Friday, November 21, 2008

Oregon National Guard launches official Facebook Page

The Oregon National Guard has entered the world of Web 2.0 by launching its official Facebook Page today.

The site currently features a number of photos of Oregon's citizen-Airmen and citizen-Soldiers, as well as photos of Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, the commander-in-chief of the Oregon National Guard, as well as Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard.

Members of the community, regardless if they are Oregon Guardsmen, retired, or civilian, are encouraged to join as "friends".

"While I think this is a great opportunity for Oregon's Airmen and Soldiers to connect via one of the world's most popular social networks, it also positions the Oregon National Guard nicely in the world of New Media and Web 2.0 tools," said the Oregon National Guard's New Media Manager, Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy.

Indeed, social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace have grown in popularity, capturing majority of the market share for people ages 18-29. Facebook in particular has approximately 120 million new users, and was recently ranked as the number one social networking site in the world.

The new site will allow Oregon Guardsmen to network and connect with colleagues, family members, and other states' guard members, Choy added. But Oregon's efforts in social networking go much farther.

"Sites like Facebook, and indeed our entire new media initiative allows our Soldiers and Airmen to engage in online conversations with their families, friends and the general public," Choy said.

The Oregon National Guard expects to officially launch its entire New Media initiative in January 2009.

The Oregon National Guard's Facebook page can be found here.

Compiled by Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Staff

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