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In last week’s post on PodCamp, we noted that our blog would begin to carry a list of new media conferences. We encourage you to visit the new Conferences Page. We want to highlight conferences because these events can contribute to the dialogue on the effective use of new media. Many of these conferences are…

Going to PodCamp and Learning about Obligations

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Last week, two members of the AIDS.gov team went to PodCamp in Washington, DC. PodCamps are usually free unconferences that offer a chance for new media users (such as bloggers, podcasters, and social networkers) to learn from experts and to engage in dialogue with each other. We want to thank the organizers: Christopher Penn ,…

Doing the Right Thing–508 Compliance

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In our post last week, we talked about planning and putting people first before choosing new technology. We highlighted the POST strategy which starts with: P = People. Who is your target audience? What tools are they using? We believe in putting people first, and that means our website content must be equally accessible to…

People Before Technology

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At AIDS.gov, we’ve learned that new media is exciting and many of us want to incorporate these tools into our programs before we have a plan. To prevent this from happening, our AIDS.gov New Media Strategist has urged us and others to use Forrester Research’s POST strategy to stay on track.

Health-Focused Social Networking Sites

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This week we continue our social networking series, and we look at health-focused social networks. Health-focused social networks function as communities for people with specific medical conditions (such as HIV/AIDS) and provide space for users to share their experiences, find support from their peers, and discuss their health concerns and treatment information.

To Blog or Not to Blog-Our AIDS.gov Journey Continues

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Last week we told you we were going to do another entry on social networking sites–but we decided to preempt that post because we’ve reached an important anniversary, and we held a meeting about AIDS.gov’s future. We want to tell you about both of those things, and get your input. When we launched this blog…

Conference Highlights How to Use New Media Tools

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Last week, our Communications Director and New Media Strategist joined over 1,200 people from across the U.S. (and beyond) in New Orleans to talk about using new media to create social change and to share best practices. The occasion was the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) conference, "Building Community: Connections Around the Globe and Around…

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are ranked third in the nation in the rate of AIDS diagnosis compared to all other races and ethnicities. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), Colorado State University’s Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE), and Inter Tribal…