way to building communities of engaged and informed users. I was simply providing a placeholder service while they got their Social Media initiatives together. Also, I wasn't providing any interaction at all. I didn't want to 'speak' for any Agency. I was simply pushing content from their RSS feeds to the twitter account. I use twitterfeed.com (@twfeed), which is a wonderful, free service, to connect the Agency RSS feed(s) to twitter. I am glad that the Agencies finally got involved and started using twitter to engage with citizens. Twitter has offered citizens a unique and often very personal way to communicate.
For whatever reason the US-CERT had not set up their own twitter account. Over time the account gained more and more followers and content was often retweeted. Which makes sense, since the US-CERT content is always helpful and appreciated.
Handing @USCERT_gov over to US-CERT
On July 17th a follower contacted me via my personal account, @sheffus. That user was @AnAHAmoment. I searched LinkedIn and discovered that the user was a "Social Media, Web Presence and Innovation Strategist" working at the US-CERT. Long story short: @AnAHAmoment and I discussed the @USCERT_gov account and the tools I have used to broadcast their content. We also discussed the growth of the account (which was 100% organic) and the future of the account. I offered to hand over control of the account which I think was unexpected. It has always been my hope that someone at US-CERT would officially take over this account. It is time for the professionals to start providing real interaction with the users.
I have high hopes that this is what is coming next.
Thank you all for your support. I hope to see you around twitter and elsewhere.
Some of the weakest leaders I've seen use organizational silos as a defense for not fixing a problem. "Gee, I'd love to help but that problem is in so and so's organization." Nice job of stepping up pal. I'd much rather work with and for the person who instead says "That looks like a big issue over there. How can I help solve it even though it's not in my area?" You get the picture.This mindset pertains to all problems big and small. Whether it's a discarded soda can on the front walkway at your company headquarters or a large profit shortfall in a major business unit, you owe it to yourself and your team to help in any way you're able (even if that only consists of pointing the problem out to the true "owners" and asking how you can help. By the way, simply pick up the soda can and put it in the recycling bin. And if along the way, you find your company doesn't have a recycling program, well… you know what to do).
I have forever loved the "Presenter view" when briefing from my Mac. It really makes briefings easier when you can see upcoming slides and your notes on screen. It is the default presentation format on my Mac, but was never available on Windows. I just found you can do this from a Windows machine, if you know how.
Microsoft explains it well: "Using Presenter View is a great way to view your
presentation with speaker notes on one computer (your laptop, for
example), while your audience views the notes-free presentation"on a projector.
How do you do it?
Configure PowerPoint to use Presenter view with two monitors
On the Slide Show tab, in the Monitors group, click Use Presenter View. Note The Display Settings dialog box from Windows Control Panel may appear. If it does not, you have already set it up. If you still want to change the settings, see Microsoft Windows Help to locate your Windows Display Settings and follow steps 2 through 4.
In the Display Settings dialog box, on the Monitor tab, click the monitor icon that you want to use to view your speaker notes, and then select the This is my main monitor check box.
If the This is my main monitor check box is selected and unavailable, the monitor is already designated as the primary monitor. You can select only one primary monitor at a time. If you click a different monitor icon, the This is my main monitor check box is cleared and made available again.
Click the monitor icon for the second monitor that the audience will view, select the Extend my Windows Desktop onto this monitor check box, and then click OK.
On the Slide Show tab, in the Monitors group, ensure that the monitor on which you want the audience to see your presentation, appears in the Show On list.