GovLoop is another social media application suitably designed for government employees and contractors. Known as the “Facebook” for government contractors, it was founded in May 2008 by Stephen A. Ressler, a former employee at the United States Department of Homeland Security. As of August 2010, it had over 32,000 members. It parallels Facebook in a variety of ways, as profiles can be created, “friends” can be added through accepting friend requests, photographs and videos can be posted, and groups can be joined. As of May 2010, there were more than 700 discussion groups and more than 5,400 blog posts that provide advice and solutions to business problems. There is the ability to add RSS feeds and listen to a couple weekly podcasts. GovLoop has even considered expanding its services internationally to Israel, Netherlands, Brazil, and Australia.
In addition to GovWin and GovLoop, there is The Federal Contractor Network that parallels LinkedIn, and also GovTwit that parallels Twitter. These are only some of the many social media opportunities available to government contractors.