Social media story. Years ago while I was working in Egypt I connected with a gentleman from Anchorage through LinkedIn. While on leave in Alaska (where my family was at) I had coffee with him. Great conversations. About a year later I joined Toastmasters thanks to him, in his club. Toastmasters led me to a job lead which I did not get, but it helped me get the job I have today. It all started with a LinkedIn request.
I began a social media campaign a few years ago to drive traffic to my website which I maintained as a storefront to sell my books. It sort of worked. At one time thousands of Internet surfers reached my website every day, most driven by links they found in FaceBook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and other social media. Sadly, it didn't sell books, not to the degree to which I aspired. I documented my successes and failures on my weblog. You may find it instructive if you're interested...
I was so anti-social media that I needed a friend to explain that I was now on one. I can only speak for myself, but I think the benefits from this particular forum are outstanding, and possibly dangerous to a degree. I work for an organization that prides themselves in anticipating the next threat and developing solutions. I think its great to have a forum in which I can pool generations of warfighters. The military's rank and file structure can limit the voices of junior warfighters. This forum allows equal say without fear of retribution or humiliation, at least for the most part. I enjoy being able to leverage thousands of minds at the tap of a key.. The possible pitfall could be OPSEC. Social Media Exploitation Cells are a pretty powerful tool, and if we use it...so can they!
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