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The use of social media continues to grow throughout the world, connecting friends, family, and sometimes strangers in ways we never thought possible. Social media has even enabled deployed soldiers to engage with their families in the day-to-day events they might have otherwise missed without these technologies. Check out this inspiring story of how social media has impacted soldiers and their families.
While there are tremendous benefits to using social media, we must remember the importance of practicing safe social networking. The Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs frequently offers tips on how to safely navigate the world of social media on their official SlideShare site, including this presentation, 6 Social Media Considerations for Deployed Soldiers and Their Families.
How do you use social media to stay connected?
It was recently announced that LinkedIn, a social networking site dedicated to connecting professionals and job-seekers throughout the world, is now the second-most actively used social networking site in the US. LinkedIn, having now surpassed MySpace, is second only to Facebook in popularity.
With so many social networking sites available to users, each with its own goals and merits, it isn’t always easy to determine which to use or whether to use them all. Many folks stay actively engaged in a variety of social media, like maintaining their own blogs, tweeting their day’s events, and finding where their friends are on FourSquare. Others tend to separate their use of social media, depending on their goals. This is likely how Facebook and LinkedIn have risen to such incredible popularity. While most people enjoy sharing their thoughts and daily activities, both private and public, with friends on Facebook, there may be hesitation to share this information with one’s colleagues. Facebook users may find themselves denying friend requests from current and even former colleagues because of this. This is where LinkedIn can be truly beneficial. Users can maintain relationships with co-workers, former supervisors, and contacts they’ve made throughout their careers, without blurring the lines between personal and professional conversation. The varied focus of these social networks is more proof how social media can expand and enhance our real-life relationships.
Soldiers, particularly, have an opportunity to use social networks to enrich their communication. Active duty soldiers keep in touch with friends and family through social networks by exchanging stories, pictures, video, and more. Here at SEC, we use the SEC Live blog to share our thoughts on technology and innovation, amongst so many other topics. We also use the CECOM Facebook page to make announcements and share news about our organization. We’d like to know what type of social media you’re using. How do you connect, both personally and professionally?
Check out their page at http://www.facebook.com/CommunicationsElectronicsCommandCECOM
Not long ago, it occured to me that we needed a new voice. As the Director of the CECOM Software Engineering Center, I’m always looking for innovative ways to reach out to our Warfighter, colleagues, and friends; to keep our partners informed; and to get feedback whenever possible. I had heard a lot about how government agencies like ours had been reaching out to new audiences using the latest technologies and social media. This really got me thinking: if software engineering is not a static discpline, then we certainly should not be a static organization.
Which brings us here today, introducing the SEC Live blog, out first official foray into the social media world. The SEC Live blog is just one way of connecting with the Warfighter, our partners, civilians, and everyone in between. We’ll be discussing topics like news and events occuring within SEC, the latest technologies and developments in the software field, customer success stories, and many more. We’ll not just be talking; we’ll be listening, too. Your comments and feedback are vital to keeping this blog a platform for open dialogue and meaningful conversation.
The SEC’s mission is simple: Provide life cycle software solutions and services that enable Warfighting superiority and information dominance across the Enterprise. My hope is that this blog serves as a venue to share our mission with new audiences and to remind old friends that our number one goal has and will always be to support the Warfighter through software superiority. This blog will enable our organization and our partners to hear and be heard through this new voice.
I hope that you’ll continue to check in with us here at SEC Live and let us know how we’re doing.
Until next time…
Mr. Nelson Keeler is the Director of the CECOM Software Engineering Center. For more information about this blog or the SEC, please visit our website at http://www.sec.army.mil/secweb/
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