Social Media Military History
Along with all the worthy things and all the bad things that the Internet brings to us, there is one certain thing you can always expect from it: it’s constantly changing. Quite unlike military history, where much is written in stone, the world wide web is continually ebbing and flowing from one trend to the next.
For example, it used to be that a person would sit down at their computer and type keywords into their favorite search engine in order to find websites related to the information they were seeking. This is still a celebrated practice, of course, yet the practice hasn’t really advanced with online technology. It quiet depends much on the searcher being able to input keywords specific enough for the search engine to understand and return the most appropriate results. It also requires the searcher to beware of malicious websites, which in itself can be a daring challenge at times.
Over the last couple of years, this advance to seeking and receiving online information has been turned on its head, with the rapid rise of social media and social networking websites and applications. Denizens of cyberspace have been rushing at light hurry towards communal websites like Facebook and LinkedIn, to news and info gathering and sharing websites like Digg and Google Reader, and to real-time ‘cyber-stalking’ (messaging) services like Twitter and FriendFeed.
This current online electronic movement seems as if it’s leaving no area untouched, and the field of military history is no exception. The massive growth of social networking and social media websites have done much in the method of shortening the time we spend searching for online information, since we can now quickly and relatively easily have that information come directly to us. This is a boon for military history’s online growth, as well, allowing everyone from professional historians to lay hobbyists to unite and share their favorite facts and figures faster than ever before.
Countless military history weblogs and sites exist online, and sitting down at a computer pulling up site after site to read their daily posts can be very enjoyable. Problem is, allocating the time for reading, multiplied by more sites and more posts per site, can effect it a most difficult task. This is where social media networking advances to the front and takes charge. They are designed to help streamline, filter through, and focus on only receiving the information you want, and only from the places you want. Since many of the social networking sites have applications that can be accessed through mobile devices, like cell phones and Blackberrys, you no longer have to be occupying space in front of a computer in order to win that information.
Following are a host of quality military history websites and feeds that are taking advantage of social media networking. This is by far an incomplete list, and not a ranking of one over another. It’s simply a pick of a few of those interesting and most consistently posting military history, categorized only by the online vehicle they use – Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Audio, Video.
The Napoleon 101 Podcast -
World War II Reels -
History Bewitching -
HistoryNet (Weider History Group) -
Great History -
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