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Building Public Engagement Using “Twitter Townhalls”

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Editor’s note: At AIDS.gov we dedicate time each week to listening and learning from our colleagues in the social media world. We are always looking to improve our use of Twitter given that we update our Twitter feed more than any of our other social media spaces.  Our colleagues regularly host Twitter Chats (PDF) and Townhalls…

Social Good: Igniting Passion and Innovation for a Better World

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Editor’s Note: This week the AIDS.gov team is at the United States Conference on AIDS. We will return next week with highlights from the social media sessions. Today we have a guest post about another recent conference, The Social Good Summit.  Last week, global leaders gathered in New York City to discuss a wide spectrum…

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…

Twitter on the Rise

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Twitter Usage Over Time

Last week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released the 2012 version of their annual report on Twitter use.  As soon as I read the news about the report (via Twitter!), I shared it with the rest of the the AIDS.gov team, released an AIDS.gov tweet about it, and decided to write this blog…

A Remarkable Day: The Beginning of the End of AIDS

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Optimism. Passion. Poignancy. Excitement.  Last week’s World AIDS Day observances generated these emotions worldwide. Thirty years ago, when the first federal first reports of AIDS emerged, none of the new media tools we use today were available. Since then, so much has changed to inform people about HIV and AIDS. Within the Office of the…

Recapping Social Media for the National HIV Prevention Conference

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As part of the planning and preparation for CDC’s 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC), we reached out to the staff of our CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) project to lend their expertise with social media outreach. Through our social media channels and activities we  promoted the conference, informed followers of key deadlines, and…

AIDS.gov Surpasses 100,000 Twitter Followers – What Does It Really Mean?

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The last month and a half has been a busy time for the HIV community. We commemorated 30 years since the first reported cases of AIDS on June 5, promoted National HIV Testing Day on June 27, and recognized the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on July 13. And amidst…

National HIV Testing Day TwitterViews

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New media has become a crucial tool for relaying health information, sharing resources, developing and maintaining partnerships, promoting events and building community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS.gov and other Federal partners have taken great strides in using new media as a form of outreach and communication, including the use of blogs,…