A couple of weeks ago Facebook unveiled what CEO Mark Zuckerberg said is "the most transformative thing we've ever done for the Web." The "thing" is a platform called Open Graph, and it allows sites and apps to share information about users in order to tailor offers, features and services to an individual's interests and tastes — even if that individual has never visited the site before. CNN's report likened "Open Graph" to turning the internet into one big cocktail party. Open Graph was launched with more than 30 content partners, including The New York Times, Yelp, Pandora, CNN, ESPN and the Internet Movie Database. When you visit these sites now, you will see the Facebook "like it" thumbs up icon; when you click on it the site is recorded on your Facebook page and is sent out as a post to your friends and networks.
The Thicket State Legislatures blog reports that state legislatures are increasingly adopting social media, and says that the National Conference of State Legislatures is currently tracking the number of legislative social media sites across the country, along with policies for social media use on these sites.