Posted on Nov 2, 2013
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What are the pros/cons of this? First just a bit of background: throughout our lifetimes and careers, technology has advanced at an exponential rate; it has rapidly changed processes, the way we interact, the way we problem solve, and the way we do business. Social media is a relatively new phenomenon; however, to say that it is a "game changer" is an understatement to say the very least... So, how has this changing dynamic impacted your leadership style? How do you see it changing the way we communicate, interact, problem-solve, and do business in the future? As we've seen right here on RallyPoint, collaboration at this scale (and with this level of diversity and knowledge) is extremely powerful! The idea here is to generate thoughtful discussion, brainstorm and have some fun in the process. So, in your opinion what applications does social media have in the military realm? Now, let's get this thing started, so grab those keyboards and... see you all in the discussion threads!
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SGT Kevin Toole
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Sir,

I personally feel that social media and e-communication (e-mail, texting, etc.) have destroyed the communication chain.

If this media could be used in a way where something could be posted and checked (and it actually happens), then it COULD be great. From my experience, the excessive use of e-mails, texts, tweets, etc. has become a cop-out. All too often I see people sending out a mass e-mail with zero follow-up. When something goes amiss, it is too easy to blame the recipient for not being at a desk all day.

I often say that social media has been the death of being social. In my short three years in the Army, I have seen the exact same thing here. It is too easy to send an e-mail, text, or tweet (which may or may not be received) and expect results. This often backfires.

The simple act of doing a quick round and getting in some face time not only guarantees that the message will be received, but it also boosts morale. To me, direction coming from a person speaks far greater volume than that read on a screen.
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MAJ Keith Davis
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I agree, Social media is not a replacement of Face time or even a phone call
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Unfortunately, this is all too true. Dependency on technology is at an all time high and follow though is virtually non existent in some cases. The limitations also cause misunderstandings that tone & inflection prevent. One of my E7's rule of thumb is, if it can't be conveyed accurately in one or two texts, make it an actual phone call.
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I use Facebook to connect with my Soldiers. It provides a way to know your Soldier in a generation where people have difficulty with face-to-face communication. It also allows for leaders to identify behavioral issues with their Soldiers and keep it at the lowest level. While it is beneficial, it can lead to issues with certain leaders not knowing how to conduct themselves online. It can also cause issues with people who can not separate "work and play". I think social media is a powerful tool.
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I agree. One of my former 1SGs has used FB for years to keep up with his Soldiers. I picked up this tool from to aid in tracking an AWOL Soldier who was UA in Panama.
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At one time we had party lines, pay phones and teletype and as change happened, society changed along with it. Social sites have a way of connecting people but there is that risk of harassment and other things. Personally employers have no right to snoop. It is online voyeurism and detrimental in building trust.


In other words, employers should not spy and neither should anyone else. Intelligence Agencies have a vested interest in rooting out dangerous subversives so I get that.

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MSgt Keith Hebert
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When it is posted to the web you are making it public, there by searchable and usable.
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It is voyeuristic and rude. It is like digging through someone's drawer. Just because you can does not make it right.
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SSgt (Join to see) - I agree with you. What's next? Letting an employer or potential employer set up cameras and microphones in your house? As a general rule of thumb I don't have anyone on social media that I work with or from units that I'm in. Until I leave a unit or company, it usually stays that way. It's kind of the same idea as not taking your home problems to work or your work problems home.
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