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Setting sail with the Navy — via social media

April 28, 2010 - 0 Comments

Our Navy men and women endure long periods of time at sea, with little contact with their loved ones. However, with the wide use of social media tools such as Facebook they don’t have to wait until docking at the next port to connect.

We just ready a good story on DoD Live that shows how much things have changed. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Outreach and Social Media (and former Google executive) Sumit Agarwal was on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to see firsthand the extensive use of social media on the vessel. We are sure it comes as no surprise that our favorite example is the Facebook page of crew members’ families that gets direct updates from the ship’s captain via video teleconferencing (VTC).

Kudos to the Navy for being so innovative helping our service men and women stay connected across vast distances with their loved ones.

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