Last week, GovLoop featured an excellent review of the U.S. Army's Facebook Landing page. For the Army, Facebook is a great way to keep families and friends informed of their latest activities, and serves as a superb recruitment vehicle. It also keeps families connected while men and women in uniform are away from home, as Greg Jaffe's emotional story reports:
Here's an excerpt from the story:
With each successive year of war, new technologies and social-media sites have narrowed the distance between the home front and the frontlines. In the early days of the Afghan war - before Facebook existed - troops typically e-mailed home a few times a week. They called even less frequently.
Today spouses and troops, based in even the most remote areas of Afghanistan, can trade messages and phone calls dozens of times a day. In good times, the minute-by-minute status updates provide peace of mind.
In moments of crisis, the connectivity can make the looming possibility of death seem almost suffocating.
What about you?
Do you know someone in the armed forces who is away from home,
and with whom you keep in touch via social media?
Share your story.