National Guard expands presence in social media

The Missouri National Guard is expanding its online presence by joining new social media sites.

Google+ and Pinterest are the newest sites to gain Missouri Guard involvement, and reflect the Missouri National Guard’s commitment to reaching its soldiers, airmen and family members through all available means, said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.

“The Missouri National Guard leads the nation in many aspects, and social media is one of those areas,” Danner said. “Communities across Missouri are so supportive of the Missouri National Guard; we want to be sure that we are taking part in the conversations that are happening in the social media environment.”

Google+ is a place for Guard members to see more than just news about the Guard. They have the opportunity to discuss the Missouri National Guard with new circles of friends.

Pinterest is currently one of the fastest growing social media sites with more than four million active users. It is a “virtual pinboard” that allows users to share ideas, images and other things they find inspiring. Users post “pins,” usually images or graphics, onto their own categorized pinboards.

The Missouri Guard has started its boards with categories including military history, military photography, National Guard stories, deployments and military life. Some pins are repinned from other Pinterest users while others are original pins from Missouri National Guard websites.

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