Raising Awareness On-line: Person-to-person-to-person Networking


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Troutman
June 30, 2007, 12:16 PM
http://www.nraila.org:80/ActionCenter/GrassRootsActivism.aspx?id=52




Internet social networking has exploded in recent years. Websites such as MySpace, YouTube, and Facebook attract millions of teens and young adults. These on-line communities foster a connection between their users, and user-generated content (like pictures, profiles, music, video) is all the rage with young adults, often to the bewilderment of their elders.
Until recently, this has been unexplored territory for NRA’s grassroots efforts. Not anymore!

NRA is proud to announce its arrival into the online world of social networking on MySpace, YouTube, and Facebook. By actively participating in these new forums, we are now able to reach out to potential members and supporters in a way we’ve never done before.

Although these new NRA websites are designed primarily to reach the next generation of NRA leaders, NRA members of all ages are encouraged to participate, and to also share this with their children and grandchildren. It’s probably safe to say that the teens and 20-somethings you know are already well versed in the language of these on-line networking sites. Perhaps simply sharing this article with them will pique their interest enough for them to check us out on-line where our videos, testimonials, and press releases eagerly await them!

The first and by far the largest of these sites is MySpace. MySpace is an on-line community where people can post their profiles, interests, and activities, in order to both network with long-lost friends and to meet new ones. To check it out for yourself, visit http://www.myspace.com. You needn’t have a MySpace profile to visit our page at http://www.myspace.com/nationalrifleassociation. But you will need to register (registration is free) to create your MySpace profile, and we encourage you to add our profile as one of your MySpace “friends”.

YouTube is the leader in online video sharing, where users can upload and share video clips on the website. Many political campaigns are even producing videos exclusively for YouTube, as it is essentially free to broadcast on the website as opposed to the exorbitant cost of traditional media buys. To get in on the action yourself, and maybe become an online movie star, visit http://youtube.com. To view the NRA Videos profile and to subscribe to our videos, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/NRAVideos.

And finally, Facebook.com is the seventh most-trafficked website in the U.S. (according to Facebook Vice President Chris Kelly), and the choice networking site for college students. Over half of its 15 million registered users log on to the site daily. Please do what thousands of other young adults have done and join our Facebook group, “National Rifle Association of America (NRA) – Official Site” at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2246211058. If you have a loved one in college, encourage him or her to publicize it to his like-minded friends and to his or her student groups. The Grassroots Division will even supply you with handouts to distribute to young adults directing them where to find us on Facebook!

If we are going to actively reach and recruit the future leaders of the pro-gun movement, we must take full advantage of these on-line social networking resources. Our Facebook group has already gained a good deal of attention, and we hope to reach many more young people with our important message in the months and years to come. By launching our profiles on these sites, the torch has been lit for the next generation. Now it’s time to pass it off to your kids and grandkids. They’ll know what to do with it!

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