Here is an interesting collection of officially unofficial military blogs, facebook, flickr, myspace, and delicious pages, youtube channels, twitter accounts, and more.
- DoD Social Media (Defense.gov “Registered Sites”)
So, yes, the National Guard has a facebook page and COCOM – CENTCOM – U.S. Forces Afghanistan has a YouTube channel, but the disclaimer says that that they are not “endorsed” by the DoD and that the DoD does not “exersise any editorial control of the information you may find” [insert ironic “sic” here]. So, Official, but UnOfficial. Registered, but not endorsed. Good sources of information, but unedited. Consistent with the mission, but … use at your own risk?
The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense does not exersise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided consistent with the mission of Defense.gov.
While these quasi-official social media channels are at least quasi-official, there is even more, less-official, information coming soon. A Twitter thread on Gov 2.0 has been hot recently asking the question, “What if every govt employee have a blog?” and referring to this O’Reilly post: Why Posterous Is a Smart Tool For Informal Government Blogging.
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