Military families may feel a little closer to loved ones stationed far from home this holiday season, thanks to a new social media guide published by Facebook today, following up on initiatives announced the week of Veterans Day.
Facebook and the nonprofit Blue Star Families are introducing the Social Media Guide for Military Families today, part of a multi-pronged effort Facebook announced on Veterans Day that’s designed to help families connect and communicate using social media during long deployments.
The guide has specific tips, some we’ve pasted below, that families can use to share and connect on social media channels. The guide is available on the resources tab on the U.S. Military on Facebook page, or may be viewed or printed here.
In a blog post announcing the new resource, Facebook says that the guide is “an easy-to navigate online handbook detailing everything from privacy settings to groups to Operational security and more – - all tailored for today’s 21st century military.”
Don Faul, vice president of online operations for Facebook and a former U.S. marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, adds:
As a former active duty Marine, I understand how hard it can be to be separated from family and friends, especially during the holidays. Social media services like Facebook play an important role in the lives of service members and military families and are a particularly beneficial link between those stationed around the world and their families at home.
Facebook also has a blog post co-authored by Blue Star Families, that features stories shared by fans of the U.S. Military on Facebook page and other military-related pages.
Last week, Facebook asked fans to share personal stories about how the platform has helped them stay connected with loves ones around the world.
The Nation Gives Thanks application, which Facebook launched around Veterans Day as a way for people to thank the military for their service, has been downloaded 60,000 times, the company announced.
Have you used Facebook this holiday season to communicate with family and friends far from home?