Thursday, June 17, 2010

Positives of Social Media

Oh, the era of Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media outlets! For many, you probably have one or two or maybe all of these mentioned. It is an easy way to connect with old friends and new friends and share pictures and let everyone know what you are doing. Sometimes these are abused and most college students have attended a lecture about social media etiquette once or twice here in the past several years. However, sometimes it is really used to bring people together. Case in point:

My brother as you know is at Basic Combat Training in Ft. Jackson, SC. We received a letter last week telling us what his mailing address is, but it also said their captain maintained a Facebook group. She had on there what the exact name was, but for some reason it took me a really long time to actually find it, but I did find it! It has been fun to see pictures of my brother as he is going through this experience. It is also cool to know what they are doing basically each day. This group also can bring together friends and family of the soldiers going through the same regiment. They can talk and it serves as a place to encourage (or destroy --sorry for such strong language) people. My mom, an avid non-Facebook person, recently signed up herself just so she could see what is happening.

You might think it is crazy, but it is good to see him. When Bryan went through training we had absolutely no idea what to expect. Now, we get to see Tim kinda go through the process. Most of the time the pictures aren't necessarily of him, but they are his group. This might even be a little more humbling than just showing up for graduation. You never forget what they are doing and why they are doing it. You see the struggles from others, but you see the excitement as well. Something I have noticed is that although it is the soldiers really doing the work, the armed forces is a family business. Being a soldier is not a 8-5 job. Thank you Facebook for giving people like Tim's regiment a place where people can come together in this experience.



  1. That is the coolest use of Facebook ever! I love that idea!

  2. Love the idea :). My question is, how did they clear that through military security? Are we progressing from a closed door policy to a more open information era because of Facebook? I hope so!

  3. I am not sure how they got it through security. However, I think everyone is now using it who goes through training. The soldiers don't get to get on, but it is a way families and friends can connect with the captain. And, I am sure they don't show everything that goes on there, but it is still nice :)

  4. So awesome. Also, I tried to find it but I couldn't which means you will have to help me with it this weekend. haha. :)

  5. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making this my most commented blog post of all time. I couldn't have done it without each and everyone of you :) And, yes, of course KB I can show you!