Military Twittering With The Blessing Of The Brass

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Army brass are all a-twitter about the value of an online presence.

In fact, Lindy Kyzer's job with the Army is updating Twitter and Facebook and monitoring the Army blog. It's not exactly the usual image people have of the Army, but one the service is trying to change.

The top American commander in Iraq is on the social networking bandwagon, though General Ray Odierno (oh-dee-EHR'-noh), commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, doesn't use Twitter himself. He is on Facebook though.

Aside from using social networking and the Internet as a way of opening itself up, the Army is finding it key to recruiting tomorrow's soldiers.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Arata says there's some resistance, but it was probably the same with the telephone and worries that "somebody might hear you." Arata says that's exactly the point, "we want people to hear us."

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