U.S. Military Now Has Its Own Social Networking Site

By Tracey E. Schelmetic September 22, 2011

While the general populace does its social networking on widely used sites such as Facebook, Twitter and perhaps now Google+, military service members now have their own dedicated social networking forum. Milpages, a new site created by U.S. Air Force Sergeant Adam Mulholland, will devote itself largely to military topics with the goal of bringing U.S. service personnel together online. 

“Unlike Facebook, we are focused solely on military topics or those things that have an interest to the military people around the world,” said Mulholland, who created the site. “This means, everything from opinions on what the military is doing today, coupons and savings, international military reaching across to nations around the world, or just random conversation.”

Digital media research company eMarketer Digital Intelligence Group says that social networking amongst military personnel has more than tripled in the past five years, according to PR Web. In 2001, nearly 64 percent of U.S. military personnel who use the Internet will use some form of social networking on a regular basis.

“Our site is targeted directly at military or supporters of, which is unique in the sense that it is being done on a social basis,” said Mulholland. “We are different because the site is not a commercial multi-million dollar company running it like military.com. It's created by actual military members.”

According to Mulholland, the new site contains some columns and blogs, but is largely dedicated to social networking.

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TechZone360. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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