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Social Networking in 2012

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Pew SNS Age Over Time

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is an increasingly valuable resource to our work at AIDS.gov. Pew has been conducting surveys related to social media since 2005. Last week, Pew released data on the demographics of social network users , including gender, race, age, education, income, and urbanity. Social networks surveyed include Pinterest, Instagram,…

Apps and Social Media to Show You Care

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Social media and mobile apps are great tools to help you connect to people. For example, you can connect to your former high school sweetheart on Facebook, share photos with your family on Instagram, send an eCard to your partner, or tweet about the great date you had last night. You also can use apps…

Make Sure New Media is Not a Source of Distracted Driving

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Miguel with Phones

AIDS.gov encourages the use of new media to respond to public health issues, and to meet our audiences’ needs, we offer content through social media. Over time, we are seeing a major shift in the way people are accessing our content—nearly 50% of our traffic is now coming from mobile devices. While we are excited…

The New Facebook Timeline: A Tool in Response to HIV

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AIDS.gov Facebook Timeline

It’s estimated that 96% of Facebook users never revisit fan pages once they hit the “like” button. We at AIDS.gov hope this changes with the new features of the Facebook timeline for Facebook Pages. Three months ago, Facebook announced that Facebook Page owners had a month to update their profiles to the new timeline format…

Tumbling Uphill: Social Blogging Site Tumblr on the Rise

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At AIDS.gov we continuously follow and research emerging social media tools for what may be the next big application. However, one of the big stories of 2011 wasn’t around an “emerging” tool, but one that had been with us since 2007. Tumblr is a social blogging site that that allows individual blog posts to be…

Pinterest: Visualizing our Aspirations for the HIV Community

Pinterest Beth Kanter

This week we have a guest New Media post from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, one of our Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council Members. Pinterest is the newest wunderkind in the recent influx of social media tools. Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter all promote a shared community across borders. Pinterest has exploded as a social…

Health, Technology, and Communities of Color

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Susannah Fox

Last week was the AIDS.gov Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council (FHAWC) meeting, which brings together web, content, and communications leads from federal agencies with HIV/AIDS portfolios. Susannah Fox from the Pew Internet & American Life Project gave a presentation about communities of color to the FHAWC. Below is a blog post that recaps her presentation. Serendipity…

Facebook, Instant Messaging, Skype and More—To Encourage HIV Testing

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Last month, we attended the 9th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities (AAMSM) in New Orleans, LA,  to encourage the use of new media in HIV/AIDS programs. Over 350 federal, state, and local health officials, community based organizations (CBOs), HIV/AIDS service providers, and community leaders gathered to share…