Archive for June, 2007

The D-Ring is a family-friendly blog, according to an online tool from Mingle2.com:

Online Dating

I got that rating for using the word “shoot” once (and I am pretty sure it wasn’t in the context that Mingle2 would find objectionable). Compare my rating to the rating for Blackfive:

Online Dating

Blackfive was given that rating for using the words “dick” (22x), “dangerous” (5x), death (4x), kill (3x), suck (2x) and poop (1x).

I think my blog rating just got less tame…

What’s your blog rating? (h/t Leah)

Update: As noted in the comments, only the front page of the blog is considered for these rankings. Also, the addition of the words in this post have bumped my ranking to PG.

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A milblog search engine

I recently stumbled across this cool tool. It was created by a PhD student named Phil Lawson who is working on his thesis (which has to do with milblogging) and allows you to do a customized search of various top-rated milblogs on milblogging.com, as well as all of the winners of the 2006 Milbloggies. And the D-Ring for some reason.


Customized search is a great thing, and this tool seems like a great way to get the pulse of the military blogosphere in a single click. The next step is to create an even more comprehensive search that indexes all of the blogs on milblogging.com

Thanks to Phil for sharing this with all of us.

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The military isn’t the only organization uncomfortable with blogging. It looks like the NCAA is too. (Issue Dynamics)

Cell phones becoming the “go-to” gadget. Mobile marketing for the military, anyone? (Communications Overtones)

A great lesson on online communication from my Edelman colleague Steve Rubel. The future is about participation, not pitching. (Micro Persuasion)

It turns out the April/May hoopla over a supposed “crackdown” on milbloggers hasn’t had the effect that the Chicken Littles of the blogosphere assumed (as I said back then). Want proof? JP Borda of Milblogging fame says that his ability to blog during his deployment hasn’t been impacted at all. (Milblogging.com)

Thats all for now.

Also, many of you have noticed that I have been posting much less frequently and not responding to e-mails. I am truly sorry for that, but life has been crazy for the last few weeks — work, school and I am about to close on my first home in Washington, DC. Once I move into my new place, I hope to get into a more regular blogging pattern again.

Stay tuned. More coming from the D-Ring shortly.

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I have talked about the power of the Internet to help bridge the civil-military divide between those who live on Army bases and the non-military public.

The Army is about to create a “virtual Army installation,” which seems to be a start:

Laura Stultz may have never been in the military herself, but she’s had lots of experience holding down the home front, far from the nearest military installation, when her Soldier deploys.

Now, with her Soldier-husband serving as chief of the Army Reserve, Mrs. Stultz feels a personal responsibility to make things smoother for other Army Reserve spouses who keep the home fires burning during deployments.

One way she hopes to do that is through a concept she’s dubbed “the virtual installation.” The idea, Army Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz explained, is to make the information, services and support offered at big bases available to Families either through the Internet or through local Soldier support centers.

The general acknowledged that all spouses face hardships when their loved ones deploy – regardless of whether they’re active duty, National Guard or Reserve. But unlike active-duty Families who can turn to their local post for help if they need it, Army Reserve Families often live far from an Army post and don’t know how to tap into the services offered, Laura reminded her husband.


Lt. Gen. Stultz sees two ways the virtual installation concept might work. It could be Internet-based, enabling Army Reserve Families to use their computers to get the information, support and services they’d find at an Army post.

Another idea is to set up offices around the country, staffed by volunteers to assist military Families. Lt. Gen. Stultz said he envisions “Soldier support centers” around the country, possibly sharing space with the local American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars or other organization.

In my humble opinion, the Internet option is much more practical.

Connecting reserve families online is a start. The next step is to connect the non-military public to the military.

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Booz Allen wikiness

It appears that the folks at defense contracting giant Booz Allen Hamilton are using wikis internally to track trends in new media.

Anyone from BAH reading this blog care to share? The wiki is behind a firewall, so I don’t have access to it. I would love to see some screen shots, hear more about how it is used in the company, etc.

Confidentiality promised, of course. 🙂

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Headed to DINFOS

Going back to my old stomping ground at Fort Meade in a few hours to talk to students about the importance of social media to the military.

If only my allergies would quit. 😦

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I have gotten a second pitch from New Media Strategies about Discovery Channel’s My War Diary series (disclosure: NMS is a PR firm that does online communications work for various clients. I also work at a PR firm doing online communications).

The pitch wasn’t bad (although the guy pitching me didn’t disclose the fact that he was working at a PR firm being paid by Discovery Communications), and I think the concept for My War Diary (a television program completely made up of organic video from theater submitted by Soldiers) is very cool.

So I’m biting. They are looking for more submissions. Videos can be submitted online or by mail.

My open question to NMS though — this is the second pitch for the series I have received in 4 months. Are Soldiers not submitting video?

If you have more questions about My War Diary, e-mail Discovery Communications.

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That is the best new phrase I have heard to describe the nature of online relationships.

For military folks interested in learning more about how people interact online, what better than a slide deck?

(h/t Leah)

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People are talking about Ricardo Sanchez online. People, that is, excluding milbloggers.

The spike came as a result of recent comments made by the retired general at a recent speech in San Antonio.

One would think that when a former commander of troops in Iraq publicly says that the U.S. has lost the war and should cut its losses, milbloggers would have something to say about it.

Instead, stunning silence.

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