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“A picture is worth a thousand words”: Photo Sharing at AIDS 2012

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Photo Sharing at AIDS 2012

This Labor Day, like many Americans, I spent time with friends and family and took photos that I shared with my mobile phone.  Today, sharing photos on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram (we’ll write more about Instagram in a future post) offers an easy opportunity to share information about yourself and causes you care…

Gearing up for Social Media at USCA

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USCA 2012

It’s been a month since AIDS 2012 and now it’s time for the 2012 United States Conference on AIDS . The annual conference planned by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) takes place September 30 to October 4, 2012.  The conference marks the 25th anniversary of its founding. The 2012 theme is “Ending the AIDS…

Inspiration and More from the CDC National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

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CDC National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

Last week I attended the 6th Annual CDC National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media in Atlanta, which provides a forum for the discussion and exploration of health communication, marketing and media. Topics and panels covered a range of issues important to many of us in the health communications field. On the Sexual Health…

Twitter, and Mobile Technology, Take Off at AIDS 2012

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When the XIX International AIDS Conference drew to a close, #AIDS2012 had been tweeted 85,608 times over the course of the six-day conference – a ten-fold increase over AIDS 2010. With free WiFi available throughout the convention center, the increasing role of new media in health communications, and conference delegates making ample use of smartphones…

The Cloud: Using Web-Based Tools for Collaboration

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A typical day in the life of many AIDS.gov team members involves writing, editing, and sharing documents — blog posts, training materials, conference materials, reports, videos, and more. Multiple team members working across cities and time zones contribute to and review each document, so having quick, effective, and easy ways to share documents is key….

Gamification: How Can We Work It?

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During Eric Hackathorn’s recent webinar on ‘Game On! How Gamification Can Work in Government’, it was stated that “recent studies show that 70% of Americans play video or computer games. The numbers are expected to rise with mobile apps and other emerging technology. ” This statement was followed by the question, “ how can government…

Social Media and Mobile @ AIDS 2012

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It was very exciting to see the presence of a number of social media and mobile sessions at the XIX International Conference on AIDS (AIDS 2012 ) last week in Washington, DC. Patricia Mechael (@PattyMechael), one of the presenters at those sessions, noted that HIV/AIDS was one of the first areas to leverage mobile technology…

New Media in Changing the Response to HIV

State of New Meda & HIV Panel

On Monday, July 23, AIDS.gov hosted a satellite session at AIDS 2012 on the State of New Media and HIV. During the session we heard how new media is changing the response to HIV, allowing individuals and programs to engage others and create conversations and dialogues to further HIV prevention and treatment goals. At the…