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Wrapping Up 2013: A Look at Engagement This Year

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This New Year’s Eve, we look back at an eventful and exciting 2013 at AIDS.gov. In July we examined our most engaging content across social media channels (the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) from the first six months of the year. In this installment, we have created a Storify  to showcase the content that you interacted with…

How YOU Were #FacingAIDS for World AIDS Day (Storify)

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“Hashtag” was the word of the year in 2012, and we’ve seen its use expand from Twitter to Instagram, Facebook, Vine, and other social networks in the last few years. Hashtags link unique keywords and phrases with the “#” symbol, allowing conversations to be more organized and searchable across social network users. We commonly use…

Join the World AIDS Day Thunderclap for HIV Testing & Services

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We know that using social media can be a powerful way to communicate our messages, and we’re always looking at how we can amplify those messages even more. Last August, Howto.gov hosted a webinar on Thunderclap , a new online tool designed to create action with social media (you can view the webinar here). It inspired…

#FacingAIDS 2013: Write. Snap. Share.

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For the sixth year, AIDS.gov is hosting the Facing AIDS photo sharing project. We would like to thank everyone who has participated over the years. Through your participation, you have helped to commemorate World AIDS Day (December 1) by bringing awareness to the effects of HIV stigma and encouraging HIV testing. We invite YOU to participate…

Social Media TA: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

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The 141st American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held November 2-6, 2013. The theme for the meeting is “Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World.” APHA provides a myriad of opportunities to learn more about using social media in public health. We have highlighted a few ways that…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Day 3

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Some of yesterday’s highlights from the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA): The Importance of Patient-Provider Conversations Addressing a vital aspect of retention in HIV care during a plenary session, acclaimed photographer Duane Cramer and fashion designer Mondo Guerra from Project Runway—both of whom are living with HIV— highlighted the importance of continued open and…

Lessons from the USCA Social Media Lounge

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This year at the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS, our new media staff  is hosting the Social Media Lounge for attendees to gather, share experiences, and ask questions around new media tools and best practices for the HIV community. We’ve had attendees from all across the country come in to chat. Here are a few…

AIDS Service Center NYC’s New Media Evolution

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Editor’s Note: We invited AIDS Service Center NYC to share how using new media extends the reach of their HIV work. Two staff members shared their unique experiences working with one of the communities most impacted by HIV: young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Ramona’s Story (Director of Prevention Services) As a social…