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Air Force releases updated social media guide.

Airmen and families have a new resource at their fingertips with the release of an updated and revised social media guide by the Air Force Public Affairs Agency in San Antonio, Texas.

The guide features sections geared toward all members of the total force and their families as well as Air Force leaders. It highlights topics including using social media effectively, security awareness, social media platforms, public affairs programs and social media policy.

"Our social media team has made great strides in updating this guide," said Larry Clavette, AFPAA director. "Airmen and families will see a lot of information they can apply to their social networking practices, whether they've been using social media for years or are just coming onboard with the technology."

While information on social media has been around for several years, the types of platforms people use evolve and new ones start up nearly every day. Regardless of the social media platform used, or whether people use social media personally or professionally, many basic principles apply.

Operations security ranks first and foremost in the minds of many military members, but the casual nature of social media can easily lead to inadvertent sharing of sensitive personal information via personal profiles and accounts. Everyone should make sure they share personal information only with people they trust and understand that no matter how secure they set up their own accounts friends can unintentionally share details about their lives with people who may have malicious intentions.

Though the desire to protect personal information is one reason people may not join social media platforms, unfamiliarity with the platforms is another commonly cited reason for staying out of the social media arena.

"By now, many people are already using social media, so this guide doesn't focus on how to set up new personal accounts," said Capt. Amber Millerchip, deputy director of public communications at AFPAA. "Instead, we focused on how to communicate more effectively on some of the most commonly used social media platforms. We hope everyone finds something in the guide they can use in their personal or professional communications on these platforms."

The social media guide is available on the official website of the Air Force at http://www.almilishared/media/document/AFD-120327-048.pdf. Questions and comments about the guide can be directed to the AFPAA Social Media Division via the contact information on the guide's back cover. (Tech. Sgt. Karen Tomasik, AFPAA, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas)
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Title Annotation:ROUND THE RESERVE
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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