Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day
How is HIV.gov using social networks for World AIDS Day? We’ve launched the “Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day” campaign. It’s simple - take a photo of yourself wearing a red ribbon and, on World AIDS Day, put the photo on your social networking site (such as Facebook or MySpace), blog, Twitter pageExit Disclaimer, or website. We also have web badges that you can share with your friends and colleagues.
What is the response to Facing AIDS so far?We have been watching our web badges spread on the Internet, and seen the number of photos grow in our World AIDS Day Flickr GroupExit Disclaimer. People have been tagging the geographic location on Flickr - which shows the locations from which they are uploading their photos - so we can see a mapExit Disclaimer of supporters joining together.
We’ve also seen the numbers of our recently launched “Facing AIDS World AIDS DayExit Disclaimer” Facebook Group grow. And several of our avatar friends from Second Life have posted photos, too!
With one week left until World AIDS Day, will you join us in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day 2008? If so, here’s how you can take action in five easy steps:
STEP 2: Add the photo (or badge) to your social network profiles, Twitter, and/or blog in time for World AIDS Day. Leave it up for at least one week. Don’t have a profile in any of these places? No problem! You can go directly to Step 3.
STEP 3: Add your photo to the âÂ€ÂœWorld AIDS Day 08âÂ€Â Flickr groupExit Disclaimer! If you tag the photo with your geographic location, together we can make a map and album of supporters around the world.
STEP 4: Use your wall, status, tweets or website to encourage HIV testing. To find an HIV testing site near you (in the U.S.), send a text message with your ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948) or visit: https://gettested.cdc.gov/.
STEP 5: Encourage your friends to do the same and to promote HIV testing!
We hope you will join us in using new media tools to recognize World AIDS Day 2008! Are you planning or participating in other World AIDS Day new media activities? If so, please let us know! And check back next week for a special World AIDS Day post.