The CDC Zombies are Back…In Comic Form!

Brainssssssssssss!

It’s Halloween season…and who doesn’t love a good zombie story?  AMC’s The Walking Dead is dominating TV and Romero’s Dead continue to press forward in new brain-munching glory with every new iteration.  And the federal government does not want to be left behind!

Last May, the CDC had massive success with their Zombie Preparedness Kit campaign – teaching everyone about the value of being prepared for ANY emergency.  Whether you are being threatened by a shuffling corpse or a tornado, being ready can save your life. A serious message delivered via a fun (and effective) campaign. The campaign went viral (how ironic) across social media channels and crashed the CDCs servers as people logged on for more info.  Like I said, who doesn’t love a great zombie story?

Now the CDC is back with those fun-loving flesh-eaters in comic book format. You can download the online graphic novel Zombie Pandemic: Preparedness 101, from the CDC website for free. It educates about a preparedness kit against the gory backdrop of what else? A zombiepocalypse! Get ready..and read a comic book!

Top 10 Most “Liked” Federal Government Agencies on Facebook

Apparently the Marines are looking for a few good “likes” for their Facebook page.  And judging from an article this month in Government Technology magazine, they’ve found them. The USMC tops the top ten list of most “liked” federal agencies on Facebook:

The U.S. Marine Corp
1,584,318 likes

The White House
1,178,189 likes

The National Guard
1,012,382 likes

The U.S. Army
920,629 likes

NASA
595,788 likes

The U.S. Air Force
562,301 likes

The U.S. Navy
384,107 likes

The CDC
160,253 likes

The FBI
154,051 likes

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
146,314 likes

Not surprisingly, most of these agencies have been at the forefront of social media outreach for years. The White House conducts real-time virtual town hall meetings. The US Navy publishes an actual social media handbook encouraging sharing via social media.  The VA actually hired one of their most vocal critics to drive their social media engagement.  And who can forget the CDCs Zombie Preparedness Kit campaign!  The one surprise for me was the FBI – glad to see people are not too paranoid to like them!  I was also surprised some of the other social media friendly federal agencies, like the EPA (only 33,665) and GSA (3,362) were so low in comparison. Probably has something to do with the size of their operational scope and not their social media savvy though because those agencies, and several others at the federal level do great things with social media. I think “social media influence” rather than hard numbers is a topic just ripe for an infographic!

I’d be interested to see a similar list at state and local level, although I bet populations would weigh heavily on that one! Let me know if you’ve ever seen a infographic or recent data on that one.